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27.12.2017… Man City (h)…

Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 1

St. James’ Park… Wednesday December 27th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 52,311

Ticket: £45 – Programme: £3

‘Fortiter Defendit Triumphans’, or ‘Triumphing by brave defence’. The city motto was emblazoned on a banner across the Gallowgate End before the game, a statement of intent perhaps? Well, we may not have triumphed but. as a direct result of the defensive approach that Rafa adopted, we were in this game until the final whistle…

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal on the half hour, and although Manchester City enjoyed 78% of the possession (a pointless statistic, invented to fill airtime), they were hanging on at the end…

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Pre-Match: Triumphing By Brave Defence…

We were criticised for our approach by Jamie Carragher (never managed) and Gary Neville (managed badly), ‘experts’ looking for column inches to justify their ridiculous salaries. It’s not our job to entertain Sky Sports subscribers, or to passively play the role of  cannon fodder to the financially doped. If we go at Manchester City, we lose, heavily. Much better to annoy them with a professional 1-0 (that was in doubt until the final whistle), than be condescended to for being ‘plucky’, having a go, and losing 7-2. Goal difference could matter at the end of the season…

Perhaps there are some more important questions that Sky Sports could be asking. The game has changed beyond anything that we could have imagined in 1992, and Manchester City are the epitome of the modern football corporation, but where exactly is the money coming from? And regardless of their success, does the end justify the means…?

In the midst of continuing takeover speculation at our club, maybe it’s a question that we should be considering too..?

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First Half: Newcastle Defend in Numbers…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba (Merino 77), Lascelles, Dummett, Manquillo, Aarons (Atsu 71), Diame, Shelvey, Murphy, Joselu (Gayle 62 (YC))

Not Used; Darlow, Clark, Ritchie, Perez

Goals; None

Manchester City; Ederson, Walker, Kompany (G.Jesus 11), Otamendi, Danilo, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan, B.Silva (Sane 83), Aguero (Mangala 77), Sterling

Not Used; Bravo, Adarabioyo, Toure, Diaz

Goals; Sterling (31)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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19.12.2017… Leics v Man C…

Leicester City 1 Manchester City 1 aet

Manchester City win 4-3 on penalties

King Power… Tuesday December 19th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 31,562

Ticket: £18 – Programme: £3.50

So this is what a Carabao Cup Quarter Final tie looks like, essentially a battle of the reserves…

I can appreciate why Manchester City would choose to rest players, given the number of games that they’ve played already. But for Leicester to field an under strength side was a little more puzzling, given that this was their best chance of silverware…

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Pre-Match: Inside the King Power…

The first half was distinctly below par, Manchester City going in 1-0 up courtesy of a Bernardo Silva strike…

The second half was much  better. As time ebbed by, Leicester brought on the big guns, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray. Their impact was obvious, as Leicester began to assert control. The equaliser finally arrived in the seventh (of eight) minutes of added time, but only via a soft penalty. Kyle Walker was harshly adjudged to have brought down Gray, and Vardy put away the spot kick…

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Second Half: Leicester are Awarded a Penalty

Extra time was the story of two penalty appeals, one for each side, both overruled. Kyle Walker picking up a booking for simulation for his effort…

The game eventually went to penalties (ABBA method). After the first seven were all scored, Manchester City led 4-3. Then up stepped Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to miss two successive kicks, and the tie was City’s…

I didn’t see the penalties, I was on my way back to the station at the end of the first period of extra time. I wasn’t going to miss the last train…

Leicester City; Hamer, Amartey, Dragovic (Benalouane 111), Maguire (YC), Fuchs; Albrighton (Mahrez 37), King, Iborra, Chilwell (Gray 71), Okazaki, Iheanacho (YC) (Vardy 57)

Not Used; Simpson, Jakupovic, Ulloa, Yohan

Goals; Vardy (pen 90+6)

Manchester City; Bravo, Danilo (YC), Mangala (Walker 81 (YC)), Adarabioyo, Zinchenko, Gundogan (YC), Toure, Foden (Dele-Bashiru 90+1), Silva, Jesus, Diaz (Nmecha)

Not Used; Delph, Sané, Ederson, Duhaney

Goals; Silva (26)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

03.10.2015… Man City (a)…

Manchester City 6 Newcastle United 1

Etihad Stadium…… Saturday October 3rd… 3pm

Attendance: 53,850

Ticket: £44 – Programme: £3

Just when you think that things can’t get any worse…

I struggle to write anything about our situation at the moment, always end up repeating myself. We all know what the problem is, everything else is only a symptom…

There’s absolutely no point in discussing the finer points of the performance, the players, the manager, the chief executive, the ‘board’; nothing changes until Ashley goes…

Having said that…

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20 Minutes In… Winning 1-0…

I’m slightly puzzled by the suggestion that we had an outstanding first-half, we played well but that was it. A great goal by Mitrovic and a perfectly good goal disallowed but Manchester City had chances. There was always a feeling that they were misfiring and couldn’t play as badly after the break, they didn’t…

The first twenty minutes of the second half were shambolic, it wouldn’t be so bad if we’d conceded good goals; but at 1-2 our heads dropped and we gave up…

It would be unfair not to mention Agüero and Silva though, absolutely world class. I’m sure at some point in the future I’ll be able to say ‘I was there’, not for a very long time though…

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Second Half… 6-1 Down…

Anyway… I stayed until the bitter end, not out of any great wish to applaud the team, more out of sheer bloody mindedness toward the Citeh supporters parked to our right.

But at least it didn’t rain…

Manchester City; Hart, Zabaleta (YC), Otamendi, Mangala (YC), Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho (YC),  Silva (Iheanacho 75), De BruyneSterling (Jesús Navas 45), Agüero (Bony 66)

Not Used; Sagna, Caballero, Demichelis, Garcia Alons

Goals; Agüero (42, 49, 50, 60, 62), De Bruyne (53)

Newcastle United; Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Mbabu (Lascelles 53), Sissoko (Tioté 66), Anita (YC), Gouffran (Thauvin 66), Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Pérez

Not Used; Williamson, Cissé, de Jong, Elliot

Goals; Mitrovic (18)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…