Category archives: Match Report

WIGAN 0 MANCITY 2 - Mario on song in City's cold play

How often have we heard ‘sage-like’ football ‘experts’ counsel ’Let’s see how he fancies playing at Wigan on a cold November night…’ when discussing a foreign player from warmer climes? Well one of the most debated players of modern times took a bit of a shine to the freezing uninviting terrain at the DW Stadium to confound his legions of detractors. Mario Barwuah Balotelli – without a goal Premier League […]

CHELSEA 0 MAN CITY 0 - City's close shave with dodgy Brazilian

There was a time when Manchester City contemplated breaking the bank for Benfica’s maverick defender David Luiz – thank goodness Roman Abramovich splashed out the roubles and the Abu Dhabi dollars stayed in the account. Once described unflatteringly as a ‘Play Station footballer’ by Sky pundit Gary Neville, Luiz was a key player in denying City all three points at Stamford Bridge…but for all the wrong reasons. Chelsea’s Brazilian, with […]

MAN CITY 1 REAL MADRID 1 - Mancini out of Europe but still in vogue

As feared or expected – depending on your perspective – Manchester City exited the Champions League having failed to win any of their first five games in Group D. But before the snipers and the cynics seek to make further mischief for Roberto Mancini and his team, they would do well to remember the image of an animated Jose Mourinho, willing the final whistle to be blown as City laid […]

MAN CITY 5 ASTON VILLA 0 - Don't look down

Champions Manchester City returned to the summit of the Premier League for the first time since being crowned last May with an emphatic 5-0 demolition of a vapid Aston Villa. Déjà vu was a welcome companion for Roberto Mancini’s marauders as history repeated. Rewind to October 2011 – City won 4-1 and sat aloft the English game for the next 22 weeks. A similar table-topping exercise – plus the addition […]

MAN CITY 2 SPURS 1 - Twisted Oliver sunk by supersub Dzeko

The double standards and rank hypocrisy surrounding coverage of the two sides of Manchester was, once again, stripped bare for all to see after wins for City and United. United went to their happiest of Premier League hunting grounds – Villa Park – to record a totally expected, almost mandatory,  3-2 win after a spineless capitulation by the home team. City beat a supposedly high quality Tottenham team, with their […]


Two inescapable truths emerged from Manchester City’s highly controversial Champions League draw with Ajax – the first that City were cheated out of a crucial win, the second that Roberto Mancini’s side are not yet ready to sit at the top table of European football. There can be no disputing that City could and should have beaten the cultured Dutch champions 3-2, possibly even 4-2. The fact they didn’t lies […]

WEST HAM v MAN CITY - City's bubble remains intact

The question facing Manchester City fans is, do they believe their proverbial glass to be half full or half empty, as their team of defending champions complete more than a quarter of their Premier League fixtures? Theirs is a team with the only unbeaten record in the PL this season – actually stretching back to 16 games – and horror of horrors, they failed to score against a resolute West […]

MAN CITY v SWANSEA - Mancini playing the long, long game

There’s winning ugly and there’s winning pig ugly and extending this unsightly encounter to make it the longest Premier League fixture in history did nothing to beautify proceedings. A near capacity Etihad crowd endured an additional 12 minutes and 45 seconds after the regulation 90 minutes were interrupted for medical treatment following nasty injuries to Swansea keeper Michel Vorm and Micah Richards. It was a case of quantity over quality […]

AJAX v MAN CITY - First flush of failure

Ajax cleaned up in the Amsterdam ArenA after Manchester City produced a stinking performance that leaves their Champions League campaign in a proper mess. In one of the most liberalized cities in Europe, where cannabis is smoked without a whiff of compunction, City seemed suitably ‘spaced out’. Frank De Boer’s young side simply brushed aside the challenge of the English champions and flushed City’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout […]

WBA v MAN CITY - City's Garden of Edin

Manchester City’s thoroughly deserved 2-1 win at The Hawthorns was undoubtedly the late late Edin Dzeko show as 10-man City persevered in adversity. But it was a victory built on a resilience, self belief and strength of purpose stemming from that memorable, last minute, title-clinching win over QPR last May. Has there ever been a team more aware of the rewards to be had by keeping going until the final […]