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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 […]

MAN CITY v READING - City ready to unwrap Reading presents

Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero could be forgiven for thinking Christmas has come early when Reading roll up at the Etihad this afternoon. The PL newcomers have conceded the most goals in the division (36) at a rate of more than two per match, and City’s boys from Argentina are looking to fill their boots, if not their Christmas stockings, today. It’s the season for giving and Brian McDermott’s men […]

NEWCASTLE UTD 1 MAN CITY 3 - 1,2,3 City's win is elementary

Essentially football is a numbers game – the number of points, goals scored, goals conceded and, there’s a somewhat suspect algorithm that could ultimately add up to Premier League success for Manchester City. It goes like this: 16 + 32 = 100% ÷13. If, by the end of the season, that equation has changed to 16 +32 =100% ÷34 then there’s every chance City’s Argentine strike force will be the […]

NEWCASTLE UTD v MAN CITY - Mancini needs another mouthwatering display

Manchester City’s salvation mission in 2012/13 could commence at the scene of mass Mancunian salivation in 2011/12, when Roberto Mancini’s wounded troops roll into ‘Toon’. The clash, with a struggling Newcastle United is in sharp contrast to the penultimate contest of City’s victorious Premier League campaign, when both teams were the ‘form sides’ in the top flight. Yaya Toure’s unforgettable brace at St James’s Park last May virtually gift wrapped […]

MAN CITY 2 MAN UTD 3 - City bloodied but unbowed

Manchester City’s proud two-year unbeaten Premier League home record came crashing down amid a cauldron of controversy and seething hatred. The fact it fell to the despised Reds from across the Mancunian divide made it all the more detestable and unpalatable, setting the seal on Roberto Mancini’s worst week in charge at the Etihad. But let’s be clear on one thing as the Fergie-fawning headline writers and leech-like pundits prepare […]

MAN CITY v MAN UTD - Italian hitman to take down Scottish OAP

After the historic events of Sunday 13th May 2012, who could have foreseen the return of the rubicund, rancid, bacon rasher impersonator, Alexander Chapman Ferguson to the Etihad Stadium? By his own prophecy, the Glaswegian pensioner should have expired, shuffled off his mortal coil, gone to meet his maker – call it however you wish –  moments before Sergio Aguero’s historic Premier League winning strike. After all, when asked if […]

BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1 MAN CITY 0 - Shifting sands at City?

Manchester City’s Champions League exit is ignominious in the extreme, but City’s owners must not cross the proverbial line in the Abu Dhabi sand where Roberto Mancini is concerned. Yes, it hurts like hell that the champions of England have slithered out of contention in such an insipid fashion, but this is a time for perspective and patience – we’re Manchester City NOT Chelsea. Revered from the terraces, Mancini’s achievements […]