By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City secured a 1-1 draw away at Liverpool to restore their five point advantage at the top of the Premier League, even surviving the final 20 minutes with 10-men in a game that saw Micah occupy the right-flank.
A Vincent Kompany rocket header had handed Roberto Mancini’s side the lead, but it only last a couple of minutes as a Joleon Lescott own goal made it 1-1.
The first quarter of the game was a fairly open affair and both sides looked to exploit the flanks. Although there were no clear-cut chances of note, Sergio Aguero almost capitalised on a poor back-pass only for Pepe Reina to spot the danger and intercept superbly.
Just as Liverpool looked to be asserting themselves on the game – including a curling effort from Glen Johnson which just missed its target – Mancini’s men grabbed the lead, Kompany flicking on a header which flew beyond Reina and into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
However, if the City faithful thought their side could now pull clear, Charlie Adam had other ideas. He picked up the ball in midfield and fired on goal, and whilst the effort looked to be flying wide, Lescott stuck out his leg and diverted the ball beyond Hart to level proceedings.
With the wind in their sails, the home side looked to grab the lead through Jordan Henderson and Suarez, but Joe Hart and the City defence weren’t about to let themselves fall behind.
Adam went close soon after the interval with another well-struck shot, whilst another Reina charge from his line denied Aguero another chance at the other end.
A Liverpool corner eventually found its way to Stewart Downing, whose half-volley was pushed over by Hart, whilst Yaya Toure wasted a decent chance from 30-yards.
Mario Balotelli was introduced to breath new life into City’s attack, but his spell in the game was short-lived as he was dismissed for a second yellow, though the latter card was as dubious as it was clumsy.
The game continued to be an open affair and David Silva could and perhaps should have added a second for City, latching on to Edin Dzeko’s break only for Reina to block his attempts to shoot on goal, and the eventual tame effort being cleared off the line.
With time ticking, Andy Carroll’s late header was turned away by a fantastic one-handed save from Hart, and both sides had to settle for a point. At Anfield and having been reduced to 10-men, Mancini will surely take the draw which moves City five points clear of rivals Manchester United at the top of the table.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Kuyt. Subs: Doni, Carroll, Maxi, Coates, Spearing, Carragher, Kelly.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Johnson, Toure, De Jong, Balotelli.