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Boundary Park (ATT 13,171) 8th January 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Dean

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Vernon goal dumps City

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 08/01/05 2:06pm

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Oldham Athletic caused one of the biggest shocks of the FA Cup third round by beating Premiership neighbours Manchester City 1-0 at Boundary Park.

The League One club took the lead after just 14 minutes through Scott Vernon's well-worked goal and then defended stoutly as Kevin Keegan's side launched a second half onslaught.

Oldham were playing with a strong wind at their backs in the first half and they took full advantage - veteran winger David Eyres had the ball in the net from a corner early on but the goal was ruled out for John Eyre's push on David James.

City did not learn their lesson, though, and when Neil Kilkenny drilled a long free-kick to the back post, Eyres was on hand to turn the ball back across the face of goal and Vernon steered it into the net unchallenged.

The Latics striker could have had a second when an Adam Griffin cross found him unmarked, but this time his half volley was straight at James.

The visitors finally came into the game six minutes before the interval, when Eyres was forced to clear a Shaun Wright-Phillips lob off the line, before Antoine Sibierski met Jon Macken's low cross and nudged a shot just wide.

City were helped by the fierce wind after the break but they could not find a way past Oldham's outstanding goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi and they were grateful that Kevin Betsy lifted his shot onto the roof of the net when clean through.

Sibierski was the first to test Pogliacomi with a powerful downward header, but the keeper was equal to it, turning the ball off the line with his left foot.

Then, after Paul Bosvelt hooked the ball over the bar from close range, the Aussie stopper reached low to his right to keep out a shot on the turn from Bradley Wright-Phillips.

However, his best moment was reserved for late in the match, when he produced a flying save to tip aside a well-struck drive from Shaun Wright-Phillips.

City had other chances, with Macken headed wide of an open goal and Joey Barton firing a shot just wide, while Will Haining pulled off a saving tackle to deny Bosvelt.

Oldham's chances to add to their lead were few and far between but they did have their moments, notably when Eyres volleyed into the turf and the ball skipped just wide of the near post.

Keegan was without his two first choice strikers, with Nicolas Anelka injured and Robbie Fowler absent because of a family bereavement, but Oldham were missing their former City striker Chris Killen, who had been in superb goalscoring touch before a recent injury setback.

Brian Talbot's side were full value for their early lead and deserve their place in round four for the way they defended it.

 

Team NameOldham AthleticManchester City
Possession48%52%
Goals10
Shots On Target25
Shots Off Target210
Blocked Shots24
Corners616
Fouls Conceded712
Offsides32
Yellow Cards00
Red Cards00

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