Category archives: Match Report

Manuel has no ideas in dunce's corner - Man City 1 Hull City 1

Trust, like reputation, is a priceless virtue. A highly valued but incredibly vulnerable commodity, it accumulates over a prolonged period. Conversely, it’s always at risk if new realities crash in and established perceptions are swept away. Manuel Pellegrini now finds himself at a crossroads in his brief, but hitherto highly successful time as manager of Manchester City. The trust and belief in the affable, professorial-like Chilean is under scrutiny like […]

Chelsea’s ‘Special Coach’ – park it over there mate!

Jose Mourinho has an obvious affinity with large passenger transport vehicles. He is very adept at parking buses and, in his capacity as a coach, the removal of his teeth would ordinarily accommodate 52 seats. But for once – sadly, probably just the once – Jose is keeping his poisonous ‘Norf & Sarf’ shut. The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ is in a strop and seeking to perpetuate the myth that his […]

Double trouble for City...again! - Man City 0 Middlesbrough 2

For some it spells magic, for others, unexpected misery. FA Cup upsets are fuelled by the over achievement, hunger and desire of the underdog, aided and abetted by the sub-standard performance, arrogance and complacency of the favourites. Whatever the factors Manchester City and, to an even greater degree, Chelsea, were given a sickening double dose of ‘it’, as Middlesbrough and Bradford City embarrassed and humiliated the Premier League’s front-runners in […]

Go figure - City blasted by Gunners - Man City 0 Arsenal 2

There are lies, damned lies and statistics and, after a shocking display, Manchester City were left to go and figure it out as to how and why it had all gone so horribly wrong. Possession is supposed to be nine-tenths of the law, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men will testify that 65% possession counts for 100% of sweet FA when it comes to winning football matches. In the land of sporting […]

Champs to chumps - a game of two halves! Man City 2 Burnley 2

Manchester City’s champs became chumps as complacency, sloppiness and fatigue provided an escape route for a battling Burnley to pull back two goals and gain a deserved point. In a pathetic second half display – right up there with the CSKA Moscow debacle – City imploded with an error strewn, lack lustre offering, one that contradicted all the credit accumulated in a nine-game winning streak. The ‘p’ in professional was […]

Canarian stuffs Eagles...and not a turkey in sight! Man City 3 Crystal Palace 0

A City team led by Mark Hughes could see the blue half of Manchester top of the Premier League table just in time for Christmas. In a bizarre twist of fate, the ex-Manchester City manager could help put his former employers in pole position to retain their title – five years and three days after he was unceremoniously sacked by the Etihad outfit. If Hughes’ Stoke City can repeat last […]

Pellegrini hounded by injuries as Foxes fall - Leicester City 0 Man City 1

Manchester City’s arch foes Michel Platini and Jose Mourinho were probably wearing smug grins after Manuel Pellegrini’s team won their seventh consecutive game in both the Champions and Premier Leagues. But why would UEFA’s Little Napoleon and Chelsea’s Snide One be smiling when City, the team everybody now loves to hate, had maintained momentum with a hard fought 1-0 win against rock bottom Leicester City? The answer is found in […]

Rome falls to 'one-man' City - AS Roma 0 Man City 2

Manchester City were nigh on spineless as kick off loomed at the Stadio Olimpico in the Eternal City. Even worse, they would be virtually invisible, as they took on the might of Rome for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Labelled as a ‘one man team’ due to the sensational goal scoring exploits of Sergio Aguero, it was as if the rest of City’s playing staff […]

AaaarrrguerrNO! - Man City 1 Everton 0

Manchester City shaved another three points off Chelsea’s lead but it was as if they’d had their throat cut, with lifeblood Sergio Aguero suffering a serious injury. A fortuitous penalty ultimately delivered a hard fought and deserved 1-0 win over Everton, but the focus fell on a horrible Aaaarrggguero moment when the Argentine super striker sustained suspected knee ligament damage. If, as feared, Sergio is sidelined for weeks if not […]

Bang on the money! Sunderland 1 Man City 4

By day Manchester City illuminated the business world with stunning financial results. By night they shone like a beacon of excellence in an arena where they had all too often been engulfed by darkness. Go back four years and City were running with annual losses of £198m which dwarfed revenues of £153m. Go back to 2010/11 and you have the onset of a run of four incredulous 1-0 City defeats […]