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Everton's Tim Cahill and Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta battle for the bacll

Everton's Tim Cahill and Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta battle for the ball

Sunday December 14, 2008Micah's Say... Manchester City v Everton

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Manchester City suffered heartbreak in the final minute of their Premier League encounter with Everton, Tim Cahill connecting with Leon Osman’s cross to beat Joe Hart and hand the away side a 1-0 win, and Micah reflected on the defeat exclusively with

The 20-year old was reinstated to the City defence after three games out with an ankle injury, partnering former Toffee man Richard Dunne, while Brazilian duo Robinho and Elano were also recalled.

It was the visitor’s that had the first real chance of the game, Osman dragging a shot wide after just eight minutes, and the travelling support almost had another chance to celebrate as Mikel Arteta’s free-kick headed goal-wards before rebounding off the crossbar.

City’s first real spell of attacking prowess saw Stephen Ireland shoot high and wide after nice interchange between Elano, Benjani and Robinho, and the latter was next up to test Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard with a quick-fire turn and shot.

The Brazilian’s compatriot Elano followed up the effort with a 25-yard drive of his own which was palmed clear by the Toffees’ stopper, and the tit-for-tit continued as Arteta caught Joe Hart unawares with a swooping effort that the forced the England international into a fine save.

There was a slight lull in proceedings leading up to the interval, though Shaun Wright-Phillips’ stunning effort rattled the Everton cross-bar with Howard beaten, while at the other Marouane Fellaini could have handed his side the lead on two occasions.

In contrast to the first-half, the second 45 minutes began at a slow pace, Pablo Zabaleta’s cutting out of a Phil Neville chip towards City’s penalty area the only notable act of the opening 20 minutes.

Substitute Jo then made his presence felt as he flicked on a long-ball forward into the path of Ireland, but Howard was once again on hand to knock the ball away from goal.

However, as both sides seemingly settled for a point apiece, Australia international Howard rose to connect with a late cross and head David Moyes’ side in front, much to the Everton manager’s jubilation.

The result extended City’s run without a league victory to three games, and Micah was dismayed by the outcome of what was an otherwise entertaining clash at the City of Manchester stadium.

“Obviously we’re gutted to have lost, especially as we had quite a few chances to win the game, and the fact Everton scored so late made it even worse” Micah said.
The frustrating thing is, we’ve been playing some good football, but we’re still not getting the results we sometimes deserve.”

The game was the England international’s first since he recovered from an ankle injury, and he felt no ill-effects over the 90 minutes.

“It’s frustrating having to watch from the touchline, so it was great to be back from injury and involved in the match,” he added.

“I thought I played ok, though I would be much happier had we taken the three points and kept a clean-sheet.

“These things happen in football though, but, with some new signings in January and a bit more luck, I’m confident we’ll begin to climb the table.”