City and Liverpool played out a dour goalless draw at Eastlands and the result has allowed Spurs to steal in and take fourth place in the Premier League this evening.
Missing Carlos Tevez and Patrick Vieira, manager Roberto Mancini decided to play with Emmanuel Adebayor as the loan striker with former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy on the bench, but they could have done with the Welshman and the Argentine on the field from the start as both teams laboured to a point that could prove vital in the end of season run-in.
There wasn’t much to keep the fans interest in the first half with both teams failing to get a decent shot on target. In fact, it was Liverpool’ Martin Skrtel who had the best chance of the half, heading Steven Gerrard’s corner wide from just six yards out.
In the second half, Adam Johnson bullet cross was met by the unfortunate head of Ryan Babel, who needed some time out to recover from the blow.
Adebayor had a good chance to give City the lead, but his shot was well saved by Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal. Craig Bellamy was thrown on after 68 minutes to a rapturous welcome, the home fans clearly pleased with seeing the Welshman in action following his alleged bust-up with Mancini. He was on in place of Shaun Wright-Phillips and eight minutes later Stephen Ireland was replaced by Abdisalam Ibrahim.
Adebayor could have wont he game for City with ten minutes remaining but for Skrtel’s challenge but both teams had to settle for a point in the end which wasn’t enough for either team to prove their top four ambitions.
Instead, Spurs take over form the two, pushing City into fifth and with Aston Villa’s 5-2 win over Burnley, just one point separates Spurs in fourth and Villa in seventh.