Friday, 6 May 2016

Friday night

Friday night
Well if ever we need a result after two dismal performances at Saints and Madrid it’s Sunday. By then the rags could be just a point behind us, so there can be no slip ups.
Here’s the it’s a fix extract from Kk233….


37) SUNDAY MAY 8TH ARSENAL HOME KO 4PM

No HistoryEver present in the top division since 1919 when they cheated their way up from division 2 finishing 5th, won f*ck all until they poached Herbie Chapman from Huddersfield, then 13 titles (1931 – 2004), though the swinging sixties passed them by as they won nothing in that decade, 12 FA Cups (1930 – 2015, last pot, 3-0 up v Villa who were denied 2 stonewall penalties) , 2 League Cups (1987 and 1993), UEFA Cup 1993/94, Inter City Cup 1969/70. Massive investment in the 1980’s, moved from Highbury to The Emirates in 2006.


Recent connections - Gael Clichy,   Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna.
176th league meeting.

Some celeb fans - Bradley Walsh,  Piers twat Morgan, Johnny Rotten, Ray Davies, Roger Daltry, Colin Firth, Tony Hadley, Alan Davies, Joe Swift, Alistair McGowan, Jack Whitehall, KK subscribers Rog and Mo Hewlett

This season so far They’re in 3rd place with 67 points from 36 games and 8 wins 6 draws and 4 losses away from home.
At The Emirates in December Walcott (33) put them ahead and Giroud made it 2 just on half time. It took us until the 82nd minute before Yaya pulled one back but we couldn’t  find an equaliser. Crowd was 60, 053 with 2,939 Blues.
In the Capital One Cup they won 2-1 at Spurs in the 3rd rd, but went out 3-0 at Sheff Wed in the 4th rd.
In the Chimps League they played Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 H, 1-2 A; Bayern Munich 1-5 A, 2-0 H, Olympiakos 2-3 H, 3-0 A, but lost 2-0 H and 3-1 away to Barcelona.
In the FA Cup they beat Sunderland 3-1at home in the 3rd rd. Burnley 2-1 home in the 4th rd, Hull 4-0 away in the 5th rd after 0-0 at home but went out 2-1 to Watford at home in the 6th rd.

Our form at home v Arsenal - At The Etihad in January 2015 it was a 2-0 loss. They went ahead through Cazorla (24 dubious pen), and Giroud (67) finished us off. Crowd was 45, 596 with 2,617 Gooners.
Our form at home to Arsenal -  We had no prem lg wins until 07, since then we’ve had 4 wins 3 losses and 1 draw ie LWDWLWWLW

Comment - They ‘ve had the finger on us in the last two meetings,  with Welbeck, Walcott, Ozil (his eyes are offside according to Bournemouth fans!) Sanchez and co., but time for a change today. They always look like the real deal, but like us injuries have taken their toll, plus Wilshire’s antics off the field haven’t helped, and they‘ve had a few slip ups. They’ve faded away as usual, knives are out for Wenger, but are still in contention, and any result will be a bonus.

WWTWTWShite - Averaged 23,824 in 1985, and this season it’s 59,960.

27 comments:

  1. I tend to agree with Steve's assessment of the players being "out of shape", if he was suggesting that they are unfit. For the last two seasons the players have given the impression that they are trying to win games whilst expending the least amount of energy possible, as if trying to save themselves for the next game. This has been especially noticeable if the'next game' has been a Champions League match. When we play well we seem unable to keep it going for the full 90 minutes. Off the top of my head - we were the better side for about 42 minutes at Tottenham but collapsed in the second 45 - poor v. Newcastle at home first half, blew them away in the second period - outplayed Liverpool for 70 minutes at Wembley then ran out of steam. Pressed Real Madrid in the first half at the Etihad but faded in the second. Overwhelmed at Southampton despite having supposedly 'fresh' players in the team. Whilst I recognise we have played more games than most, we can still make a comparison with Liverpool whose players seem to be high energy even at this late stage in the season. Note how we have struggled all season (and much of last) against teams who are prepared to press and harrie us - we just can't cope with opposition who are prepared to work hard. I would say our fitness levels are amongst the lowest in the Premier League. I maintain that our physical preparation has been questionable for a while - we often start games slowly and how else can all these muscle injuries be explained? Still, I only worked part-time as a fitness instructor for 37 years - what do I know?

    On a bright note, this is one aspect of Manchester City that I'm expecting to improve markedly come next season.

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    1. In this era of the "super fit" footballer not being in perfect shape is criminal but as poor performances could be due to attitude,lack of motivation or lifestyles it hard to judge at a distance but Sterling does look to be carrying some extra weight as does Bony, Ya Ya and even Kelechi. Being as far from a health expert as it is possible to be I would bow to your superior knowledge RB.

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  2. Great analysis RB and I like the final sentence. I just cannot wait for this awful season to finish as I am sick of looking forward to matches and then spending the next couple of days wound up and angry.

    This last week or two, having witnessed Iheanacho's successes I keep being haunted by Vila away, which indeed came a few days after a great performance in Europe. Bony injured after a few minutes and rather than bring the kid on Pellegrini played with no striker. Consequently we are one of the few teams who failed to score against possibly the worst prem side ever. Of course we'll never know if Iheanacho would've made a difference but right now I just can't help thinking those two points would've been mighty handy!

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    1. The problem is Glyn that the list of things that have to be put right is growing by the day. Pep's job seems to be going from fine tuning to major overhaul. It may require a lot of patience from all who love this great club of ours.

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  3. I'm afraid gentlemen that after today's results, particularly United's 1-0 win (Again) we are well and truly fornicated!

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  4. After some dismal performances against teams fighting relegation do we deserve to be in the CL? It would be nice to think 'Pep' could sort things out away from schadenfreude of the media but the scrutiny will probably be even more intense.

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  5. I'm trying to convince myself Steve, that it's best we don't qualify because (as I keep saying) I'd rather we dominated the PL, winning it every year and gaining not only entry to the CL but a pot one seeding in the process. If we're not in it, Pep can concentrate on doing that whilst letting the youngsters step up in the EL. I keep telling myself that trying to believe it's for the best, but I'm not doing a very good job of convincing myself. I agree partly with what you say, but do United deserve to be in it based on God knows how many unconvincing 1-0 wins they've had this season?

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  6. Letting the young players get game time in the PL and EL is what I would like to see Tony. Shipping expensive players out in cut price deals and then going through a courtship ritual to convince the 'Pogbas' to join us is not the way forward There will be a culling in the summer out of neccesity but the EDS players have to know they have a future at MCFC if good enough.

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  7. 2-0 Arsenal in another must win game for the fans, but sadly not for this bunch of losers donning the Blue shirts. Record against the top six sides is truly woeful, and Arsenal to win at a canter I'm afraid.

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  8. Despite all of our recent concerns, I shall be travelling to the match this afternoon hoping that now the burden of Champions League has been lifted, we can finally get on with the job in hand and beat an Arsenal team who I don't believe are any better than us.

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  9. Yep - a strange game but our chance to take our destiny into our own hands. Yesterday's strange result for WHam probably helps us. They will be so embarrassed by their abject performance in the penultimate game at Upton Park (when did it become the Boleyn Ground so definitively?). And that will hopefully be enough to see off a United half-focussed on the Cup Final. Hopefully.

    It's very odd, win today and we'll probably end up 3rd, lose and look forward to 5th. For the Arse there will be serious sitting back as the draw suits them. I expect most of the afternoon to take the form of sideways passing in a slow semi circle about 15 yards outside their area, punctuated by sharp Arsenal counter attacks when Yaya mislays possession. Please Pellers, leave him on the bench and go with the Ferns, Nasri, KDB, Kelechi/Sterling and Aguero. And please guys, no holding back for the next game.

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  10. Winning next season's Premiership is getting harder for us before a ball has been kicked.

    With the Villa gone likely to be joined by the Magpies, both of whom we beat for fun, replaced by Burnley who will treat every game against a team within a 50 mile radius as a derby, and bogey team M'brough.

    Watched SS this morning and Tony p's Cypriot friend was scathing about the Charming but Clueless Man. Also he wasn't very complimentary about our future "Coach" (oh to have a team who are coached again), although Martin Samuel of The Mail had some words of support.

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  11. I know what you mean about Villa and Newc being 'can we play you every week teams ' Tony c but we even dropped 4 points against them. Oh to have a team coached again,you me both.

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  12. It's over,send in the clowns,don't bother they're here.

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  13. Gutted. It started off so well playing at a high tempo and scored the early goal. Then we do what we do best and gifted them a corner which naturally they score from. We get our noses back in front and instead of pressing, we allowed them to dominate until they equalised. Once they got that second goal, they were happy to soak up what pressure we put them under and knew that a draw suited them more than it did us. All we can hope for now is a WHam result but even then we have to go to Swansea and win. Not an easy task for us anyway. United would of course go there and win 1-0. They also have the easiest of games at home to Bournemouth

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  14. In all honesty, the damage wasn’t done today. We didn’t play that badly, and at times, looked full of energy and commitment, particularly in the first 20 minutes.
    Even allowing for the usual comic defending, a 2-2 draw against Arsenal won’t be the game everybody remembers as the moment when it all went pear shaped. No, that particular can of fruit was past its sell-by date around 18 months ago.

    Something felt wrong, as far back the 2014 Community Shield against the same opponents. Arsenal looked pacy and vibrant but apparently it was only a friendly, so it didn’t really matter, that in contrast, our attitude was disgusting.
    If it didn’t really matter, then why didn’t Pellegrini play some youth team defenders rather than two left backs, and Boyata, alongside Nastasic?
    That bewildering needless rotation continued into the new season, when we lost to Stoke at the ETIHAD, and then gave our worst display since the takeover at Loftus Road. We were outpaced and outfought at Upton Park, and since then, it’s just continued and continued and continued.

    I would have sacked Pellegrini after our defeat at Burnley. Others preferred to wait until the end of the season, and perhaps the way we finished the campaign pulled the wool over a few eyes.

    Not mine, and I wanted him sacked after the pre-season embarrassment at Stuttgart. Once more I was told that it was only a friendly, but in case you aren’t aware, Stuttgart will probably be relegated next weekend for the first time in more than 40 years.

    If United don’t win at Upton Park, then how confident are you about City winning at Swansea?


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  15. Well said Neil I had my doubts as early as the friendly in the US against AC Milan when we showed our attacking capabilities by racing to a 5-0 lead in twenty minutes. However by half time, we'd conceded three and it was clear that something wasn't right. A good side is based on a sound defence and much as it pains me to say it United have one. All they need do is sort out the other end and they are back in business. We meanwhile have to score three goals per game to be roughly assured of winning because well as Otamendi and Mangala played today, there;s always another of our defenders waiting to pick up the baton called mistake.

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  16. I was strangely optimistic before today's game but in truth the writing was on the wall two minutes after we scored, by which time we had handed them the initiative courtesy of a chapter straight out of the 'Manchester City Book of Comedy Defending' I got the impression that if we scored 5 today, so would they. It's hard to contemplate us not being in the Champions League next season but after today I can see that that's what is going to happen. The rags will win their remaining 2 games 1-0 making our result at Swansea irrelevant. Only City could appoint the world's top coach and then be playing on Thursday nights against teams you've never heard of.

    I made a pledge that I would not comment on Manuel Pellegrini until the end of the season and at times I've had to metaphorically bite my tongue (bite my fingers?)I even sang his name and joined in the applause for him after the game but someone ought to be asking some serious questions about how this season has gone and not just of him. Even typing this I'm struggling to think that there could be even 1 more talented squad than ours in the country, let alone 4!

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  17. Did anyone else share Henry's astonishment about Hart laughing his head off at Clichy's stupid header? I was absolutely fizzing!

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    1. Is this the same Henry that was playing basketball in the Republic of Ireland's penalty area then sat down with Richard Dunne as if full of remorse at the final whistle? The guy has no credibility as far as I'm concerned. Much like Jamie Redknapp, the only reason he's on TV is that he's apparently regarded as 'eye candy' by a proportion of female viewers. If Hart's way of coping with the continuing pantomime all around him is to appear to laugh it off, that's fair enough - I doubt if tearing his hair out would improve the situation and would certainly do his advertising career no good at all!

      With regard to media coverage, I'm told today's papers are all about how City fans 'snubbed' Pellegrini at the end of the game yesterday. It's true that many left but that's more to do with the team disappearing for a quarter of an hour whilst the club try to stage manage an 'event'. Just let the players walk around straight after the final whistle like they used to. I particularly felt sorry for the under 18's following their achievement. Why couldn't they come out and walk around with their trophy at half time rather than in front of a stadium only a quarter full 10 minutes after the final whistle.

      Whilst on the subject of media coverage - anyone else already sick of hearing about Leicester's great achievement? Anyone would think no other club had risen from the third tier to win the Premier League.

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  18. Yes I had to agree, Hart seemed more interested in being sure it wasn't going to be an own goal than stopping it going for a corner then had a laugh
    about it. He did the same with Ronaldo when he was playing basketball

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  19. It reminded me of an incident at Anfield when Kompany almost scored an own goal, and Hart was visibly laughing at his captain.
    Of course, Liverpool scored from the resulting corner.


    However, what concerns me more, is the number if incidents involving Hart, where the other player tends to get all the blame.
    Hart-DeMichelis v United
    Hart-Fernando v PSG
    Hart-Clichy v Arsenal.

    Those were all in the last two months, but there are plenty of others.

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    1. Totally Agree, let's not forget Nastasic and Hart

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  20. I still find it strange that Mangala, Otamendi, and Fernando were all in the Porto team, comfortably beaten by City in 2011. However, one of City’s non playing substitutes, Stefan Savic might be playing in the Champions League Final in a couple of weeks.

    Hopefully Guardiola will improve some of our players in the same way that Simeone has inspired one of our maligned rejects.

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    1. Just checked. It was 2012 when we played Porto

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  21. Savic was never given the chance to improve, sold after few first team games and one season. As was Nastasic, just two seasons and never forgiven for the error that was as much Hart's as his. Let's not forget Boetang who was only played out of position, when picked in his one season with us. Now consider the mistakes made by Mangala, Demichelis and Otamendi, yet all are still here

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    1. Sadly, ALL of our defenders seem capable of dropping clangers on a fairly regular basis.

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