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Kompany and Johnson OK as reserves draw

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany and Michael Johnson both came through a full 90 minute work-out for the reserves, but could not help to force a win away to Blackburn.

Glyn Hodges' side battled away to a 1-1 draw on a wet and blustery night on a heavy pitch at Leigh Sports Village, City's goal coming from James Poole on the stroke of half-time.

Benjani also completed the game, in which Kompany partnered Johnson in an experienced midfield combination. The hosts went ahead through Gavin Gunning, who headed home powerfully at a corner on 18 minutes. Rovers had the better of the first half, but City had momentum going into the break when James Poole, a thorn in Rovers' side all night, swept a Benjani cross home just before the whistle.

City dominated the second half but could not force a winner, however Mark Hughes will be pleased that the senior players all contributed and put in some valuable match-time.

City: Nielsen, Trippier, Cunningham, Boyata, Mee, Johnson, Mak, Kompany, Poole (sub Nimely 76 mins), Benjani, Marshall.

Subs not used: Johansen (GK), Tutte, Ibrahim.

Rovers: Fielding, Ramm, Gunning, Jones, Flynn, Lowe, Doran (sub Marshall 81 mins), Olsson, Santa Cruz (sub Potts 69 mins), Hoilett, Rigters.

Subs not used: Swann (GK), Hanley, Morris.

Booked: Santa Cruz, Lowe (Rovers), Johnson (City)

Attendance: 1115

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Kompany gets the call

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany gets an unexpected run-out tonight in the experienced reserve team that tackles Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village (kick-off 7pm).

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Bury next in Senior Cup

Reserves defensive wall v Burnley October 2009

City's next Manchester Senior Cup tie will be against Bury at Gigg Lane on Tuesday, December 15. Glyn Hodges' side beat Oldham 4-2 on penalties on Tuesday night to record their second win of the competition.

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Tobias the shoot-out hero for Blues

Regional Athletics Arena at night looking back to CoMS

Tobias Johansen was City's Manchester Senior Cup hero against Oldham tonight with two penalty saves as the Blues won a shoot-out decider 4-2 after enduring a goalless 90 minutes.