What The Papers Said

"Never mind 'Welcome to Manchester', Mark Hughes and his City revolutionaries arrived somewhere new yesterday. It was somewhere cruel, tough and unfair but somewhere they look as if they may eventually feel at home. It is that place at the real peak of football where you discover that raging competitive will and stupendous ambition isn't always enough against the best around; against the teams who have been through all the rough and tumble of life at the top before."
John Dillon, Daily Express
19/02/2010 09:00, Report by Steve Bartram
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OT100 #100: Derby epic

dominant. But, after Giggs had crossed for Fletcher to score, Craig Bellamy exposed space between midfield and defence to lash home a fine leveller. After Fletcher had seemingly headed home the winner on 80 minutes, Bellamy struck a stunning equaliser as injury-time began, capitalising on poor play from Rio Ferdinand and Foster to slip a shot inside the near post. As City's supporters crowed long and loud about snatching an undeserved point, their players' celebrations tacked a further stoppage onto the alotted four added minutes. Midway through the 96th minute, one last punt forward from Rooney was cleared only to Giggs, who picked out substitute Michael Owen in acres of space. The predator's perfect first touch killed Giggs' equally flawless pass, allowing him to stab home an unerring finish and send Old Trafford wild with delight.

The Aftermath: City manager Mark Hughes, naturally, was livid with the additional injury time in which United scored, but Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to have put one over the Reds' local rivals in such dramatic fashion. "For us it’s unusual to accept that they’re top dogs in terms of media attention," he said. "But sometimes you have a noisy neighbour and you have to live with it. You can’t do anything about them, they keep making noise, but what you can do - as we showed - is get on with your life. Put

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