The game was at the end of September and David Pleat's second fixture in charge, City were in good nick having enjoyed a positive beginning to the season and it showed in their display.
It took a monumental effort by Deano and the defence to repel wave after wave of City attacks, not to mention a stunning show by goalkeeper Kasey Keller - who somehow blocked four one-on-one runs on his goal. However, it was quite a different story when City travelled to the Lane in the Carling Cup 4th round in early December where the boys ran out 3-1 winners.
"It was one of those games where you come off and can't believe you haven't conceded a goal," reflected Dean of the first encounter. "They were a far better team than us on the day and it was probably a one-off.
"We then played them down here in the cup and we showed we were the best team that night. They have had mixed form recently and we will go up there with the lads playing well and full of confidence.
"There is no reason why we can't get the result this time around," added Dean who, although City have recorded just one win in 16 games, knows they are a dangerous animal who must not be underestimated.
"They are because, like every team in this league, they have got quality players. Just look at Anelka, on his day he is probably as good as anyone around and Fowler is one of the best finishers.
"You can't underestimate them, but the lads are playing with confidence and have got good results recently."
Dean Richards well remembers our first visit to the City of Manchester Stadium and recalls with little hesitation that we were rather fortunate to emerge with a point.