Lampard in lost New York flight tickets mystery – Man City 7 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak were today trying to explain to ‘Super Frankie Lampard’ the mystery surrounding the loss of his flight tickets to JFK Airport in New York.

City’s billionaire benefactor was also at a loss to fathom how all the luxurious 5 Star apartments overlooking Central Park had suddenly gone off the market, and Lampard’s ‘Green Card’ US work permit, had changed colour to sky blue.

Goal Celebration - Frank declined to get too excited after scoring against Chelsea - it was different against Wednesday. Courtesy@MCFC

Goal Celebration – Frank declined to get too excited after scoring against Chelsea – it was different against Wednesday. Courtesy@MCFC

It is believed the Sheikh has offered to fly City’s loan signing from New York City to the Big Apple in his own private jet, but he can’t accommodate him on board until May 25th, 2015, which by bizarre coincidence, just happens to be the day after the conclusion of the Premier League programme.

Until then, the 36-year ex-Chelsea and England veteran has been told that he ‘…may as well ‘stick around’ the Etihad…’ as he could be required to use his well practised techniques when it comes to lifting up silver pots, more commonly known as trophies.

Grounded - Frank would be a great asset to City beyond his current loan agreement. Courtesy @MCFC

Grounded – Frank would be a great asset to City beyond his current loan agreement. Courtesy @MCFC

Lamps is fast illuminating his surroundings after hitting three goals in just four days and establishing himself as a favourite with the City fans.

More cynical supporters had doubted the wisdom of his summer switch from Stamford Bridge, albeit en-route to the good old US of A, but they are rapidly becoming extinct.

Regrettably, the reality is that City’s new Number 18 will be heading across the Atlantic to star in Major League Soccer as early as next February, but not before he writes his own chapter in MCFC folklore.

Consumate professional - Will Chelsea be regretting letting Lamps join City? Courtesy@MCFC

Consumate professional – Will Chelsea be regretting letting Lamps join City? Courtesy@MCFC

Forever revered for his 85th minute equaliser against his former team late on Sunday afternoon, Frank took his City goals tally to three in three appearances after taking Man of the Match honours in this demolition of the less than sage-like Owls.

A plucky first 45 minutes might have had Sheffield Wednesday dreaming of a Capital One Cup upset, but a seven goal second half salvo blasted the Championship contenders into the middle of next week.

Manuel Pellegrini wasn’t messing around when he said he wanted to retain the trophy – his first major honour in England – despite five first team changes.

Smiler - Manuel was more than happy with City's magnificent performance. Courtesy@MCFC

Smiler – Manuel was more than happy with City’s magnificent performance. Courtesy@MCFC

Aguero, Nasri and Silva were absent injured, Zabaleta suspended and Fernando and Jovetic still on the road to recovery list.

Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Navas and Lampard came in, with Hart and Kompany sitting in the supremely comfortable and stylish seats, which we still laughingly call the bench.

It was a formidable City line-up and Wednesday did well to hold the Capital One Cup holders at bay, with Mangala volleying a shot against the post and keeper Chris Kirkland saving a superb Milner strike and Dzeko header.

Brace yourself - Edin hit two goals on the night to get his season off the mark. Courtesy@MCFC

Brace yourself – Edin hit two goals on the night to get his season off the mark. Courtesy@MCFC

One City goal was always likely to signal a glut and so it was, with Lampard opening proceedings in the 47th minute, closely followed by Dzeko and Navas in the 53rd and 54th minutes.

The 6,000-strong away following never received any encouragement from the pitch, so it fell to the 26,000 supporters in sky blue to make noise as a magnificent seven goals flowed in:

  • 47 mins Lampard sweeps in a close range shot after a Milner pass
  • 53 mins Dzeko opens his account for the season following a Navas assist
  • 54 mins Jesus the provider turns taker with a rasping drive inside the box
  • 60 mins Yaya converts a penalty after Lampard felled and Zayatte sent off
  • 77 mins Dzeko again, powering home a header from a great Kolarov cross
  • 88 mins Jose Angel Pozo slotted home a debut goal from a Navas pass
  • 90 mins Lampard completes rout after neat Kolarov & Navas passing play
Sweet Jesus - Navas was both the provider & taker of goals. Courtesy@MCFC

Sweet Jesus – Navas was both the provider & taker of goals. Courtesy@MCFC

Pellegrini withdrew Yaya, Fernandinho & Milner within a nine minute period, to keep them out of harm’s way before the Hull game, with Pozo, Boyata and Sinclair brought on to ease City home.

Lampard and Milner were once again the architects of City’s success, but a dream came true for 18-year old Pozo when the Spanish starlet, acquired from Real Madrid’s Academy aged just 16, fired home from a Navas assist.

On the spot - Captain Yaya led the team, executed the penalty and was then withdrawn to fight another War of the Roses against Hull on Saturday. Courtesy@MCFC

On the spot – Captain Yaya led the team, executed the penalty and was then withdrawn to fight another War of the Roses against Hull on Saturday. Courtesy@MCFC

For Dzeko, his brace represented 11 goals in 11 League Cup games – fair to say the Bosnian thrives in the competition.

In fairness Wednesday were 4-0 down on the hour and reduced to 10 men, as Zayatte was shown red after bringing down Lampard for the penalty.

Professional and clinical, it was pleasing to see City win so comfortably after harvesting just two draws and two narrow defeats in the past month,

Mesmeric Milner - If James keeps up his present performance levels he'll be a regular starter and signing a new long term deal with City. Courtesy@MCFC

Mesmeric Milner – If James keeps up his present performance levels he’ll be a regular starter and signing a new long term deal with City. Courtesy@MCFC

Next up in the Capital One Cup is the Toon Army who City knocked out at the same stage of the competition last season – 2-0 on Tyneside. This time, it’ll be the Barcodes to Manchester as Newcastle continue their Holy Grail for a win – any win – over their Sky Blue nemesis.

Newcastle have failed to beat City in 18 Premier League and Cup encounters since September 2005, so why the urgency to start now?

Bearing in mind Fernando, Jovetic, Aguero, Silva and Nasri were injured and not available for selection against Wednesday, the 4th Round tie at the Etihad is unlikely to be career enhancing for Toon boss Alan Pardew.

Goal-a-game - Frank surely can't sustain his scoring to games ratio...can he? Courtesy@MCFC

Goal-a-game – Frank surely can’t sustain his scoring to games ratio…can he? Courtesy@MCFC

Frank Lampard, on the other hand will be very welcome to take on ‘New Castle’ and put New York to the back of his mind.

 

#TrustOurMP

By David Walker

www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu

 

12 Comments

  1. September 25, 2014  12:09 pm by by Reply

    u re too good. love every article

    • September 25, 2014  1:11 pm by David Walker Reply

      That's a very generous comment - thank you. It can never be a question of being too good, it's trying to prove to people that I am good enough and, on that point, I don't appear to have succeeded in some quarters. Nonetheless, I enjoy writng about the club I have followed for more decades than I would care to count. Thanks for your feedback CTWD.

  2. September 25, 2014  1:18 pm by Toby Teasdale Reply

    "Regrettably, the reality is that City’s new Number 18 will be heading across the Atlantic to star in Major League Soccer as early as next February" Not unless he want's frostbite. City's "supremely comfortable and stylish seats, which we still laughingly call the bench" are as you know, also heated!

    Have to get my calendar out, but doesn't the Australian A league finish at the end of February? Do you think we could find room for Mr D. Villa?

    Good crowd last night. Mangala carried on where he left off on Sunday Had his left footed volley off the post gone in, would have been a candidate for goal of the season. Navas' was (IMO man of the match). Had it been Di Maria who had scored we would never here the end of it.

    Which reminds me, on sale outside White Hart Lane last night https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByUeu1CIgAAsMWv.jpg:large

    • September 25, 2014  2:05 pm by David Walker Reply

      Very amusing TT. We're already keeping Lampard into February, whether we can go beyond that remains to be seen. If he is inclined to delay the switch to NYC and MCFC can make it happen then it's a no brainer. Same applies if Mr Villa fancies joining the boys in blue, but I would be very doubtful on that one. NYC aren't going to be too chuffed if we keep Frankie for a while, so they're not going to allow their other franchise star to stay away. Lest we forget NYC needs to succeed for the City brand to flourish. American sports is not a good place to be if you're a losing franchise.

  3. September 25, 2014  3:37 pm by Richard Cooper Reply

    Well, that was a night to remember
    After a first half when Wednesday held their own, it seemed City woke up to the job in hand, and from the outset of the second half "blasted" them out of sight.
    With Frank spraying passes left and right with consumate ease, and Navas stretching the visitors with his speedy runs and with an average of a goal every 7 minutes the result was forseeable and somehow I don't think the sending off would have affected the outcome - "It should have been 10" came to mind "!
    If that first half shot of Mangala had missed the post and gone wide it would have knocked a hooting owl into the coach park. He is built like a boxer, has the speed of a sprinter, and looks one helluva a good addition to the defence.
    It was good to see Edin get 2 goals after a somewhat laconic first half and should do his confidence no harm.
    Young Pozo had a very good cameo first game similar to that of Lopes a couple of years ago.
    With Jimmy Milner turning in another lively performance, and Jovetic and Fernando hopefully returning soon the immediate future, pending any further injuries, definately looks pretty good.
    MP has said that, at 36, he can't see FL playing 3 consecutive games - probably correct but what a player to have on the bench.
    On thing is a certainty - Hull on on Saturday can't be as easy as that !

    • September 25, 2014  7:12 pm by David Walker Reply

      No easy games in the PL but if you're going to retain a title you go to places like Hull and come away with maximum points!

  4. September 25, 2014  4:24 pm by Graham Ward Reply

    In the end, an excellent start to the defence of the League Cup, and a scoreline that was very harsh on Wednesday, I thought.
    A home draw in the next round, against opponents who won't possibly relish their visit, but it gives them a chance to rid themselves of a jinx they have with us. We'll see.

    • September 25, 2014  7:15 pm by David Walker Reply

      Paul Hardcastle '19'- if we turn up there can't be any other outcome and then we're into the QF with the scent of another Capital gain in our nostrils!I said if we scored one we'd get three or four - I didn't think to add them together.

  5. September 25, 2014  10:27 pm by Glenn Kavanagh Reply

    It's great that frank seems at home with city, he looks genuinely happy..I'm delighted to have such a fantastic player associated with city. A magnificent pro. P.s navas is playing particularly well. We'll see now what the outcome is with Liverpool over ffp/uefa. Congrats to pozo. Great moment for him. I hope it doesn't turn out to be a token gesture. I would like to see him in the squad for the league. Put him in there I'm sure he knows what to do.

    • September 25, 2014  11:05 pm by David Walker Reply

      Agree on all points...that's a worry ;-)

  6. September 26, 2014  3:11 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Apologies for the late comment. Wow what a score line Super Frankie scores again, Finally the manager seems to be listing to me start strong then take off when were in front lol. Nice to see an academy product get a chance & he took it well lets hope we seem him again plus some of the other young lads. Great read as always Dave now onward to Hull & hopefully 3 pts.

    • September 26, 2014  3:21 pm by David Walker Reply

      You do make me smile - you don't have to apologise for not commenting or not commneting quickly enough! Yes, three points at Hull are essential and then the same again against Roma on Tuesday with Lampard to score two hat-tricks...well kinda!

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