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Manchester City's Gelson Fernandes is sent off by referee Mike Dean

Manchester City's Gelson Fernandes is sent off by referee Mike Dean

Sunday November 9, 2008Micah's Say... Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Manchester City suffered their third successive league defeat with the 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at the City of Manchester stadium, and Micah offered his thoughts on a game that saw three red-cards exclusively with MicahRichards.com.

City took the lead through Robinho after just 15 minutes, the Brazilian’s sixth goal in as many games, but Gelson Fernandes was then issued with his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

The incident brought Harry Redknapp’s side to life and they were level minutes later as Darren Bent raced clear to slot the ball beyond Joe Hart, and he added his and Spurs’ second 20 minutes after the interval to secure the points.

Controversy ensued soon after as City captain Richard Dunne became the second Eastlander to receive a red-card, before the visitors were reduced to ten-men with Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s dismissal.

The loss of Fernandes was a major blow to Mark Hughes, forcing the City manager to shift around his plans five minutes later as Spurs began to impose themselves on the game.

“In truth I think it was the major turning point in the whole game,” Micah said. “There was less then 30 minutes gone which meant we had two thirds of the game to play with a man down, and prior to that we were in firm control.

“When a player is sent off, the manager and his staff normally have to make changes or substitutions which affect the whole team.

“Today, Vassell was taken off in order for us to bring on a more defensive minded player in Hamann.”

Hughes disputed the sending off of Fernandes in his post-match interview, though the 20-year old admits he will wait to watch the highlights before making a judgement.

“I didn’t really have a good view, so I’ll need to watch Match of the Day later before I can voice my opinion.”

Aside from the disappointment of defeat, Micah looked solid in defence for City, but while the England international was happy enough with his performance, he still feels there’s more to come.

“I felt I had a steady game and didn’t make any huge errors, though I still feel I can play a lot better,” he added.

The loss sees City plummet to 14th in the Premier League table, and while Micah is concerned with the recent slump in form, he feels that the loss of a key player so early on in the game – and not the team’s performance – was the main reason for the defeat today.

“Today we found it hard to shut out the game mainly because we had 10 men on the pitch, and I think it would of been a lot harder for them if we hadn’t have got a man sent off,” Micah concluded.

“But I will give Spurs credit – they showed good belief to come back from being a goal down.”