Belfast Telegraph

City held by Rovers

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson kept Manchester City at bay and left Roberto Mancini's ambitious side having to settle for a 1-1 draw against Blackburn at Eastlands.

Having retired from England duty the goalkeeper is intent on doing his best for Blackburn and he showed Fabio Capello what he is missing after making a string of superb saves.

The only time he was beaten was in the 55th minute when Patrick Vieira equalised for City after Nikola Kalinic had opened the scoring.

City almost made the breakthrough after two minutes with a flowing move. James Milner fed the ball out to Adam Johnson and he cut inside at pace before unleashing a shot that Robinson did well to block.

Johnson floated in an inswinging corner in the 23rd minute but Vincent Kompany's effort was deflected to safety.

A minute later, Blackburn went ahead after a mix-up involving Joe Hart and Kolo Toure following a long ball from Morten Gamst Pedersen. Kalinic took advantage for a simple tap-in.

Robinson denied Wright-Phillips and Johnson but could not stop Vieira, who played a neat one-two with Tevez before scoring from close range.

Robinson turned away a powerful shot from substitute Gareth Barry and Jo saw a shot blocked.

Kalinic forced a brave save from Hart inside the six-yard area in the 80th minute.

Robinson again came to the rescue two minutes from time as he took the ball off Kolo Toure's toes. Then Tevez saw his effort blocked in stoppage time and the rebound fell to Jo but his shot was blocked.


From Belfast Telegraph