Saturday, 20 August 2016

Stoke 1 CITY 4

A much better performance particularly the first half where we dominated. Had the referee not decided to give them a joke penalty (to make up for the one he missed in the first half?) it may not have been so nerve racking in the second half. Their goal coming so quickly galvanised them, but fair do's we defended OK and rarely looked in danger. Can anyone explain why, when I think it was Silva was bundled off the ball, he was not only not given the free kick but was also booked?  Great play again from Sterling, although he wasn't as busy in the second half.  Stones looked immense, let's hope he can keep it up.  Aguero seems to be doing little, yet still scores twice.  Regarding Joe Hart, I was told today by a City fan I know that Hart is going nowhere and was actually told by Guardiola that he will rotate the keepers this year and that he (Hart) wouldn't be playing for the first five games to allow him to work on one or two weaknesses that Pep has spotted and to let Joe get to peak fitness.  Could be rubbish, but then so could all the stories them press have written  

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  1. Nice to see a posting again, Tony. An earlier query on whether all's ok with Dave was commented on prior to the Sunderland game, and nothing since, so here's hoping all's well.
    The Hart situation is annoying, but I hope City don't feel they have to sell ( and certainly not for £20m, or to one of our rivals ). I would hope all the parties involved could step back and take a deep breath. A season's loan abroad, or to Everton, would make more sense as we could see how the land lies in 12 months. Also, if we do sign this guy from Barca, where would that then leave Willy C? back on the bench one assumes. If it's all down to a distribution failing on Joe's part, then what happens after today when Willy's was dreadful? Surely Joe could start on Wednesday in a dead tie?
    Anyway, a very good win, and even at 2.1 I didn't have that permanent heart in the mouth feeling when the ball got near our area. So far, Zaba and Alex seem reborn along with Raheem ( the booing of whom is rapidly becoming tiresome ) and Stones settling far quicker than I anticipated.
    How soon before some of the press dub the derby as "season defining", or an early "possible title decider".

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  2. Hi Dave, I have posted a few comments on the last thread. I spoke to Dave a few weeks ago. I'm sure he's OK, probably just busy I know what you mean about that "heart in the mouth" feeling, I feel a little easier too with our defence looking much better without Mangala's cock up's and Kolarov and Zab looking better. Sterling almost shut the booing up in the perfect way when he received the ball midway through the first half ran past their player and just shot over just as the boos were beginning to ring out. I only watched on TV but I can't say they were as loud or as often as last season

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  3. Just had a message from Dave to say he's OK. He reckons the blog is down at the moment, but there were plenty of comments on the last thread and I have been able to start a new one OK

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  4. A bunch of beefy boys supported by a bunch of boo boys. A satisfying win. The wandering full back opens up a lot of space for Silva and De Bruyne and makes us less predictable. With players due back from injury and confidence high things are looking good. I think we will see a rejuvinated Joe back soon. Looking forward to seeing Dave back on the blog soon.

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  5. There was a good article in the Guardian last week, outlining how Guardiola likes the opposing strikers to press his goalkeeper, because potentially this creates an extra man in midfield, or an overlap on the wing.. However, whilst working on a few training routines he noticed that Joe was struggling to distribute, or move the ball quickly between feet.
    Incredible, how today was virtually last season’s team, yet we looked a yard quicker. I’m also impressed by the way we’ve adopted the Barca/Madrid mantra of “crush without mercy”, continually striving for extra goals, instead of taking our foot off the gas, so beloved of previous regimes.

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    1. Yes Neil! The same players some of us thought were capable of so much more. There is so much to like about the way this team goes about it's business,work rate, pressing/harassing, (forcing the opposition into mistakes) and the crushing which can in time put teams into a mindset of being beaten before they set foot on the pitch. One negative from the game is that we still have players capable of a moment of stupidity. Kolarov should have conceded a penalty for a ridiculous push in the box on a day when Mike Dean was giving penalties for minimal contact,something for Pep to sort out.

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  6. Great to log onto KK and see a new thread. Suggestion. Dave should delegate this to Tony, who will keep us motivated to log on.

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence Glyn but anyone can start a new thread at any time about any subject. If Dave would like me to start a regular thread though, I will happily do it. The problem may be that as I mentioned in my recent KK stuff, I am also a member of about five facebook pages and am constantly commentating on those

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    2. So you are commenting on other threads Tony? And I thought we were the only one.I feel betrayed and disappointed. My lawyers will be in touch regarding a permanent separation and will be requesting custody of the hat.

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  7. Why did the Neanderthals at Stoke insist on booing Sterling's every touch?. Utter morons this bunch, unless they all have scouse connections somewhere down the line. I thought we were ok, nothing more, but if we can win 4-1 when not playing brilliantly, heaven knows what might happen when we click.

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    1. Morons is the right word but you have omitted the crucial word "racist". I'm over pretending that this is anything else - lots of players move from one club to another to progress their careers. Does anyone in their right mind think they do this to earn less money? Has anyone else suffered like Raheem? Has Adam Lallana? Luke Shaw? I doubt that even John Stones will. What's the difference? Who were England's worst players at the Euros? Rooney did little (as usual) Spurs 'top striker' did nothing and Jack Wilshire was absolutely woeful - who got the most criticism? What's the difference between Raheem and all the others? Yes, you've guessed it!

      They (meaning the media and fans of other clubs) will deny it, of course, but the cat was let out of the bag by a rag at work who referred to Sterling as "That little black b*stard"

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    2. I can't believe that, rb, not when every club in the land has lots of black players in their squads. Neil hit the nail on the head when he commented on his Facebook page, posting a picture of some sheep. That's all it is, copycat sheep who are going along with the herd. Raheem needs to have the season of his life to shut them up and he nearly rammed their boos down their throats when he fired over, just as the booing started yesterday

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    3. Tony, that's because you are a decent human being who likes to think that people aren't racists. I used to believe that it was lead by disgruntled Liverpool fans who didn't want to acknowledge their true standing in the football world and fueled by the Scouse mafia in the media but it has gone on for so long and is that widespread now that I suspect something a bit more unsavoury. Lets see if John Stones, who has come to City in very similar circumstances, is subject to the same sort of treatment. In any case, my stock response to criticism of Sterling from now on is going to be the accusation of racism. If it's good enough for the politicians, it's good enough for me!

      I totally agree that only he can put a stop to it by consistent outstanding performances throughout the season. I would have loved to have seen him score yesterday.

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  8. How delusional is Mark Hughes? Did anyone else feel that Stoke had been "totally dominant" before City were awarded a penalty? Although he's understandably trying to put a positive spin on things, he's starting to sound as if he's not really in touch with reality.

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  9. Yes I heard him on motd he has to say that because if the comments I have read on a Stoke blog are anything to go by his days are numbered

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  11. Shawcross admitted he had fouled Otamendi and that he didn't think Sterling had fouled him,refreshing honesty his manager lacks. I don't think the Sterling booing is racist. Stoke fans have booed the whole team in past games have now decided to boo one,some kind of moronic logic at work?

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  12. Hi Tony - Not sure if anyone can put up new threads on the blog? If so, the method of doing so eludes me - probably obvious. I've often thought it feels like Dave's first love is KK and that he'd be perfectly happy if others made the blog more their task - happy to help if it needs moderators or whatever. I appreciate the quality of what gets on here, Bluemoon is all very well but it's a bit abuse-driven and over-stuffed with material. I'm happy to exchange a few thoughts about Hart's departure but not if I have 300 pages to wade through first.

    My guess is that there is a racist element in Sterling getting booed. But there's also an element of sheep-like behaviour, a bit of Scouse hatred and a slice of hatred from those who perceived his very public statement of intent to depart Liverpool. His reputation was very much arrogant show-pony tosser and I've been delighted to find he's actually a proper and unselfish grafter.

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    2. As far as I understand, anyone can start a new thread. I haven't any special privileges when it comes to the blog. To do so, you need to login as if you are going to post, then check the top right of the screen where your login name is listed and you'll see "new post" Click on that, give your post a title, write what you want to say and click submit. I am trying to spread the message amongst one or two people I've befriended on the Facebook pages to join this blog too, so hopefully there will be a few more names on here soon

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    3. Nope no sign - on the Dark Blue thin strip at the top on the right is my log-in (my email address), then Dashboard and Sign Out On the left is More (leads you to Sharing on FB etc) and Next Blog.

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    4. Strange! Perhaps Dave can answer why you can't post, I really can't imagine that some of us have been given permission and others haven't. Can anyone else post a thread?

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  13. I'm with Geoff here. Have always maintained this is the most civilized football forum I've been part of. All the regulars seem great guys and lots of sensible comment.

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  14. Dear all, many thanks Tony for the post and for everyone's comments. Just to let you know that all is well with Dave but the blog broke recently so we have unleashed Dave onto the official King of the Kippax Facebook page (not to be confused with the King of the Kippax Manchester City FC fanzine Appreciation page) and also on our Twitter feed. The King of the Kippax email address has also changed to: KOTK.fanzine@gmail.com as the blue yonder account was experiencing technical difficulties. Please visit the official King of the Kippax Facebook page and post your comments there then Dave can see them and respond. Cheers

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    1. Does that mean we aren't to use the blog anymore Marnie?

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    2. I think it's best not to Tony. Google changed recently where it wouldn't allow blue yonder accounts and then it got very complicated. So we've set up a new email address and are winding down the blue yonder one. There are more of us set up as admins on the Facebook page so we can monitor it better as we had spurs fans on here posting abuse recently and Dave's IT saviness is not great!

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  15. Well, looks like that's it then guys. If we want to communicate then we need to go to https://www.facebook.com/KingKippax/

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  16. I'm out then guys, as I have no intention of setting up a Facebook account. Whatever happens, come on City for the remainder of this season. All the best to everyone!.

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  17. I'm out then guys, as I have no intention of setting up a Facebook account. Whatever happens, come on City for the remainder of this season. All the best to everyone!.

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    1. You can setup a FB account and keep it totally private so no one can see your stuff DB. Just use it to log in to KK.

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  18. What a shame. I will join the facebook group but sad the likes of Derbyshire Blue can't. All the Best guys.

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  19. A bit mean to move to facebook the week I am on holiday and having a temporary self imposed facebook exile !!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š will get over there next week, meanwhile what a brilliant start to the season - everyone firing on all cylinders watching the match in town you could sense how deflated the rags were after their" title win "the night before , the stark reality for them is that City will have to slip up badly for the eye poker to have any chance at all !!

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  20. That's a great shame, I have really enjoyed the high quality exchanges on here over the past few years. I'm not on facebook, so that appears to be it, gentlemen. Many thanks.

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    1. Ah come onnnn, come onnnnn, come onnnnn. I'll keep asking until you join us RB.

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    2. Good times on the blog,will miss you guys. Farewell.

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  21. Oh no, not Steve too. Hope al you guys can think again and join the Facebook group.

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    1. Though I'm not here often I've always enjoyed reading all the comments but I'm afraid it's farewell from me too as I can't abide faceache

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  22. I don't post often but enjoy the read and comments. I am officially a dinosaur so will not be opening a social network account any time soon. So long and thanks for all the smiles.

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  23. This is sad as we've been posting here for several years, but in fairness, it seems to be the same names that keep coming up. That's not to say others are reading and not commenting, but it just feels that there's a hard-core of ten to fifteen of us. Does anyone know if there's any way of checking how many members the blog has?

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  24. A fairly late convert to this blog , so sad in a way but facebook Is the future whether we like it or not . As other people have said you can dip in and out as often as you like, but it can be quite addictive, which is why I am having a week off from it whilst on holiday.see you on the other side soon

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  25. I went on the KOTK site,there doesn't seem to be much going on and I do have an account but as invasion by other fans soured things at times on the blog I would have thought the facebook version would be more vulnerable but will be checking it out.

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  26. The Facebook site is totally secure Steve, because ALL postings are moderated BEFORE they are allowed onto the site, However, I'm not sure I like it. I posted a comment last night about the game and you have to wait for them to be moderated, which is fine as it stops idiots coming on and hijacking the board. Today when I looked, they didn't show up on the main site for others to comment on. Instead they were listed under "guest postings" which most people wouldn't think to look at.

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  27. What exactly is the problem with the blog. How did it get broken? Could a new one be started? I put a comment on facebook and it was just stuck at the side.On past experience it seems to exist for promoting business or self and is not a genuine forum.

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  28. What is stopping us from posting on here still, or will it be deleted soon?. Oh , welcome to Manchester Claudio.

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  29. From what Marnie said in an earlier post, it's just not moderated, so there's nothing to stop fans of opposing clubs and hurling insults. Whilst this board is still running, I'm happy to keep communicating, but no, there's nothing to stop us creating our own blog. In fact I actually have one on this server. two years ago as part of my daughters fashion course, she had to create a blog, so we came on here and created one in my name, but she never used it. It's still there floating in cyberspace waiting for some posts and comments. I could change its name to Man City Faithfull or such like and we can continue as we have done. The problem is there doesn't seem to be very many of us. I'm also a member of the Didsbury Blues blog, which can be found at the side. I go on there quite regularly but despite them having 2000 members, I only see a few, same names posting or replying to posts.

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  30. I think it's about 9 years I have been on the blog and the only problem was the Everton knuckle dragging morons who got upset about a silly joke. The Spurs fans were argumentative but being Mancunian and an an adult it was nothing to get "hup" about as John Lennon once said. I suspect something else is going on that I may not want to know about, the bottom line being if the blog is dead and gone then so be it. Personally I would much prefer to keep a forum going in some form and will keep an eye on the facebook version.

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  31. I will see if I can convert my blog when I get time Steve, if so, I'll contact everyone who's posted on here and ask if they'll register, to keep it going.

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  32. I'm going to have to ask my daughter what the hell you do. There are more controls than a Jumbo Jet and despite fiddling around for half an hour, I haven't discovered how to change the bloody name of it yet. And I consider myself to be computer savy

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