Stoke city pulled off a injury time equaliser to secure draw with Manchester city. Two minutes into added time, Etherington collected a back-heel from Tuncay and fired in low from 12 yards.

Nine minutes earlier, Micah Richards seemed to have given City what had looked like an unlikely victory when he finished well after a superb turn.

The website pointed out that Manchester City are now five points behind table toppers Manchester United.

However, on a day that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side smashed seven past Blackburn, it is clear from City’s mediocre display here that the gap between the two neighbours is greater than that represented by mere points.