Football: City punished by Dinning's penalty

Manchester City 1 Stockport County 2

WHEN DOES a blip become a slump? How about when you lose a game that should already have been comfortably won with a farcical and debatable penalty five minutes from time; that seems as good a way as any of turning a drama into a crisis.

City's third defeat in quick succession and Stockport's first-ever League win at Maine Road came courtesy of Nicky Weaver's wild dash from his goal and a Danny Granville push on Alan Bailey in the ensuing chaos.

The referee John Brandwood awarded the kick after consulting his assistant and Tony Dinning, threatened all night with an old-fashioned roasting by City's left-winger, Mark Kennedy, stepped up to have the last laugh from the penalty spot.

"I thought he was pushed, but I believe it might have been outside the area," said Stockport's delighted manager, Andy Kilner, as his team moved into a play-off position.

Whether the push was inside or outside the penalty area was indeed open to question, but City should never have had to rely on such narrow margins.

Playing with a surprising freedom and confidence after their defeat by Huddersfield and Wolves, they created an abundance of chances in the first- half, notably two headers from their new signing, Robert Taylor, that went wide of the target, a lunging shot by Ian Bishop that hit the bar and one from Granville that shaved the post.

Stockport had shown enough on the break to suggest that they could pose problems of their own, but when City finally took the lead after 49 minutes it seemed that they were at last getting their promotion push back on track.

The goal stemmed from a ball delivered by Kennedy, this time from a corner. Richard Jobson had the first attempt at forcing it in and his fellow defender, Gerard Wiekens, eventually fired into the net.

Stockport's resilience was illustrated by the acrobatic save forced by Bailey immediately afterwards and, in the 65th minute, they were level. Dinning hit a post and the lively Bailey, once a City apprentice, latched on to the rebound to slot it past Weaver.

Eventually it was the increasingly desperate search for a goal to restore their lead that left City fatally exposed at the back. Their manager, Joe Royle, revealed that Weaver had apologised for his blunder after the game. "He made a mistake but he's been magnificent and he'll still play for England," Royle said.

Manchester City (4-4-2): Weaver; Edghill, Wiekens, Jobson, Granville; Whitley (Pollock, 74), Bishop, Horlock, Kennedy; R Taylor (G Taylor, 82), Goater. Substitutes not used: Crooks, Wright (gk), Tiatto.

Stockport County (4-4-2): Nash; Dinning, Flynn, Gallon, Nicholson; Cooper, Woodthorpe, Bennett (Bergersen, 72), Allen; Moore, Bailey (McIntosh, 89). Substitutes not used: Gray (gk), Briggs, Daly.

Referee: J Brandwood (Lichfield).

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Sport
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Fans hold up a scarf at West Ham vs Liverpool
footballAfter Arsenal's clear victory, focus turns to West Ham vs Liverpool
New Articles
i100... she's just started school
News
news
New Articles
i100
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Sport
football
New Articles
i100... despite rising prices
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Qualified Primary Teaching Assistant

£64 - £73 per day + Competitive rates based on experience : Randstad Education...

Primary KS2 NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Primary NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Primary NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam