SHEIKH MANSOUR’S £1billion investment in Manchester City was unable to save the Blues from an embarrassing Carling Cup defeat to West Brom’s second string at the Hawthorns.
Even with an estimated £100million of talent on the pitch at the final whistle as Roberto Mancini threw on James Milner and David Silva, City were unable to force an equaliser.
Milner came closest in stoppage time when Boaz Myhill made a flying save to ensure a West Brom side showing 10 changes from the team which beat Birmingham on Saturday preserved a lead Gianni Zuiverloon and Simon Cox had given them in a two-minute second-half spell. It was a dismal result for Mancini, who must now try to avoid defeat to Chelsea at Eastlands on Saturday to stop questions being asked about his admittedly short Blues reign.
In fact, as they contemplated their fate on the journey back up the M6, probably the only man who could look back on the contest with any satisfaction was goalkeeper Shay Given.
Given admitted his plight at Eastlands was not an attractive one but the Irishman turned in an excellent display.
City pounced on the counter-attack to score the opener with one of City’s debutants, John Guidetti, playing a key role before Jo calmly stroked the ball home.
But Zuiverloon belted his side level from 20 yards, before Cox found the same bottom corner after finding himself some space on the edge of the City box to secure the Baggies’ turnaround.
WEST BROM: Myhill, Pablo, Shorey (Jara, 67), Zuiverloon, Meite, Tchoyi, Barnes, Reid, Dorrans, Bednar (Fortune, 82), Cox
MANCHESTER CITY Given, Vidal (Zabaleta, 54), Boyata, Mee, Johnson, A, Cunningham, Vieira, Ibrahim (Milner, 71), Santa Cruz (David Jimenez Silva, 80), Jo, Guidetti
Referee N Swarbrick
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