Manchester City v Derby 2007 to 2008

 Derby home 2007 to 08 programme


Premier League

14th August 2007

attendance 43,620

scorer – Johnson(43)

Referee: LS Mason

City Schmeichel, Corluka, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Johnson, Hamann, Petrov , Ireland, Elano, Bianchi – subs Geovanni(74), Bojinov (77), Mpenza(89) Harte(unused), Onouha(unused)

Derby Bywater, Mears, Moore, Davis, Griffin, Fagan, Jones, Oakley, Todd, Pearson, Howard. – subs Earnshaw(69), Teale(46), McEveley(78), Price(unused), Leacock(unused)

Derby home 2007 to 08 johnson goal 1

I knew It was going to be a special night at eastlands  when I got Thaskin’s autograph outside the ground and then I was interviewed for Sky Sports News – Question What are you expecting from tonight Answer Well I know we will win but above all I want to be entertained.Well it wasn’t the best performance in the world in the first half as City were stifled by a very hard working Derby side. It took a world class strike, by an ever maturing, Michael Johnson 2 minutes before half time to start the Entertainment bandwagon in motion.

Derby home 2007 to 08 johnson goal

It was an impressive performance in the second half  which hasn’t been seen by the City faithful since Bernabia, Berkovic et al took the Championship by storm which roused the crowd to applaud the silky skills of Elano and his replacement Geovanni as they ran the midfield with the help of a man of the match performance from Didi Hamann.

Derby home 2007 to 08 micah

The performance deserved more than the one goal but as 90 minutes flew by the crowd were left purring at a 45 minutes the like had yet to be seen at Eastlands.


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