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Brian Talbot, the ex Arsenal and Ipswich cup winner, his side have taken teh lead v City.

Scott Vernon the scorer on 14.
 

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I noticed. I phoned my mate there at half time and he says we're crap. He reckons with the winds behind us this half we'll be better. Mills and Barton are having shockers. Mills believes it is best to lump it forward with a punt aganist a 90mph wind instead of playing along the floor. SEe why Onuoha should be starting instead?

No Fowler either, a family bereivement means its BWP and Macken up front. No Anelka once again. Good, **** him off.

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A bad defeat?

I would have thought City should haev won this with relative ease.

Whats happened to City?
 

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Well i saw the second half since the game was on right when i woke up. Sorry to say it but this was one of the worst games i have ever sceen in any league... The only thing that out sucks this game was the 0-0 tie Btw Holland and Sweden. The penalties werent even all that dramatic:(
 

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We had about 4 chances cleared off the line. Oldham defended valiantly, and merited their victory. We just couldn't get going, and 6 months ago I would never believe I would say this, but we missed Robbie Fowler. Keegan got his tactics wrong. He subbed Sibierski, a good ariel threat, for McManaman, and subbed BWP, our best finisher, in favour of a midfielder. We should have took of Thatcher and gone for a 3-3-4 with SWP, BWP, Macken and Sibi up front instead. Mills was crap and in a swirling wind decided to kick high balls against it. The guy is useless and we need to bring Onuoha back into the First XI.

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From BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/4139383.stm


An inspired display from goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi helped secure a shock win for League One Oldham at Boundary Park.
The Latics started brightly and went ahead when Scott Vernon sidefooted the ball in from David Eyres' cross.

Shaun Wright-Phillips' shot was cleared off the line by Eyres before the break and Pogliacomi then took over.

After Kevin Betsy went close with a lob, he produced a string of saves to keep out shots from Antoine Sibierski and Bradley and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Kevin Keegan handed a first start to Bradley Wright-Phillips but his side were well below par in the early stages.

There could have been a goal after only three minutes when Eyres' corner was completely missed by David James and flew into the net - but it was ruled out for no obvious reason.

Jolted by that, City pushed forward and Joey Barton blasted the ball wide after the Latics defence failed to clear Ben Thatcher's cross.

But Oldham deservedly went in front when Vernon was left with a simple finish after Eyres squared the ball to him from Neil Kilkenny's free-kick.


The same combination produced another decent opening for the home side but Vernon could only shoot straight at James after Eyres' cross.

City finally had a good spell towards the end of the first 45 minutes and Eyres denied Shaun Wright-Phillips an equaliser before Sibierski shot narrowly wide.

Both sides had great chances to score soon after the interval as the game opened up.

Betsy lobbed James but the ball floated just over the bar, while Pogliacomi blocked Sibierski's drive and Paul Bosvelt fired over after a goalmouth scramble.

Bradley Wright-Phillips was then left rueing more heroics from Pogliacomi as his near-post effort was kept out.

Keegan threw on Willo Flood and Steve McManaman in a bid to turn the tie around but it was 40-year-old Eyres who almost capped a superb display with a fierce drive which flew just wide of the far post.

Shaun Wright-Phillips has been the shining light for City this season and he thought he had levelled when he unleashed a curling shot - only for the outstanding Pogliacomi to tip the ball around the post.

City piled on the pressure in the closing minutes but some last-ditch challenges saw Oldham hang on for a famous victory.



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Oldham: Pogliacomi, Bruce, Haining, Daniel Hall, Griffin, Eyre, Hughes, Kilkenny, Eyres, Betsy, Vernon.
Subs Not Used: Bonner, Appleby, Mildenhall, Beharall, Christopher Hall.

Goals: Vernon 14.

Man City: James, Mills, Dunne, Distin, Thatcher, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Bosvelt, Barton, Sibierski (Flood 68), Bradley Wright-Phillips (McManaman 69), Macken.
Subs Not Used: Waterreus, Onuoha, Negouai.

Att: 13,171

Ref: M Dean (Wirral).
 
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