Saturday, 11 February 2012


Results didn’t go too well – Liverpool were rubbish, Spurs won, Arsenal won but Chelsea lost. We know what we have to do irrespective of everyone else, and it’s virtually win every game. Off we go to Villa tomorrow here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 194 :
Premiership regulars, whose last pot was the League Cup in 1996. Most recent connections are Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland, Gareth Barry, James Milner, and this is the 144th League meeting.
At The Etihad in October it was the usual fairly comfortable win. Balotelli opened (28) Johnson added (47) Kompany confirmed (52) before Warnock pulled one back (65) but Milner against his old club made it 4 (71) for us to go top.
This season so far, they’re currently in 14th place with 28 points from 24 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 5 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they beat Hereford away but lost at home to Bolton in the 4th round.
In the FA Cup they beat Bristol Rovers but lost at Arsenal in the 4th round.
Form at Villa : Last season in January at Villa Park it was a 1-0 loss with a recently transferred Bent inevitably scoring after 16 minutes although City did everything but score, Dzeko missing a late header which would have kick started his City career. Crowd was 37,615 (2634 Blues)
In the fourteen Prem. meetings there we’ve won 4 drawn 6 lost 4. It’s a ground where we often do well and holds happy semi-final memories from the distant past. Gareth Barry and James Milner will probably get booed, Dunney will be cheered, and Ireland probably won’t feature at his new happy home after his outburst against McLeish. We’ll expect a result, but as ever it won’t be easy, as they’ll be fighting for their lives, and have signed Robbie Keane, though the Villa Chosen Few are up in arms at the mo.
Wind ups? Well you can’t beat the old “Shit on the Villa”
Their crowds averaged 15,237 in 85/86, and current home average attendance is 34,201.
Comment : I quite like Villa and Villa Park. Nice colours, better than West Ham’s somehow and Villa Park holds fond semi-final memories. Hopefully we can revert back to winning ways here.
Chance to visit the Heavy Metal museum too!
Groundwise, no change to Villa Park, we’ll be down the side in the (Sir now) Doug Ellis stand again.
Tickets are up to £43 pretty steep.
It’s the West Midlands police plus often over efficious stewards, so be careful out there..

Villa Park : Capacity : 42,602 (3,000 for City)

Away day Zines ; Heroes and Villains, who we swap with, and have been going as long as KOTK.
Post Code : B6 6HE. Parking on industrial premises off A4040 Aston Lane (or on side streets) to North West of ground, then return via A38 to M6 jn 7
Pubs : The Yew Tree, The Cap and Gown on Witton island, The Harriers on Broadway, Barton Arms, High Street Aston.
See you there.


  1. Snap, Tony. We looked great in MOTD2 highlights but less so live.

    It does seem churlish to criticise when our actual record is superb and we have usually been the better side even when losing. However, Mancini must surely be concerned about the lack of an end product, which makes a Tevez return all the more feasible. Just imagine him scoring a title clinching winner against United!

    I thought Barry, Silva, Lescott and Zabaletta played very well and De Jong had his most effective game. I honestly don't like the constant changing of the back four though and at risk of contradicting the above player ratings, would much rather have Richards and Clichy playing regularly.

    Although he hit the post, I thought Johnson was pretty useless again, with the incident where he shepherded the ball out to concede a corner just typical of his lackadaisical (F knows how you spell that!!) approach. I really wouldn't be sorry if we sold him in the Summer.

  2. I thought it was more like one of last season’s performances with plenty of possession, but hardly a single chance created. In fact, apart from a couple of long range shots I don’t recall Given having to make a save.
    Overall nobody had a poor game, but we’re not as brave as United when it comes to attacking the penalty area. with City shirts. Yesterday with Villa on the ropes we preferred to sit back and slow the game down eventually squandering, possession and allowing them to throw men forward.

  3. After his condemnation of Balotelli's over exuberance after the final whistle at Wembley I await Rio Ferdinand’s comments on the ugly scenes surrounding Patrice Evra’s appalling taunting of Luis Suarez last Saturday.

  4. My thoughts exactly aboyut the highlights Glyn. It's unusual that we look so good on MootD but in honesty they would have struggled to make it look more of a contest than they did. With the exception of the header that was high, wide and handsome, Hart's save from Bent and that little slip by Hart at the death, Villa were awful and anything less than three points wouldn't have done. Agree about Johnson and if they'd scored from that corner I would have transfer listed him. I understand that some teams have learned how to play us better and I agree that we haven't been dominated in a single game thus far, are continuing to win matches and have conceded a miserley 16 goals, but when you consider the type of football we were playing three months ago and what we're watching now, you have to ask what's gone wrong?

  5. A fit Nasri would have made a big difference yesterday ahead of a very out of sorts Milner. YaYa has got 2 weeks to rest up, Mario available again and even Tevez back sees us at full strength for the first time in quite a while. We are still 2 points clear so are in a strong position. I am concerned that united's run in is now far less demanding than ours. Other than spuds and us, I can't where they're likely to drop any points. We have to stay strong and go at teams with more intent away from home. Be very interesting to see what team we put out against Porto, I guess Costas, the new guy, Hargreaves, Savic, Kolo and Mario could well play with some of the youngsters, but no risking our 1st choice players, please!

  6. I don't know if this is true, but apparently Rooney has tweeted how funny it is the Toure brothers going all that way and losing in the final. How mature of him. Better than going all the way to South Africa only to have your own fans abuse you for being a fat, overated, pug ugly, bald git though.