Monday, 9 May 2016

Monday

Monday
Saturday night we met up in a Manchester hotel with City old boy Bill Leivers and his son Glen who’d come up from Truro for the game against Arsenal. We had an enjoyable evening chewing the fat on all things City, old and new.
Sunday dawned bright and breezy, and for a change it was pretty hot at Eastlands, before the ‘must win’ game against the Arse. Great atmosphere   went even better after Sergio’s goal, and then…….did that really happen – a simple defensive header under no pressure two minutes later nearly went into our net but to our great relief went out for a corner. Over it came and Giroud who always scores against us but hasn’t scored for weeks, headed in unchallenged. Do we ever learn?
Kelechi cocked one up and Bony hit the bar I thought we put in a decent shift and a draw would’ve been a decent result some weeks ago but not today.
We left earlyish to flog a few zines which was a big mistake as we just got grief for the front cover, one Blue throwing a punch at Sue’s fanzines. Well perhaps we should’ve been a bit cleverer with the front cover and despite Pellers’ legacy of probs the Europa league, it would’ve seen churlish not to thank him for the 3 trophies in 3 years.
So we’re relying on West Ham to get at least a draw v the rags then a point at Swansea, who’ve just hit top form will do.
Won’t it?

Dave

20 comments:

  1. Not sure you're right here, Dave. If United get a draw tonight I think we need to beat Swansea - unless United fail to win on Sunday too?

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  2. West Ham win and we just need to draw at Swansea, whatever they do.
    A draw and we're 1pt ahead and therefore must strive to win.
    A United win and we have to put our faith in Bournemouth.

    I expect a series of after-you cock-ups. United blow it by drawing with West Ham. Then we fuck it up in Wales by losing to Swansea. Then United re-fuck it up by drawing, with a Rooney own goal in the 94th minute. Well a boy can dream...

    That you can get actual grief and violence from 'fans' is appalling. You'd get plenty of people taking issue with your line of thanking Pellers and let's move on and do better. I think you're right but there are a lot of people who seem hell-bent on stringing the guy up. However, after a game in which we genuinely put a shift in as you say and would have won that game 70% of the time, to take it out on Sue or anyone is unforgivable. I sometimes think people just have no concept of what a massive job KK actually is and how long you've been managing to do it.

    By all means disagree but not with your fists. and I even understand those who chose to shove off at the end of the game instead of waiting to applaud the U18's and to acknowledge that at least some of the players did their best all season. What message does it sent to the players who we do want to stay? It just says fuck you, don't care about your efforts and better not fail to deliver next season. But that's an opinion and I understand others would have left rather than boo some who've not tried. We don't all have to see things the same way.

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    1. I think any kudos earned by his achievements has been diluted by the level of his failures and personally I feel no antagonism towards the man I just feel that the task was beyond his capabilities. Punching the magazine is childish. It would appear that Pellegrini is a close personal friend of Sheik Mansour which explains so much, so any anger could be directed towards the biggest City fan in the middle east who has poured his own personal fortune into the club enabling us to buy any player we can convince to join us and brought in the most sought after manager in the world ever,with unlimited funds to spend. What ever happens this weekend maybe we should just be grateful and move on.

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    2. It won't be any consolation but you're not alone Dave. We did stay until after the 'lap of appreciation' etc. and knowing we'd be blocked in the car park had a walk around outside afterwards. We had a chat with the lads from Bluemoonrising TV. As we were talking someone walking past shouted, "Bluemoonrising TV? You're f*cking sh*te!" So much for trying to do something for fellow fans. I don't know if it's just my imagination, but the nature of fans seems to be changing rapidly - many seem to be far less 'supporters' these days. They turn up late (or not at all if it's not top class opposition), many don't get behind the team at all (the booing of Bony when he came on was embarrassing and counter productive, however much he's disappointed) and even on Sunday were leaving in large numbers before the end with the game in the balance.

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  3. Our best bet is United drawing tonight, that way we MUST win on Sunday. We can't trust Pellegrini or some of these players if just a draw is required. I suppose there's a chance that Villa will beat Arsenal!! I knew it was going to come to this and have been warning of it for months. Prioritising the CL was a big mistake. The way United and Chelsea eventually sorted out the CL/PL conundrum was by having TWO squads of players once the three foreigners rule was scrapped. We, in theory have two squads, but injuries have depleted one and quite honestly our second squad is just not good enough to take up the slack in the PL when those in the first squad needed resting. Add to that a squad limit that has been introduced since an English team last won the PL, the home grown rule and of course FFP and we were always up against it. I hope, just hope that there is a plan, that being that half a dozen of the EDS are ready to step up and that is why the CL qualification was sacrificed. On one site one guy reckoned that's why the EDS played Chelsea at the Etihad last night, to familiarise the lads with playing in the stadium in readiness for next season. If that's not the case, I hope the Sheikh is happy with the progress we've made because I'm not

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  4. Prayers answered boys! We can't blow it now.... can we?

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    1. Oh yes we can!

      Next Sunday I'm fully expecting a reverse scenario of the QPR game.

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  5. United were truly awful this evening. I rarely watch them but my son and his mate and I couldn't stand just sitting around waiting for thee final score. West Ham pressed them from the off and scored early, then missed two glorious chances to put the game to bed especially a one on one from Carrol when clean through he shot straight at DeGea. I swear Bony could have done better...no really!. United scored with their first and second shots on target just as they have been doing all season and it looked like they would sneak another win they didn't deserve. Fortunately for us, WHAM wanted to give their ground a better send off than we did. Rooney and Smalling looked awful with rest not far behind them and only Martial and to a lesser extent Rashford looked decent. How the hell they are challenging us for top four, I don't know. At least now our fate is in our hands again, but quite honestly, Bournemouth will give them a game if they play like they did tonight.

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  6. Well, well, well! This is why you never see me in the bookies and why I make it a policy to never predict City results - it seems I can't predict anyone else's either! As we have been saying all season, no-one to blame but ourselves if we can't make this happen now.

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  7. How long before someone suggests the game should be replayed though? (Not that I'm trivialising the disgusting behaviour of the Hammers fans.

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  8. City to cock up in spectacular fashion on Sunday. It will be Pellegrini's final parting shot.

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  9. Says it all that I have more faith in Bournemouth than I do in us. City and United to get 1 point out of 6 between us on Sunday.

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  10. A massive chance that Wham have given us, despite that donkey Carroll's best efforts to f*** up. Any talk of him at the Euro's if Wellbeck's out at Defoe's expense would be madness, although the press are talking up Lindgard to go?
    Maybe we could offer Swansea Bony for nothing if they'll throw the game on Sunday?

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  11. On a scale of 1-10, where 1 means a frustrating, foul mouthed, afternoon of unnecessary torment, and 10 means a carefree end-of-season stroll in the park, how confident am I that Pellegrini will focus the team professionally for Sunday, and not encourage yet another lethargic, lacklustre, tepid, spineless, clueless, characterless, shapeless, rudderless, hopeless, performance?

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    1. I'm more hopeful than you Neil, I expect about 4...

      Mind you I'm going to be trying to avoid it by having a family bash that afternoon and just pick up the results at 4.50pm.

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  12. While it was very noble of Sagna to take the blame on behalf of the players for a poor season,presumably while Pellers was nodding in agreement, barring some outrageous bad fortune (fate doesn't need tempting for us) there can be no excuses. A chance for redemption?

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  13. bought a copy from you on sunday Dave , the cover was respectful and for anyone to abuse it only shows the level that some of our so called support stoops to these days ( do they not realise that level of arrogance is exactly what we used to slag stretford fans off for ? ) i am as disappointed as anyone with how this season has panned out - but pellegrini was only ever "minding the shop" in anticipation of peps arrival . the playing staff were always fully aware of this so to blame the announcement on feb 1st as the main reason for citys shortcomings is very wide of the mark - injuries to key players have not helped and the managers inability to motivate and inspire is surely another factor ( something that will certainly be addressed with the arrival of the new coach ) . City now have a chance to finish on a reasonable high on sunday - the club have moved on slightly in the past 3 years , would anticipate them being in a far healthier position 3 years from now .

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    1. Guy - City watchers know that our inconsistent form kicked in well before the announcement of Manuel's impending departure - that's all been a bit of a red herring in my opinion. In fact, I think it has been advantageous to Pellegrini in one regard. Not only have the players known he was going, so have we, the fans. As a consequence much of the dissatisfaction with him in some quarters has remained largely muted - he's going anyway so why make a fuss. Imagine if it was thought that he was staying for another year or two - I'm sure that some of the disappointment and frustration would have become much more vocal, if not hostile.

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  14. Dave, did you really need your coat on Sunday, I know you've been caught out by the weather before but the chance of rain was pretty slim (unlike Luke Shaw)

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