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City 0 - Liverpool 0

Just under 46000 at Eastlands, bathed in glorious sunshine, to watch City continue there recent good form saw a decent performance against a Liverpool side who despite their good form appeared to have their minds on the upcoming Champions League.

Liverpool started a tad more brightly and had the best of the first twenty minutes gradually setting the game to there pace which also suited the heat. Pennant went close and should have given Liverpool the lead as he gave Michael Ball a bit of a first half roasting.

For City Mpenza was again impressive and for a guy under 6ft certainly wins a lot of headers and competes for everyone. The centre halves again looked imperious. De Marcus Beasley also had ,in my opinion, by far and away his best game for the club.

The problem for city as the second half wore on was again the lack of any real clear cut chances been created , Beasley rattled the bar with an excellent shot and two good penalty appeals were turned down by Uriah Rennie. Playing 4-5-1 at home shows that Pearce doesn't believe we have enough to beat teams even at home, two ways of looking at this one is that he is a realist and would prefer to set up for a draw and see if we can snatch the first goal a position from which we invariably go onto win , secondly that he has no ambition and is pretty clueless when it comes to the attacking side of the game.
I think the second opinion is slightly harsh , but, at this stage of the season we are all but safe it may have been worth having a go at a Liverpool team with bigger fish to fry. Particularly given our recent home form on which Pearce will inevitably judged.

The game also marked the 18th anniversary of the tragic events at Hillsborough which led to the death of 96 Liverpool fans. Even as a 13yr old I remember watching those events unfold.
Liverpool fans unveiled a couple of banners, one which had something to do with Celtic fans ? Not sure why !

Just one final point if you are going to call for 'justice for the 96' and unveil banners to underline the point , make sure somebody stood ten yards behind you don't unveil a flag proclaiming 'Italian bizzies are Scousers' . It makes you look like hypocritical at the best, attention seeking idiots who dishonour there own dead at worst.