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The on-loan striker was taken off during the 4-0 drubbing being dished out by Liverpool

Jason Bent, Simon Brodkin's spoof footballer, being taken off the pitch

TV comic Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson aka Jason Bent) cautioned over stunt limbering up on pitch with Manchester City players

A comedian who duped security at a Premier League match and limbered up alongside star players escaped prosecution today.

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Vincent Kompany is back to his imposing best for City

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany remains a doubt ahead of Aston Villa match

The Belgium defender has missed five games since suffering a calf injury

Paul Lambert watches his Aston Villa side lose 2-1 to Newcastle

Randy Lerner warned Paul Lambert to expect tough season at Aston Villa

Manager was made aware of tight budget before accepting Villa Park hot seat

Joe Hart: City goalkeeper defended his actions that led to United’s late winner in Sunday’s derby

Joe Hart insists Manchester City will not give up in title race

Champions trail Manchester United by 12 points

Roberto Mancini should keep his job until the summer thanks to patient owners

Man City's Mancini says critics 'don't understand football'

City face a season without silverware if they don't beat Leeds this weekend

Leon Osman congratulates his team-mate Leighton Baines (right)

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A look ahead to the Premier League clash at Goodison Park

Roy Hodgson has defended his decision to allow the likes of Raheem Sterling and Phil Jones to play for the Under-21s next week

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Christian Benteke going nowhere insists Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

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Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry hit with ban over conduct during Manchester derby

Manchester City midfielder "reluctantly" accepted the punishment

Joe Hart was blamed for United's third goal

Manchester City tensions run high as Joe Hart bites back at Roberto Mancini

Manager's derby criticism riles goalkeeper and further aggravates his relationship with senior players

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Oman international has made some high profile mistakes

Mancini: The competition has haunted him as both a player and a manager

Mancini's meddling and misguided man-management is key to mediocrity

Some discernible patterns of behaviour are becoming clear in Roberto Mancini, and they are always at their most visible when Manchester City have had a bad night.

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