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20:03 04/11/2010
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45 mins City free-kick taken by Johnson left-footed from the right of the box – it’s more of a cross than a shot but his angle’s all wrong and it loops over the keeper’s head wide of the far post and Lech break from the quickly taken kick again. Kikut charges forward and wins a corner after Lescott clears to touch. The corner comes in, headed out by City and the ref blows for half-time adn then books, I think, Rudnevs for protesting play was stopped before the move had finished. I’ll be back in 15 minutes. Incidentally, my colleague Andy Martin is bigging up Poznan’s brewery and I have to admit it’s a lovely building. Where’s Jonathan Glancey when you need him?

43 mins Zabaleta seems to have the coolest head, that’s why he’s captain I now deduce, and he played a nice pass down the inside right channel to Adebayor who makes up for his crap control last time, turns and plays in Johnson for a shot but he lays it off to SWP instead, central in the D of the penalty box and he gets smothered by Arboleda and Bosacki.

41 mins Again poor control disrupts a promising City move, this time by Adebayor who can’t trap the ball inside the area and he nutmegs himself.

39 mins Bridge booked now as Peszko speeds past him and he petulantly hacks him down. He may have had to as Peszko would have been able to cut in and shoot but both full-backs have been guilty of pushing too far up, getting caught and then cynically clogging to hold up play.

38 mins Richards is booked for a stupid tackle, taking man before ball with a lunge from behind. They look hugely frustrated now, the City players, and more than a little bit ragged.

36 mins The director is picking out anguished shots of Roberto Mancini. It’s far too early for that. Vieira plays a horribly wasteful pass, aimless and straight for the goalkeeper to take two steps and gather when he had options right and left.

34 mins It’s all Lech now and City are having a mid-half wobble, not quite knowing whether to stick or twist. The three holding midfield players policy, abandoned today, makes more sense if there’s no tracking back from Johnson and Adebayor and Milner has drifted too far forward.

30 mins GOAL! Lech 1-0 City (Injac) Good City move started by Johnson’s long pass from just inside his own half on the right over to Adebayor on the left, he controls it and lays it off to Bridge who is in space thanks to SWP’s subtle run. He spins in a cross that is cleared and City are wide open on the counter, the ball is hit up by Djurdjevic, Lescott half-clears but it’s too lofty then Vieira lepas to head it further away, does it badly, the ball falls to Injac and he smacks in a swerving shot from outside the box. Good goal, poor defending and headless attacking which left them vulnerable.

28 mins Fantastic Polish moustaches in the expensive seats. Luxurious slug balancing. Richards’ poor control sees the ball run away from him ina promising outside right position and he fouls Henriquez with a strongish ankle tap, either out of frustration or poor technique. What happened to Richards?

26 mins Johynson and SWP have switched with Shaun on the left – perhaps to give Bridge more cover as Johnson could not get back in time on a couple of occasions as the left-back got triple-teamed.

25 mins Peszko takes adirect free-kick outside the box, fairly straight and smashes it an inche wide of the post. Lech are getting stronger and prospering down City’s left with Krivets, Stilic and Peszko all bombing on and Bridge often left isolated.

23 mins Djurdjevic mishits another diagonal pass straight to Johnson who hits it first time to get it behind the pushed-up defenders as Adebayor sprints past but an outstretched leg saved Lech’s bacon.

21 mins Rudnevs and Boyata have a wrestle and Boyata wins the free kick, a bit luckily – if Rudnevs had got past him he was one-on-one with Given, albeit 25 yards out. Actually that’s harsh – Rudnevs was tugging Boyata’s shirt.

18 mins Zabaleta hits a 20-yard ball to Johnson, who slips when he should have played in the overlapping Bridge but wins the corner when he recovers. It’s pinball in the box from the corner, Vieira has two shots, the second hitting the bar from an angle and falling to Johnson who plays an exquisite cross to Boyata who should have scored but he screwed up his header and hit it loopily into Buric’s arms.

16 mins Chris Coleman, the co-commentator, has begun the "niggly fouls" riff from foreign opposition that is a part of every Europa League match televised here. Yes they pull shirts – but so do players in the Premier League. A pair of City corners come to naught and almost got caught after the second with a fast break by Lech, having sent three defenders up but Boyata, I think, managed to hold them up then clear.

14 mins Stilic takes a corner won after good defensive work from Johnson but Bridge beats Djurdjevic at the near post and City move forward.

12 mins Djurdjevic advances from left back and hits a long ball, aimed to go over Bridge’s head and find the onrushing Peszko but Bridge checks back, collects then skitters across the box from left to right, thinking of the back pass, then thinking better and launching it.

10 mins Good covering from SWP snuffs out Krivets who was flying down the right wing as Micah Richards was miles out of position. At times he has no positional discipline whatsoever.

8 min Here’s Nick Evans: "I won’t hear a word against little Shaun – if we hadn’t sold him to Chelsea when we did we could easily have gone in to financial meltdown. He then obligingly went away and was rubbish, meaning we could buy him back at half price. It’s just taking him a while to get back to doing this kind of thing again (eight mins in). City are probing patiently and look very assured.

6 mins: Kikut looks good at right-back, bringing the ball out confidently but his long, diagonal pass to Stilic on the left is slightly overhit and Richards clears. Up the other end City have another poke at goal, it goes out wide, Richards and SWP have a good one-two on the right of the box, Shaun sets up Adebayor on the edge of the box and his powerful shot is tipped round the post for a corner.

4 mins: A chance for James Milner after good work by Johnson on the left following Arboleda’s daft decision to kick it out for a throw-in when fairly safe. Milner had a bite about eight yards out but slipped and his shot was blocked as was the rebound.

3 mins: Patrick Vieira extends a leg to nick the ball just in front of the area and taps it to Wright-Phillips who lays it off and bombs forward, head down, but his pass is blocked.

2 mins: Given rushes out of his box to hoof it clear when the ball span past bridge and Peszko was running on to it.

1 min: Zabaleta swaps pennants with Boscaki and the game kicks off. Why is he captain, by the way? Long throw from bridge and Johnson gives away a free-kick. It’s one of those irritating camera positions, at too high an angle.

An email: "What are the chances that Chelsea will try to poach Silva from City? The guy is pure quality, yet he’s in and out of the team," writes Hugh Collins. I think they might possibly try but City will never sell him, and I expect he’ll continue his run in the league side. It’s a shame, though. No idea why SWP is in the team – I don’t think he’s in the same league as the other wide players in the squad. Was it a sentimental purchase by Hughes, or just him not knowing the Adug money was coming and how many better players the club would buy over the next 18 months?

Hell – it’s ear-drum piercingly loud in the stadium. And ITV 4 have been picking out portly topless City fans in the crowd. Here’s a song for them to sing back at Lech from more than half a century ago. They don’t write them like this anymore:

Bless ’em all, Bless ’em all,
Bert Trautmann, Dave Ewing and Paul,
Bless Roy Little who blocks out the wing,
Bless Jack Dyson the penalty king,
And with Leivers and Spurdle so tall,
And Johnstone, the prince of them all,
Come on the light blues
It’s always the right blue
So cheer up me lads
Bless ’em all

Your teams:
Lech Poznan: (4-5-1) Buric; Kikut, Bosacki, Arboleda, Henriquez; Peszko, Injac, Djurdjevic, Krivets, Stilic; Rudnevs.
Subs: Kotorowski, Gancarczyk, Bandrowski, Wilk, Kielb, Zapotoka,
Mozdzen.
Man City (4-2-3-1): Given; Richards, Boyata, Lescott, Bridge; Vieira; Zabaleta; Adam Johnson, Milner, Wright-Phillips; Adebayor.
Subs: Hart, Kompany, Kolarov, Barry, Silva, Jo, Balotelli.
Referee: Pieter Vink (Holland)

Evening all – and welcome to tonight’s first Europa League game. I thought Manchester City were brilliant in the home game against Lech with David Silva in imperious form, possibly only outshone on the night by Lech’s fans. It is a shame, then, that he doesn’t look likely to start tonight. Most of the pre-match coverage has focused on whether City are in "crisis" with players and manager lining up to "slam", in tabloid speak, rumours of unrest in the camp. Everything looked fine at Eastlands a fortnight ago, though, and I would expect little evidence of players supposedly disliking one another on show here. I’ve always been rather sceptical about those who bang on about poor team spirit, preferring Steve Archibald’s cynical observation that "it is an illusion only glimpsed in victory". We can all think of very successful sides where some of the players didn’t get on with one another – Emlyn Hughes and Tommy Smith, Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham – as well as less successful ones – Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer, John Hartson and Eyal Berkovic. It will be interesting to see what impact Patrick Vieira has tonight. He’s been at his best for City (an occasional sight) when pushed slightly further forward than his traditional role, and whether Emmanuel Adebayor can terrorise Lech’s defence as much as he did last time. Incidentally I’m liking City’s reintroduction of burgundy into their kit, it looks great on their home socks.

As for Lech, they’ve just appointed José Bakero as their new head coach who spent long spells assisting Ronald Koeman in previous jobs and managed Polonia Warsaw last season and at the start of this one. A stalwart of Johan Cruyff’s dream team, a fine blend of Basques, Catalans and overseas players, he was a joy to watch at the start of the 90s in that midfield with Pep Guardiola, Begiristain and Michael Laudrup. According to the former Poland great Jacek Bak, only Lech’s Colombian defender Manuel Arboleda is good enough to play in the Premier League but the classy Latvian Artjoms Rudnevs should be back tonight and Slawomir Peszko has been singled out by Nigel de Jong as the Poles’ best player.

I’ll be back with the teams when they’re out.

Rob will be here from 5.30pm. In the meantime:

• Check out Louise Taylor’s scene-setting match preview from Poland.

• Why not check out Lech Poznan’s rather fancy virtual stadium tour.

Get more information about the fair city of Poznan.

• And take a whistle-stop tour video of the city. Don’t say we’re not good to you.


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The Fire Brigades Union have announced that they are proposing to call off a strike in London on bonfire night after concerns about public safety

The leaders of the firefighters’ union have said tonight they are proposing to call off a strike in London on bonfire night after concerns about public safety.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union are due to walk out for 47 hours from 10am tomorrow, leaving staff from a private firm to provide emergency cover.

The proposed stoppage led to managers accusing staff of endangering the public by walking out on what is traditionally the busiest night of the year. Union officials in turn alleged that the emergency fire crews, provided by a private company, are barely trained and a risk to themselves and others.

Following a meeting of FBU leaders today, it was announced that the union was proposing to cancel the strike.

The union called on the London Fire Brigade not to press ahead with any sackings of firefighters later this month if they do not accept new contracts, which include a new shift system.

The FBU urged the authority to delay a decision on the new contracts until the New Year.

Earlier fire brigade managers won an emergency court agreement that striking staff will not impede stand-in firefighters during the stoppage.

The London Fire Brigade sought an injunction ahead of the two-day stoppage, after claiming that picketing firefighters had tried to block fire station gates and doors during an eight-hour walkout on Monday.

In the high court, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) rejected this but agreed a series of conditions, including a maximum of 10 pickets per fire station and no intimidation of stand-in staff.

With polls showing public reservations about the timing of the stoppage the increasingly rancourous dispute has spilled over into the media with articles detailing firefighters’ second jobs and the high pay of FBU officials. The union claims privately that some of these appear to have been compiled with fire brigade assistance.

Meanwhile the brigade confirmed that eight of its staff earn more than £100,000 a year. Among these, in the last financial year, was the now-departed head of legal services, Keith Minnear, who took home more than £400,000 in salary and pension contributions.

Another senior staff member, the director of operational planning and training, Gary Dobson, is listed on electoral records as living on the Isle of Wight.

Asked whether this was appropriate, a fire brigade spokeswoman refused to comment, saying it was a personal matter.

19:19 04/11/2010, Steven Morris, Row erupts over who could have stepped in to improve management at nursery where worker abused children

A dispute erupted today over who could have stepped in to deal with poor management at the nursery where worker Vanessa George abused children in her care.

A serious case review on the George case concluded that poor regulation, inadequate training and a lack of supervision at Little Ted’s nursery in Plymouth created an "ideal environment" within which she could sexually assault infants.

Members of the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board, which carried out the review, strongly criticised the regulator Ofsted for not picking up concerns about how the nursery was being run. It claimed there was no mechanism for city council officials to tell Ofsted about the concerns it had about Little Ted’s. But Ofsted hit back, claiming anybody, including parents, staff and local authority employees, could have flagged up concerns.

George, 40, from Plymouth, was jailed last year for abusing toddlers. Using her mobile phone, she photographed children in her care as she abused them and shared the images with her accomplice, Manchester businessmen Colin Blanchard.

The board revealed that George had been guilty of "inappropriate behaviour" before she was caught, including showing members of staff adult pornography and boasting about her sexual exploits. But she was not challenged by staff, partly because she was seen as a figure of authority at the privately run nursery, the board concluded. And while the city council’s early years advisory service, which had regular contact with Little Ted’s, was concerned about management there, Ofsted gave it decent reports when it was inspected.

No parents were present when an executive summary of the serious case review was published today, but they were shown the details and were said to be "angry and frustrated" that the inspection regime did not appear to be adequate.

Jim Gould, chair of the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board, called the case "unprecedented and shocking". Gould said the board would send its findings and recommendations to the Department for Education and would try to ensure they were acted on.

As well as concerns about inspections, the board will suggest that the government ought to take a wider look at how private community nurseries like Little Ted’s are set up and run.

Another board member, Bronwen Lacey, director for children and young people at Plymouth city council, said the inspection regime appeared to be "more of a tick-box exercise than getting to the heart of what was the day-to-day management practice".

Lacey added: "Ofsted are very independent; their mode of operation is to come and make judgment independently of anyone else to report what they see. That is flawed. There is good local knowledge and intelligence that will add to the picture."

Ofsted promised to study the report and its recommendation for closer cooperation between itself and local bodies.

But Patrick Leeson, development director (education and care) at Ofsted, added: "Our staff will always seek to get an accurate picture of what is happening. Ofsted will always investigate concerns raised about the quality of provision and safety of children. Anyone can raise concerns including local authorities, parents and staff."

Chief Superintendent Andy Bickley, of Devon and Cornwall police, revealed that police still did not have sufficient evidence to be able to say which of the children at Little Ted’s had been abused by George, who is serving and indeterminate prison term.


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