Saturday, 16 February 2013

Saturday


Saturday
Was asked to do a couple of hundred words for Goal.comuk on “should Mancini be fired if City don’t win the Cup?” Here it is :
After the euphoria of ending 35 years without a trophy by winning the FA Cup, then landing the League Title after 44 years, plus starting the season by lifting the Community Shield, all looked rosy at The Etihad as we awaited the ‘marquee signings’ our new status seemed to afford.
However, the signings didn’t materialise, City went out of the Champions League with a whimper, but maintain 2nd place in the Premiership though if the recent wobbles continue it looks like a top four finish could be in doubt even.
Mancini has messed about with the team formation, key players have been out of form or injured, or off in Africa, and Balotelli left in January without a replacement and the three remaining forwards are hardly hitting the heights. Mancini is publicly criticising players without any reciprocal support from the players or the management, which casts a shadow over his current position.
So progression in the FA Cup is crucial to the Blues
and it really does depend on how it pans out. An FA Cup and Champions league place would make it very cruel if he was sacked, but anything less, with the likes of Mourinho and Klopp lurking could mean the end for Mancini at City.
Dave Wallace, King Of the Kippax, 14/02/2013

So this week we’ve had the game of the century Real v the rags. 1-1 David de Gea goalie of the season but game not even as interesting as our performance in the Bernabeu – see any reports likewise? No wonder no one thinks we’ve got no  history.
Not seen any reports of rag fans being battered by the Spanish cops. Apparently it was cos of rags in Madrid, last time they played there that the cops were wary of City fans and laid in.
Big game tomorrow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 204 : 26A) SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17TH : LEEDS (HOME) FA CUP 5TH ROUND KO 2PM

First Cup meeting was in 1928, a 1-0 City home win, the goal coming from Johnson in front of 50,473.
It was 39 years before the next meeting when newly promoted City took on the mighty Leeds at Elland Road, City surprising their hosts with an attacking display which augured well for the following Title winning season but the Blues went out to a dubious Jack Charlton goal in front of 48,887.
Ten years later it was the 5th round tie in Yorkshire where City played in dark blue shorts and went out to a late Trevor Cherry goal, the game being memorable for a magnificent Joe Corrigan save from Allan Clarke. Crowd was 47,731.

The following year City gained revenge with a 2-1 away win in the 3rd rd which didn’t go down well with the Tykes (38,516) as they invaded the pitch at 2-0, after two Leeds players squared up to each other. The game eventually resumed and despite a Leeds goal City hung on to lose at Forest in the next round
Finally in 2000 in the 4th rd it was a 2-5 City loss at Maine Road. (From Steve Parish’s report in KK 83), City took the lead through Goater (2) Leeds equalised through Bakke (8), City went ahead through Bishop (11) then Leeds ran away with it through Smith (20), Kewell (41) Bowyer (66)then Kewell again (88) and the crowd was 29,240.

Leeds were dominant in the 60’s and 70’s winning the title twice, the Cup once, the League Cup once, the Intercities Fairs Cup twice and were robbed in the Euro Cup final losing to Bayern Munich, after which Franz Beckenbaur  made derogatory comments.
They last won the title in 1992 pipping united, but hit meltdown between 2001 and 2007 then spent 3 seasons in the 3rd tier before making it back to the Championship in 2010.

This season so far they’re in 11 th place in the Championship with 42 points (6 off the play offs) from 31 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 9 defeats away from home.

In the Capital One Cup they had a good run beating Shrewsbury 4-0, Oxford 3-0, Everton 2-1, Saints 3-0 but lost 5-1 to Chelsea all at home.

In the FA Cup they drew 1-1 at home to Birmingham and won the replay 2-1. They then beat Spurs 2-1 at home, the ref (Kevin Friend) blowing up just before Douf’s long range shot went over the line which cost a punter a lot of money.

Our league form at home to Leeds :  last meeting was in 2003/04 a 1-1 draw, and we’ve only lost 2 of the last 9 so it’s : DWLDDDWWL

Comment : They’ve done well in both Cup competitions particularly at home and have beaten high flying Everton and Spurs. Familiar names are manager Neil Warnock, Paddy Kenny (Aguerooooo) Michael Brown (How long before a booking?) and El-Hadji Douf who is even more hated than Mario ever was.
Old rivalries are now resumed, but really City should go through to the 6th round, but it should be remembered that they knocked the rags out at O/T a couple of years ago so will be no pushovers and will bring big and loud support.
Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire!!!
Dave



3 comments:

  1. Nice stress free afternoon after last week's traumas. Leeds brushed aside in a manner that one would expect, and a lovely draw for the quarters. You couldn't have asked for much more than Barnsley at home, with the rags getting Chelsea. Assuming we are as professional against Barnsley then the winner of Millwall/Blackburn would do very nicely for another trip to Wembley. Doubtless we'll get the rags or Everton, I imagine.
    Thoughts turn to next week and a real crunch game against Chelsea. A win would pretty much confirm Champs league football. However, a defeat would make things dreadfully tight and I wouldn't turn away a draw at the moment. Roberto's team selection will be very interesting, hopefully Vinnie will be available, maybe Barry back for Garcia. Will Dzeko be back in for Tevez? Given Carlos' record against Chelsea, surely he must start?

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  2. I'd always felt a bit sorry for Leeds, untill the baying pack of Leeds fans were led past us by about five policemen around the Family Stand close to City Square. They were jeering, taunting and shouting abuse at what was clearly an area with lots of mums, dads and kids. Even my mate and I instinctively moved for fear that a bottle may have been thrown. I think it was mostly bark, but something I haven't seen for some time. Perhaps it's because I don't go to away games anymore or maybe I'm just getting old. The performance smacked of the type that you get when playing lower league opposition, especially when we scored so early. Had we won 7-0, we'd still be finding fault. Our reward is another home draw against lower league opposition, so we have no excuse for not making the semis. Unless I'm mistaken today was the first match where the trams were running. I opted to park my car in the usual spot on Every Street, but rather than walking up Alan Turing Way, I followed the tram route via a pathway from Holt town station which brings you to the City Square. A much more pleasant walk. Good to see Michael Brown back again, although he was virtually anonymous today. I remember being at the Stanley Green Retail Park one Sunday not long after he'd left us when he was playing for Sheffield United who'd lost that weekend. Brownie was ahead of me queing for a cup of coffee at the snack van. When he turned round I recognised him and said "are you Michael Brown?" He looked a bit wary as though he thought I was going to hit him if he said yws. When he confirmed he was indeed said footballer, I told him that I'd rated him and was sorry that he'd left City, which cheered him up a bit.

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  3. The Leeds fans I was on the train with post-match were fairly well behaved. As for the game itself, an early well-worked goal for Yaya and a more than generous penalty settled City nerves. It seemed strange for Warnock to change things at h/t given their best spell was the end period of the 1st half and the 2nd half was quite comfortable for City.

    Most of the side played well within themselves; good games for Aguero and Silva, Kolarov erratic, while the central defensive pairing didn't convince. Maicon was poor when he came on, it would have been better for Sinclair to be given a run out instead; he didn't even make the bench. I can't understand why Mancini has such a low opinion of him compared to say Rodwell, who managed to miss a sitter and escape a red card during his stint on the pitch.

    Alex

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