Saturday, 8 March 2014

Saturday musings

Saturday musings

International week and England beat Denmark 1-0 so another clean sheet for Joe who got a mark of 6 in the manumirror. Hard to understand? What more could he do?

Wigan tomorrow, here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK213 :

28) SATURDAY MARCH 8TH : FA CUP 6TH ROUND : WIGAN (HOME)
The draw included Wigan, Sunderland, Sheff. Wed/Charlton, Everton, Arsenal, and Brighton/Hull, so who would we get?
We were number one, 4th and next to last out of the ‘bag,’ drawing Wigan at home. Could’ve been worse. Couldn’t really be better with a return of Uwe to his first love!

Celeb fan: Mikhai Gorbechov

Some connections : Sam Barkas, Fred Eyre, John Benson, Uwe Rosler
 
This season so far : They’re in 6th place in the Championship with 52 points from 32 games with 7 wins 2 draws and 8 losses away from home. They’re now in a play off place after a tricky start under Owen (talks the talk but can’t walk the walk) Coyle, improving immensely since Uwe took over, and won 4-1 at Forest last week.
In the Capital One Cup : They lost to us 5-0 in the 3rd round.

In the FA Cup : They drew 3-3 at home to MK Dons (8,316) and won the replay 3-1 in the 3rd round. In the 4th round they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at home (9,542), and in the 5th they won 2-1 at Cardiff

In the Europa League: It was 0-0 away and 1-2 home to Zulte-Waregem; 3-1 home and 0-1 away to NK Maribor; 1-1 home and 0-1 away to FK Rubin Kazan. 

Previous meetings in the FA Cup : Four meetings so far:
1891 1st rd 1-0 home (Wigan   County)
1971 3rd rd 1-0 City defeating non league Wigan 1-0 at Maine Road.
2006 4th rd 1-0 home
2013 Final 0-1 Wembley

Home league form against Wigan: WWWWWDLLW.
Pretty good, 5 consecutive City wins but generally close games.

Comment : Most of the players are still there, Callum MacManaman, Shaun Maloney, Ali Al- Habsi, James McLean, Emerson Boyce, Jordie Gomez, Ben Watson (now injured) etc, plus Grant Holt and Nick Powell (boo) have been added. Ryan Tunnicliffe a Blue from the rags is Cup tied though, so not a problem for his mad Blue dad.
We’ve already had revenge for last year’s Cup Final, but it would be nice to rub it in a bit despite Uwe’s presence, who’ll get a great reception. Championship teams Blackburn away and Watford home have given us tough games but you can only see one winner here.

WWTWTWShite: Averaged 2,758 in 1989/90

So there you go. Charlton in the semi and Hull in the Final please!

Stuff is arriving nicely for KK 214, and deadline is for Wednesday night after the Barca game



2 comments:

  1. DeMichelis seemsto be on a mission to single handidly destroy our seaso. He's doing a good job too!

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  2. What a difference a week makes.

    Day didn't start that brightly, when I read some of Pellegrini's remarks about English players in the squad. It may not have been the way he meant it, but came across as they were a necessary evil to meet quotas, rather than sounding like he really wanted them in his side. This was compounded by not starting Milner in a game of this nature.

    The team selection was baffling in that the slow DeMichelis and the rusty Richards were a recipe for trouble on the right and duly delivered. Totally agree with Tony on the former btw! Further forward Negredo seems to have lost all confidence and seemed incapable of creating the opportunities for himself like earlier in the season. Dzeko was the better player today and not purely down to the standard of service he got. This was a game we were capable of winning and the manager should have started a much stronger XI, instead of holding some back for a futile attempt at overturning a 2 goal deficit at the Nou Camp. Not acceptable, Manuel.

    Alex

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