City went down to a single Dema Ba goal at St Jame's Park, a repeat of last season's scoreline, in a game where we had long spells of control, our failure in front of goal robbed of us a at least a share of the spoils.
We certainly created enough chances to draw level if not take the lead. City had to contend with the early upset of losing Bassong with a hamstring problem. This gave Turner a chance to stake his claim, he didn't start too well, in that little period when he tried to pick up the pace of the game, he was a little too slow and played Ba in for their goal; but in all fairness he recovered and had a stable game alongside the impressive Barnett
The let off of a Cisse penalty miss right at the end of the first half could have proved to be the spring board we needed for the second half, it wasn't so much a miss more a rugby conversion kick, this after Morison had needlessly charged Williamson in the back.
It is still in front of goal we seem to missing something, our overall play is exceptional, solid and at times breath talking fast. But when we get into their box the ideas seem to fizzle out. Right up to Holt coming on for Morison there had been cross after cross put into their area and nobody to get their head to it with anger; more or less after Holt's appearence the crosses dried up. Snodgrass did have a good headed effort cleared off the line and Surman had a one on one with Harper expertly saved.
Ruddy was called into action and smartly got down quickly to a couple of second half efforts, but in truth the second half really belonged to City, who controlled the midfield. It got a little meaty when Tiote came on, he cut Johnson off at the knees, but the ref had just given a free against the City player for an earlier foul. I still believe that some action should have been taken. A few minutes later Howson chopped Tiote down and recieved a yellow , then not to be out done Tiote almost put Turner on a strecher with a waist high foul: clearly he made no attept for the ball, he was lucky to see yellow, the man may be good but he is like an animal.
He later upset his own team mates by trying to play keep ball with himself on the edge of his own area, it looked to have taken a calming word from Harper to ease him down.
I still think Hughton and Co need to be quicker in noticing and changing things, had Holt came on earlier along with Morison we would have had a bigger threat, The goal famine is starting to be a little more worrying , five games and only 2 goals for, and still no win.
The fact that we haven't won a game is not quite so worrying, as we are playing very well and creating chances, but the slide must be stopped sooner rather than later, it doesn't take long to be cut adrift . The argument that a more experienced wasn't brought in is starting to hold some weight.