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Given heroics take City into top four

Published: Sunday 1 November 2009, 19.00CET
Shay Given saved James McFadden's second-half penalty to help earn Manchester City FC a goalless draw at Birmingham City FC that moves Mark Hughes's side fourth in the Premier League.
Given heroics take City into top four
Shay Given lunges to his left to stop James McFadden's penalty ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 1 November 2009, 19.00CET

Given heroics take City into top four

Shay Given saved James McFadden's second-half penalty to help earn Manchester City FC a goalless draw at Birmingham City FC that moves Mark Hughes's side fourth in the Premier League.

Shay Given saved James McFadden's second-half penalty to help earn Manchester City FC a goalless draw at Birmingham City FC that moves Mark Hughes's side above Tottenham Hotspur FC into fourth.

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City's summer spending spree seemed to suggest an assault on the top four would be forthcoming and Sunday's draw – their fourth in a row – ensures they have been beaten just once all season. Given, a January acquisition from Newcastle United FC, was particularly pivotal in preserving that record at St Andrew's. The 100-cap Republic of Ireland international athletically turned Christian Benítez's first-half effort on to a post before guessing right when McFadden struck from the spot after Nigel De Jong had been penalised for handball. Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson was sent off deep into added time to take this weekend's Premier League tally of dismissals to nine.

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