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Micah Richards and Newcastle United's Sebastien Bassong battle for the ball

Micah Richards and Newcastle United's Sebastien Bassong battle for the ball

Tuesday October 21, 2008Micah's say... Newcastle Utd v Manchester City

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Following Manchester City’s 2-2 draw away at Newcastle United, Micah gives his thoughts exclusively to on a game that promised so much early on.

Mark Hughes’ men looked to be in the driving seat when, after just 13 minutes, Robinho was brought down in the box by Habib Beye, and the Brazilian duly converted the resulting spot-kick after the Newcastle defender had been given his marching orders.

However, the sending off seemed to bring The Magpies to life, and Shola Ameobi levelled for his side a minute before the interval after some sustained pressure from the home side.

Things went from bad to worse for Manchester City as Micah limped off with an injury midway through the second-half, and the 20-year old could only look on from the touchline as Richard Dunne netted in his own goal to hand Joe Kinnear’s side the lead.

However, with time ticking away, Stephen Ireland emerged as City’s hero when he equalised with a classy finish in the 85 minute, and thus both sides walked away with a point.

What did Micah make of a City performance that looked likely to secure three points after the sending off, only for a resurgent Newcastle side to go close to victory themselves?

“Overall it was not the best of results considering they had ten men for the majority of the game and we were winning 1-0 initially,” Micah told “Yes we got a point but it felt more like two points dropped under the circumstances.”

“It’s really disappointing not to have taken all three points – I just felt we didn’t make the most of the sending off.”

“We maybe should have tried killing the game off in the first-half rather than being patient. Sometimes when a team goes down to ten men they tend to work harder but I will give credit where it’s due – they did still try to attack and did well to turn the game around.”

Hughes handed Micah the chance to impress in the right-back berth, the position in which the England international played when he first broke into the City first-team, and he impressed his attacking talents once again with a number of charging runs.

“I enjoy playing wherever I’m asked to, but right-back gives me more freedom to attack and be more involved in the game in an attacking sense,” he added.

On the extent of the injury that forced the powerful defender to come off after 58 minutes, Micah explained that he had attempted to shake off the knock but that he will now await scans to diagnose the problem.

“I tried playing on but it started hurting me more so I had to come off,” he continued.

“It’s actually quite sore now, and while I’m not sure whether it’s serious, I’ll have more of an idea once I have a scan tomorrow. I’ll let you all know how I get on tomorrow after I’ve been in to see what the problem is.”

Micah Richards was talking exclusively to