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Old 11-01-2012, 23:19   #61
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Struggling for positives tonight. Joe Hart kept the score down; we're still in the tie and Nasri at least showed a bit of gumption when he came on; Richards was full of running again. However we hardly created any clear cut chances and in that respect, we were lucky to get nil. Liverpool created the better chances and although they parked the bus 2nd half, I don't blame them one bit. They clearly were the better team (but only because we were so awful).

The ties not over, but we need a massive improvment at Anfield. At times like this, we just have to dig in, collect points in the league and hope we're still in with a shout for the various competitions when we get our mojo back.
Not much to differ from you. Thought Liverpool were superb in the first half and very well organised and denied City space and time to play in the second half. Thery are the blue print how to play City.

Will be interested in AdamBrunts view on the Glen Johnsons tackle Was it a straight red in your opinion?

Well done to LFC and am looking forward to the second leg
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Thought Glen was a lucky boy not see red but then, apparently, it all evens itself out

LFC were very good for about the first 20-30 minutes but I couldn't believe they parked the bus in the way they did in the 2nd half. It's only thanks to Hart that the tie was not over after 45 minutes.

The only change for City in the 2nd leg is that Silva should be fit - but will that be enough ?

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:51   #63
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Thought Glen was a lucky boy not see red but then, apparently, it all evens itself out
So just to clarify. You think that it was a defo red card?

Just Silva? A fit Mario and a fit Dzeko. I can't see City playing as badly again but you never know
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So just to clarify. You think that it was a defo red card?
Yes - but sometimes you get lucky in these decisions. The argument over the last few days was whether the FA were going to rescind Kompany's card which, given the precedents this season, was never going to happen.

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Just Silva? A fit Mario and a fit Dzeko. I can't see City playing as badly again but you never know
Balotelli and Dzeko both looked fit to me, Mario just looked disinterested rather than unfit.
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Yes - but sometimes you get lucky in these decisions. The argument over the last few days was whether the FA were going to rescind Kompany's card which, given the precedents this season, was never going to happen.



Balotelli and Dzeko both looked fit to me, Mario just looked disinterested rather than unfit.
I don't believe it was a red, I thought Carraghers kick on Nasri was more of a red

Balotelli was injured from the off and only started as are short up top
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I thought Carraghers kick on Nasri was more of a red
if that was a red games would be finishing 5 a side on a regular basis.
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Are we talking about the incident that Carra got a yellow for ?? If so, never a red card in a million years.
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Are we talking about the incident that Carra got a yellow for ?? If so, never a red card in a million years.
No, not at all, worthy of a yellow though.
The Johnson one should have been red alright, he had far less control of his trajectory than Kompany had. The "he got the ball, opponent's leg wasn't smashed up" defence (not directed at you Adam) is not the point.
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Gotta love Balotelli.

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Old 12-01-2012, 18:03   #70
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Bloody funny. Although I'm surprised 4 men can just 'wander' into a school these days.
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Bloody funny. Although I'm surprised 4 men can just 'wander' into a school these days.
It's a Sixth Form College with people coming and going all the time and no security guards or barriers. Nobody would have taken any notice of a 21 year-old walking around if it hadn't been Balotelli.

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It's a Sixth Form College with people coming and going all the time and no security guards or barriers. Nobody would have taken any notice of a 21 year-old walking around if it hadn't been Balotelli.
Indeed I went there 'back in the day'. Get your baggies on
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Classy call for a red card there
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Mancini with his card waving. It's embarrassing enough when players do it

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Agreed, it's pretty poor when the manager waves the card, I wish he'd cut it out.

Good performance tonight, but Ageuro's finishing was off the mark, otherwise we'd have won easily. As it was, it was a nail-bitiing finish and we couldn't have complained had Wigan scored a late equalizer because we had enough chances to bury the game.

Some very good passing and movement from the front 4 tonight. Admittedly, Wigan made us look even better with their slick passing to our players! Pleased for Dzeko who has been poor recently, but held up play very well tonight and took his goal well.
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Well what a great game of football. End to end stuff for the majority of the game and City fortunate to come away with 3 points from a game that ended up very difficult

If we play like that against Spurs on Sunday we'll come away with very little.

The boss should leave the card waving to the likes of Rooney and not embarrass himself like that. The Wigan defender did cynically stop a goal scoring opportunity for Kun but the boss should adopt a Scotish accent in the press conference and let rip there
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Could have easily been 1-1 or 3-0 City. Strange game. Enjoyable apart from the result.
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Bit rich that he apologised for it the first time, but has now done it twice more in a couple of weeks.
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