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Unbelievable Jeff! Simply Unbelievable!

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Manchester City - 2012 Premier League Champions.

Manchester City 3 QPR 2

This is why as football fans, we love football.

No scriptwriters to screw it up for us and make predictable plots with outlandish endings – no writer worth their salt would have made up anything as implausible as this seasons premiership finale.

This was pure riveting theatre and even the missus managed to ask a couple of "what if" questions that hinted at an underlying passing interest in the proceedings.

For those that don't have Sky Sports this was as good an advert for subscription broadcasting as you are ever likely to see.

There was a carnival atmosphere at The Etihad stadium as the capacity crowd expected their team to steamroller QPR but as the first half progressed it became clear that Mark Hughes had employed subterfuge to mask his parking the bus tactic.

In naming Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora as a dual pronged "strike force" it soon became clear that they weren't there to "strike" at all. In fact they hardly got out of their own half all game.

When the text came that United had scored the atmosphere inside the ground suddenly changed and you could feel the apprehension spreading through the City team.

They kept applying the pressure though and with 80% of the possession you just could not see the QPR defence holding out for the rest of the game and indeed just before half time Zabaletta scored to send the City fans into raptures.

If anyone thought that "it was all over" they couldn't be more mistaken. What followed was drama of the highest order.

At the start of the second half the City fans were in party mood. But they were destined to spend all but three minutes of the second half in tears as their title dream evaporated in front of their eyes.

Joleon lescott, one of City's best players all season attempted a poor headed backpass and Cisse swooped to rifle into the back of the net. 1-1.

Then came the moment that should have seen QPR relegated.

And they would have deserved it. Any team that appoints Joey Barton as captain is playing with a loaded weapon likely to go off in their face.

This time it was an elbow to Tevez's throat that was seen by the linesman and then a despicable kick out at Aguero after the red card had been produced.

Barton then proceeded to try and fight and headbutt his way off the pitch trying to take another player with him.

As if Mark Hughes was not aware of his history?

It was Warnock that signed him but Hughes stuck with him even after he got sent off for a headbutt earlier this season and was booed by his own fans.

No matter. Barton is facing a lengthy ban and probably another free transfer to someone else who thinks they can reform the classless thug.

It was a shame that Bolton could not take advantage and save themselves.

Hughes made substitutions and removed Cisse for Traore. The latter made an immediate impact racing down the left wing and delivering a cross for Mackie to bury in the net.

The similarities with Barcelona V Chelsea were eerie. Down to ten men and with the captain sent off QPR defended en masse and held out until the last seconds of the game.

To produce two goals in the dying seconds of the game and win the title was something special.

Those City fans who were streaming out of the ground as if they had just attended a funeral rushed back to join the party. Alex Ferguson put a brave face on his obvious disappointment.

In 1989 I was 25 when Michael Thomas rushed through on goal and won the title for Arsenal scoring with the last kick of the game against Liverpool.

I still remember the emptiness of having the celebrations wrenched away in such a horrible fashion so I can empathise with United supporters who have had the same thing happen to them.

I take no joy in United's discomfort.

It just means that it is going to be even harder for Liverpool to win the Premiership in the future, if indeed they ever will.

 

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