Manchester City v Birmingham 2007 to 08

birmingham home 2007 to 08 prog


20th October 2007

attendance 45,688

scorer Elano(36)

ref Mike Dean

City Hart, Corluka, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Johnson, Hamann, Petrov, Ireland, Elano, Mpenza – subs  Samaras(65), Ball(79), Fernandes(89), Isaksson(unused), Geovanni(unused)

Birmingham Taylor, Kelly, Ridgewell, Queudrue, Muamba, Palacios, Nafti (O’Connor 76), Schmitz (Danns 87), McSheffrey (de Ridder 59), Jerome, Kapo – subs De Ridder(59), O’Connor(76), Danns(87) Kingson(unused), Sadler(unused)

birmingham home 2007 to 08 elano goal


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Elano’s 4th goal in three games secures a sixth straight win in City’s best winning start at home since 1957. Although not the best performance of the season it was a tightly fought contest against a decent Birmingham side. Sven commented ‘It’s very good to win and take three points, knowing that you didn’t play to the best of your ability. For parts of the game, we played good football and should have scored more goals – but one is enough when You don’t concede’.
This was the highest home attendance of the season as the City bandwagon rolled on.

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Daily Express

…The Swede learned two things on Saturday. First, his team can win when they are far from their best. And second, Elano can stand up to the rough stuff as well as handling jet Lag.

Daily Star on Sunday

…What Bruce wouldn’t give for the extraordinary versatility of Elano, who only returned to the fold from Brazil on Friday lunch time and hadn’t kicked a ball until the warm up. His inclination to score only exceptional goals was illustrated for a third successive week.

birmingham home 2007 to 08 action


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