Malcolm Dawson writes….
It was one of those games where I chewed my finger ends for the last half an hour or so. I couldn’t tell from my seat if Johnson’s shot had gone in and it was only as the South Stand roared we could be certain in the NW corner. At 1-0 up the tactic seems to be to defend deeper and deeper and City have the talent to break down any defence in front of goal. That said we had chances to put the game to bed but with Joe Hart coming forward for the injury time corners and Lescott brought on as an attacking option I feared the worst. But the Lads held on and oh how we celebrated. Then as the score came in from Old Trafford we celebrated some more.
For the second game in a row Martin O’Neill in his post-match e-mail to M Salut can praise the whole team and the home support.
The players were brilliant from start to finish.
They were really up against it with Manchester City going with the strongest side that they could put out.
We had to match that and we did.
We were committed and had some fantastic touches throughout the game – and we could have scored more goals!
Everybody worked incredibly hard for the team. Wingers coming back to help full-backs and then full-backs getting forward to cover, it was just brilliant.
Adam Johnson is beginning to show glimpses of the real football he is capable of. I thought he was excellent today.
He scored the goal, there was a furore at the time as to whether or not the City player had been fouled, but Adam continued on and put the ball in the net and he looked stunned when it went in.
He was great defensively too, getting back to help out when needed.
Today the crowd were right behind us from the start and kept with us.
It was a great atmosphere.
All the best,