Match 35
16th February 1991
Brentford (h)



City crashed to their fourth consecutive defeat in the Third Division against teams all starting with the letter 'B'. Certainly the team must wonder where their next point is coming from, particularly away from St James' Park. This seasons travels have been as unproductive as last season when 13 matches were lost. Last year the home form was exemplary and Terry Cooper will be looking for similar form for the remainder of this term to ensure the continuation of Third Division football.

The game was lost in the space of seven minutes early in the second half. Murray
Jones had a fierce eight yard shot well saved by Graham Benstead in the 49th minute, got booked for a tangle with Keith Millen in the 50th minute and was sent off six minutes later following another incident with the same player.

Despite the towering presence of a fully restored Jim McNichol, playing against his old club, in the heart of their defence, it was somehow inevitable that the one man shortage would count against City. Sure enough, after 74 minutes Millen fired home after McNichol had blocked two goalbound attempts within a minute.

Kevin Miller again made two great saves to keep up his form, Shaun Taylor was solid alongside McNichol, Mark Cooper and Gordon Hobson played well in midfield and Gary Marshall had a better game on the wing. Not a classic performance.



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