Manchester City (h) Premier Reserve League
16th November 2010, 1pm
Venue: Darsley Park
Admission: Behind closed doors
1 - 0
0 - 0
Grieve for Campbell
Airey for Xisco (73)
Bunn for Tchuimeni-Nimely
Benali for Helan (84)
Subs not used:
who was replaced by a linesman on 23 minutes.
Half time: United 0 City 0
71 mins Grieve close range header 1-0
Full time: United 1 City 0
reserve goal from Matthew Grieve proved to be the difference between the two
sides in another behind closed doors league match at Darsley Park on Tuesday.
Back and ankle injuries restricted Grieve's second string involvement to just 7
starts in the last three seasons, but now that the imposing centre half has
returned to fitness, he's played six times already in the campaign.
Kept out the starting lineup today by the requirement to give pitch time to
Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell, Grieve replaced the latter on the hour mark and
barely ten minutes later had stooped to head the ball home from close range.
The home side dominated the opening period without creating too many clear-cut
chances, midfielder Michael Richardson combining well with the returning Leon
Best, but unable to get his shot away after advancing into the City area.
With Xisco back in the fray but making little headway. Steven Taylor spurned
United's best chance, misplaced his header from a Sam Ameobi corner. However the
major incident of the first half was probably the referee going off injured (or
bored) to be replaced by the linesman...
After the break it was a different story, with Magpies' keeper Ole Soderberg
called into action on three occasions in opening ten minutes - denying John
Guidetti twice and parrying an Andrew Tutte effort.
Of the two returning forwards, Best looked far more in the mood to impress the
watching Chris Hughton with Xisco leaving the field some moments after taking a
By then Newcastle were ahead, stand-in left back Stevie Folan winning a corner
that Sam Ameobi dropped on the head of Best towards the far post, Grieve
reacting first to beat visiting 'keeper David Gonzalez.
City looked for an equaliser, but efforts from Tom Smith and Guidetti were both
wide of the target and United achieved only their second home win of the season
without any mishap.