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MAN CITY v FULHAM - Snow joking - City CAN retain PL title

Roberto Mancini can reflect on a very satisfying start to 2013, with a 100% win record and the spectre of Pep Guardiola being laid to rest in respect of the Manchester City manager’s job. Ill informed media speculation proved to be just that, as the ex-Barcelona boss signed a three-year deal to go to Bayern Munich, thereby ending rumours of a summer switch to the Etihad. Despite intense hype that […]

ARSENAL 0 MAN CITY 2 – Priceless...even at £62 a-head!

If you’re paying £129,456 in the January sales you’d have every right to expect something a bit special. That’s exactly what was served up to 2,088 travelling Manchester City fans who witnessed history in the making. At £62 a-go, some of the most faithful football fans in the land had baulked at Arsenal’s extortionate admission levels, leading City to return 912 unsold tickets – much to the delight of the […]

ARSENAL v MAN CITY - City seek win to crack history

Manchester City return to the scene of last season’s darkest hour, facing an even worse scenario than their Easter Sunday loss at the Emirates in April 2012. A 1-0 defeat saw City drop eight points behind their hated rivals at the top of the Premier League with just six games to go. It was a bitter irony that on a day of profound religious symbolism, far from being resurrected, Mancini’s […]

MAN CITY 3 WATFORD 0 - City's sting hurts Hornets

Previously misfiring Manchester City have well and truly released the safety catch, with a focused ‘shoot-on-sight’ policy and 10 goal haul in their last three outings. Championship promotion contenders Watford became the latest side to witness the return of City’s ferocious firepower in a one-sided FA Cup tie that could easily have seen City double the winning margin. As welcome as it is to see the goal flow, Roberto Mancini […]

MAN CITY v WATFORD - Spats and splits as City hit Cup trail

The prodigal son has survived yet another spat with the guiding light in his career…thus Mario Balotelli has every chance of playing for ManchesterCity as they begin their FA Cup quest. Schizophrenic Mario – ‘Mad’ or ‘Super’ depending on your perspective – literally got to grips with Roberto Mancini in training, much to the delight of the praying mantis paparazzi, who delight in presenting City in the worst possible light […]

MAN CITY 3 STOKE CITY 0 - Happy 'Blue' Year

If a marauding Manchester City have started 2013 as they mean to go on, then it could yet be a Happy Blue Year and a rotten red one in the Mancunian race for the Premier League title. This was a performance in keeping with City’s champion status as Aguero, Dzeko & Co made a mockery of Stoke’s claim to being the stingiest defence in the division. Roberto Mancini’s side systematically […]

MAN CITY v STOKE CITY - Bah Humbug - Mancini's men giving nothing away

References to Ebeneezer Scrooge are more readily associated with Christmas than New Year celebrations, but January 1st sees two of the Premier League’s meanest defences go head to head. Manchester City, under the tutelage of Roberto Mancini, have cultivated a defence tighter than comedian Jimmy Carr’s tax advisors over the past two seasons, enabling Joe Hart to win back-to-back ‘Golden Glove’ Awards for keeping the most ‘clean sheets’. With three goals conceded […]

NORWICH 3 MAN CITY 4 - Canary roast

Norwich City have Delia Smith, gourmet cook extraordinaire, whereas Manchester City have Edin Dzeko, ‘PaxoMan’,who just loves stuffing the opposition. Renowned for hitting late winners, Dzeko turned early bird, ruffling Canary feathers with two goals in four minutes, setting City up for this most vital of victories. Had it not been for the jerk of a referee Mike Jones and the petulance of Samir Nasri, Roberto Mancini’s men could easily […]

NORWICH CITY v MAN CITY - Are City made of the right stuff?

If stuffed canary is off the menu at Carrow Road it really will turn into a Christmas most ‘fowl’ for Roberto Mancini’s ManchesterCity. Any failure to gobble up three precious points against NorwichCitycould see City emerge as lame ducks in the Premier League title race and looking like prize turkeys – all trussed up and nowhere to go. If ever City needed to recapture the form of last season, now […]

SUNDERLAND 1 MAN CITY 0 - Lights dim on City's title tilt

Manchester City were about as bright as a 15 watt bulb as they dipped in the defence of their Premier League crown at the Stadium of Light. City were widely expected to be basking in the glow of their fifth away win of the season at Sunderland today – instead their title hopes are flickering like dodgy Christmas illuminations.   Dim and dismal, this was a dark chapter in City’s […]

SUNDERLAND v MAN CITY - City in search of festive glow

For decades the term ‘Typical City’ was a dismissive derisory description of the blue side of Manchester. City were experts at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and as former playing legend, and later controversial chairman, Franny Lee once opined “If there was a cup for cock-ups, City would win it every time…” Not so nowadays, where self belief and an indefatigable drive to win typifies the character of […]

MAN CITY 1 READING 0 - City's 'Team GB' grab late gold

Manchester City’s very own ‘Team GB’ burned as bright as the Olympic flame as the Premier League champions summoned up a last minute hurrah to get over the line at the Etihad Stadium. Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis are all sporting icons after their Olympian heroics, but the City faithful are hailing their own cherished ‘GB’ – the unassuming Gareth Barry – after his herculean efforts grabbed all […]