Verdict: Manchester City 0 Birmingham City 0

A second successive goalless draw at home left the crowd frustrated and criticism of Roberto Mancini is back on the agenda. Had we taken one of our 21 goal attempts then this would have been deemed a satisfactory week.

The three games in six games caught up with City in the area of finishing. We may not have battered Birmingham, but there were sufficient chances to score and one of them would surely have been taken had the team been fresher.

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Player ratings: Manchester City v Birmingham City

Hart – Cut a frustrated figure when he wasn’t able to initiate attacks quickly. Needs to stay calm and ensure possession is retained. 6

Boateng – Looking a lot more assured on the right hand side of defence. Defended well but we could have done with some of the long range passing, which can be his forte, to initiate attacks. 7

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