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City 0 Liverpool 0

Sometimes, as unpalatable as it may be for some of you, it is more important to ensure defeat is avoided in a game that go all out to win - thus increasing the risk of a defeat.

I'm certain that Sven looked at yesterday's game with the idea that Liverpool pretty much had to win to keep alive slim title ambitions, whereas we didn't want to lose first and foremost and a point would suit us perfectly in a quest for European football.

And so it panned out.

Yesterday was generally regarded as a game of cat and mouse, with Liverpool holding the ascendancy for the most part and our stat of zero shots on target bears this out a little. Yet, for me is there nothing wrong with sticking to a gameplan and playing out a 0-0 if that is what is required.

In fact, renowned Italian football writer Gianni Brera has often championed the 0-0 draw as the 'perfect' result for a game of football, and what impressed me particularly yesterday is how well drilled we looked - particularly at the back where Richards and Dunne particularly showed a superb return to form after a slightly sticky spell which has seen us ship goals of late.

Vassell up front was as willing as ever, with Bianchi's demotion to the bench giving him ample time to no doubt check out the merits of a pie and pint before the game, but Sven must be keener than most to see the clock strike midnight tonight and herald the opening of the transfer window as it is clear we need reinforcements in an attacking sense - regardless of how Nery Castillo pans out.

No qualms about yesterday for me, and pleasing to pick up a point and keep ahead of those on our tails. Newcastle up next in a game I feel Sven will see as one to take all three points from, against a side shorn of confidence and in a mess off the pitch with the future of their manager again being questioned, and the habitual offender wearing stripes of a different kind.

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