Sunday, 28 August 2016

City 3 West Ham 1

Arguably the best performance under Pep to date.  Had we taken the chances we had, their goal would have been irrelevant.  I can't say that I can see what Caballero brings to the table that Hart doesn't and I think Hart would have got much closer to the cross that led to their goal, at least punching out, whereas Willie was in no man's land.  MotD were unusually unbiased tonight, the commentator gushing over our performance and the pundits in agreement that the Aguero incident deserved a yellow, but no more.  I'm trying to put together a blog myself for the few of us who regularly use this one to post on, but am having to wait until my daughter has the time as she has set up several blogs for her job.  I'll keep everyone informed when it's up and running.  That is assuming anyone's left to read this post.

15 comments:

  1. I think the same players under Pellegrini would have crumbled against a very determined and physical Wham side. After getting outplayed in the first half I think Mr. Marriner and his crew took pity on them in the second half. Sergio could be having a three game rest but this is not a one man team under Pep. Thanks for keeping things going Tony.

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  2. Yes, your efforts are appreciated Tony. With regard to the Aguero/Reid incident, I'm going to say what I say every time this type of thing occurs - I would not have a problem with a retrospective ban for Aguero PROVIDING every game each week-end was re-watched by a disciplinary panel and EVERY offence missed by the referees was then retrospectively punished. Anyone think this is likely? Other than this (as with Adebayor and Balotelli) it simply becomes trial by TV pundit. The irony is that TV replays show, as in the past, the referee looking straight at the incident and allowing play to continue. No doubt the City hating press mob are already handing out the pitch forks and flaming torches to try to force the ref to say something different.

    Fantastic performance in the first half but as ever, we made it harder than it should have been - welcome to Manchester City, Pep!

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  3. Great stuff, Tony. I'l definitely follow your Blog (and this in the meantime).

    As regards the match I thought we were just sensational in that 1st half and if only De Bruyne had converted that goal of the season we might've witnessed an avalanche.

    Silva was right back to his best and it was great to see Sterling continue his renaissance. I am so impressed with Stones too and think he s going to be a super star.

    Apart from a few flashes I thought Aguero was very quiet, which often seems to happen when he is given the big build-up on TV but whilst I agree with Steve. I do think we need him for Old Trafford as he scares the life out of them.

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  4. Enjoyed the game, some wonderful football, and a great atmosphere in the South Stand although the Pep song seems to die into a mumble as not everyone know the words, the £30 ticket cap seems to be working Sunderland sold there allocation this season last season only 1,496 Mackemms could afford it, yesterday Wham sold their allocation last season 1,366 ammers could afford a trip north and a pot of bubbles.

    Agree with Tony about Joe Hart and Willie, in fact some of the kicking from our goalie yesterday was lower league standard, in fact I'd say that much of the criticism of Joe's distribution over the last couple of seasons was due to 9 out of 10 of the outfield players turning their backs when Joe had collected the ball.

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  5. I read a comment that suggested Joe’s distribution was responsible for many of the goals we concede. I checked out highlights from last season’s games and couldn’t find much evidence of this. The odd goal came directly from a Joe Hart punt up field but usually comical defending in between the clearance and the ball hitting the net was the major contributor. Equally, there were several times when Joe did exactly what Pep would want and passed the ball out to a defender only for it to be moved around aimlessly before finally being lost, blame for which can hardly be laid at Joe’s feet.

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    1. Sorry, that post above is mine. My daughter has created a new account for me and I forgot to log out of it

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  6. I actually thought that yesterday showed on a few occasions why Willy can be better than Joe. KDB's should-have-been-third-goal-but-wasn't came from West Ham pressing us hard to combat the whole playing-out thing. Willy did get the ball out and it led to a swift 1-2 in our half and another pull-back from Nolito. Joe would have just hoofed it towards the dugouts and given them a freekick. It does make so much difference to positive possession if the ball comes out under control and quickly. Joe seemed only able to build from the back when his CB's and FB's were not under pressure. But that's because the opposition have fallen back and have a dense midfield which we then try and play through. I think I could have played in goal yesterday, so lower levels of shot-stopping (maybe) wouldn't have mattered. Of course there were one or two pressed hoofs upfield where Willy was just as bad as Joe. If yesterday's first half performance comes from Pep's approach then I'll take whatever he chooses.

    Big shock of yesterday was Nasri, who looked like the 'after' picture in a WeightWatchers commercial. Played well, committed well and seemed like someone wanting to seize a chance to stay and join the revolution. In which case, we'll be happy to keep him if he's happy to be a midfield alternate rather than a certain starter. Joe, Yaya, Bony and Mangala the only rejects therefore. Better hurry out the door guys...

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  7. Not sure it's a good idea to have Bravo making his debut in the heat of a Manchester Derby. I know what you mean Geoff, but I also think that Joe would have done better with the cross that led to their goal. Media lynching of Aguero is in full swing, led by Talkshite, unless I caught them at a point where they being objectivw

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  8. I think Bravo has faced sterner challenges than that, Tony.

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    1. Yes, you're probably right. I just thought that Joe would be really up for this one.

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  9. I thought the football we played in the first half yesterday was some of the best I have seen by a City team. My first match was Nov 1957. Noticed a few times how the keeper being comfortable on the ball can be very useful in terms of taking out three or four opposition players when the ball is played quickly. It was a pity the performance didn't get the four or five goals it deserved.

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  10. Thanks Tony P. It's good to read the views of reasoned supporters instead of the "foamers" found on other sites.

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    1. Thanks Tony, I am still working on it and have named the board, my daughter is just sorting out the mechanics.

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  11. Great to see this blog continues in one form or another - facebook is not the same really. Funnily enough a friend of ours from Santiago chile was over at weekend and took In the match . He is a fan of colo colo ( the united of Chile and bravos first club ) he said the atmosphere in a Santiago derby makes our derby look like a Sunday school picnic so bravo should have no issues at all at " the glazerdome " on Saturday week . Under previous management a trip their without Aguero would be a nightmare - I actually think it could be a bonus with at least one debutant and the eye poker having no idea as to how City will play . I will be genuinely disappointed with anything less than a comfortable win .

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    1. Had to watch on Sky in Wales as we'd already booked a long weekend away. Very happy at half time, especially as the place was full of rather glum united and looserpool fans. 2nd half a bit nervous, although Wham didn't actually really threaten other than the goal, of which I'd have expected Zab to have done a bit better.
      Still, 5 out of 5 under Pep can't be argued with, be interesting when we really hit top gear. Sergio's elbow really stupid, although his ban should cover being out with a calf strain already.

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