Sky blue delight at reds at night – HULL CITY 0 MAN CITY 2

Manchester City came roaring back into Premier League title contention with a gutsy 2-0 win on a day that few could have imagined would ever dawn.

Not only did City start to bridge the yawning points chasm between themselves and Chelsea, they, like the rest of the football world, were rendered gobsmacked by five words from the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ when Jose muttered: ‘I prefer not to speak!’

Silva service - sealed with a kiss David was sublime.  Courtesy @MCFC

Silva service – sealed with a kiss David was sublime. Courtesy @MCFC

Well just about every sky blue wearing man, woman, child and family pet would endorse Maureen on that one, so please shut the wotsit up!

Of course it won’t last but the silence is golden as the snide sneer from Setubal sulks following Chelsea’s red sky at night shock defeat at Villa Park.

Blue was most definitely the colour at the start of yesterday as City kicked off the lunchtime fixture at Hull City, to be followed by Chelsea in the early evening match away to Aston Villa.

Bad Kompany - Calamity struck as Captain Fantastic was sent off by moronic Lee Mason. Courtesy @MCFC

Bad Kompany – Calamity struck as Captain Fantastic was sent off by moronic Lee Mason. Courtesy @MCFC

How ironic then that red should figure so prominently in the fortunes – or misfortunes – of the blue protagonists vying for the crown of Champions of England.

With just nine minutes and 36 seconds played at the KC stadium, City’s already calamitous week was plunged into greater turmoil when Captain Fantastic Vincent Kompany was sent off.

As the lamentable Lee Mason – one of the Premier League’s most inept referees – flashed red at the Belgian Boulder, few could have envisaged that this was to be a day of redemption for some of City’s most maligned players and a day of Manchester merriment.

Back on track - City's PL title challenge received a double boost yesterday. Courtesy @MCFC

Back on track – City’s PL title challenge received a double boost yesterday. Courtesy @MCFC

True, Kompany was the last defender when he bundled Nikica Jelavic to the ground, but City’s skipper had himself been fouled seconds before he turned from victim to perpetrator.

Of course, moronic Mason missed, or chose not to see that element, and City were down to 10 men with 10 minutes gone.

The ensuing 85 minutes may yet define City’s season, with a David Silva masterclass showing why he must be a contender for Footballer of the Year and not just City’s Player of the Year.

Silva strike - Merlin's magical goal set City on the road to victory. Courtesy @MCFC

Silva strike – Merlin’s magical goal set City on the road to victory. Courtesy @MCFC

Silva was sublime, virtually unplayable and his virtuoso performance was ably backed by his team mates as they handsomely overcame their one-man handicap.

The Spanish wizard blunted Hull’s hunger for the fight with a superb strike, four minutes after Kompany’s unseemly departure.

Well crafted build up play involving Zabaleta and stand-in skipper Yaya Toure, saw the ball shift to Silva who set himself from 25 yards to curl home a simply gorgeous goal.

Simply the best - David Silva has to be a strong candidate for Footballer of the Year recognition. Courtesy @MCFC

Simply the best – David Silva has to be a strong candidate for Footballer of the Year recognition. Courtesy @MCFC

His celebration – one of conviction and defiance – set the tone for his team mates. This was not going to be the day that City would let their chance of a third major trophy slip away.

Yaya assistance - Toure was not at his best, but still set up Silva's goal.  Courtesy @MCFC

Yaya assistance – Toure was not at his best, but still set up Silva’s goal. Courtesy @MCFC

Manuel Pellegrini stayed calm and didn’t rush to rash substitutions as Javi Garcia dropped into central defence with Martin Demichelis. Normally such a pairing would have given City fans panic attacks and palpitations.

Not so on this occasion, as they combined with the indefatigable Zabaleta and a willing Clichy to keep Hull at bay.

Demichelis – nicknamed Demichaos due to his haphazard performances – seemed to grow in stature and assume command of the backline, once Kompany had gone.

It was as if the veteran Argentine had rediscovered his undoubted skills and confidence of his heyday. Whatever it was, the man with the distinctive hairstyle was no longer ‘pony & trap’.

Ministry of Defence - City kept a clean sheet with Demichelis & Garcia impressing. Courtesy @MCFC

Ministry of Defence – City kept a clean sheet with Demichelis & Garcia impressing. Courtesy @MCFC

Garcia had set out on his personal road to redemption a few weeks ago, winning over the doubting City fans with some stirring displays as a no nonsense holding midfielder.

Thrust into the problematic emergency centre back role, his new found confidence served him and the team admirably.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, City took the game to the home side and Zaba was centimetres away from his first City goal since January 2013.

Redeemed - Javi Garcia is now an asset rather than a liability for City. Courtesy @MCFC

Redeemed – Javi Garcia is now an asset rather than a liability for City. Courtesy @MCFC

The marauding right back crashed a 20 yard thunderbolt off the underside of the bar, only to see it bounce agonisingly on the line with McGregor beaten all ends up.

Alas, Hawkeye did its job and it remained 1-0.

It should have been 10 (no, not that song!) against 10, when Hull’s Egyptian midfielder Elmohamady assaulted Silva with a vicious studs-up ‘leg breaker’ of a challenge.

Outrageously, muppet Mason showed him a yellow card and not red.

With City settled into a stoical defensive formation and looking dangerous on the counter attack, it was Hull’s inability to spring the sky blues’ well drilled offside trap which was their undoing.

City joy - Zaba, Silva and Freddie celebrate. Courtesy @MCFC

City joy – Zaba, Silva and Freddie celebrate. Courtesy @MCFC

Time after time Jelavic, Long, Meyler, Livermore & Co were left stranded, often at the same time.

Lively home substitute, George Boyd, came the closest to success only to produce two shameful episodes that bear closer post match scrutiny.

The cheating Scottish international produced a blatant dive for a penalty attempt, provoking a furious reaction from Joe Hart. An incensed Joe, squared up to the idiotic bandanna wearing Boyd and the scutty Scot appeared to spit at the England keeper.

Towering Trio - Javi, Joe and Martin made sure City kept a clean sheet. Courtesy @MCFC

Towering Trio – Javi, Joe and Martin made sure City kept a clean sheet. Courtesy @MCFC

Mason surpassed himself once again…booking Hart and Boyd walked away unpunished, but hopefully his name tarnished and reputation sullied.

Some astute City substitutions, Navas for Nasri, Lescott for Yaya and in the dying seconds, Kolarov for Silva helped preserve the win.

Silva’s last contribution was an exquisitely weighted through ball in the 90th minute allowing Edin Dzeko to slam the ball home to seal the victory.

Edin home with 3 points - Dzeko celebrates his goal and City's 2-0 win. Courtesy @MCFC

Edin home with 3 points – Dzeko celebrates his goal and City’s 2-0 win. Courtesy @MCFC

Moments earlier, the Bosnian striker had fluffed his lines with a heavy first touch and a poor shot at goal when set clear, but on this day of redemption, he notched his 18th goal of the season.

What had looked like a nightmare had been transformed into a dream 2-0 win and, if the lunchtime offering wasn’t satisfying enough, the early evening menu was sensational.

Aston Villa’s unexpected win 1-0 win over Chelsea means City are now just six points behind but with three games in hand. Willian and Ramires were shown red cards, the latter for horrendous violent play, and motormouth Mourinho was also sent to the stand.

Tough week - Pellegrini is back on track for the PL title. Courtesy @MCFC

Tough week – Pellegrini is back on track for the PL title. Courtesy @MCFC

The prospect of Pellegrini winning the Premier League in his debut season and seeing off his nauseating nemesis Maureen, are so much brighter today after an arduous week of double disappointment.

City are 990 minutes away from their greatest ever season, and with no cup competition distractions the woes of Wigan and Barcelona could yet turn into blessings, albeit heavily disguised blessings.

#TrustOurMP

By David Walker

www.readbutneverred.com

@djwskyblu

 

 

18 Comments

  1. March 16, 2014  11:26 am by Mole Rocks Reply

    I think this victory has given everyone a much needed boost.

    Every player contributed and Silva's performance was the icing on the cake.

    The team can concentrate on catching up on the missed fixtures, if we do get our noses in front, let's hope we can pull away.

    Still lots of twists and turns I'm sure, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

    Come on City!

    • March 16, 2014  2:11 pm by David Walker Reply

      Wouldn't have it any other way? I bloody would - can we win it with 2 games to spare please?

  2. March 16, 2014  11:39 am by Gil Riley Reply

    David, fantastic read! But how long is Vinnie suspended for? I thought 1 game (ie Fulham) but Tony Cascading on TalkShite this morning said 3.

    • March 21, 2014  9:28 am by David Walker Reply

      You're so right - Talkshyte - just the 1 game thankfully.

  3. March 16, 2014  11:55 am by Graham Ward Reply

    Given the circumstances, our best performance and result of the season? It must be up there, for sure.
    Silva was outstanding, and credit to the in game emergency central defensive partnership of Garcia and 'Demichaos' *Like* ;-)
    A huge bonus with the events at Villa Park, more of the same, or a couple of draws would do very nicely!

    • March 16, 2014  2:33 pm by David Walker Reply

      Certainly an outstanding performance.

  4. March 16, 2014  1:01 pm by John Evans TT Reply

    Davie,

    An excellent piece, which says it all. Now watch the mind games move to fever pitch, and not just Maureen's.

    There's a particularly spiteful column in todays Sunday Times by the malevolent Hugh McIlvanney OBE. According to 'the voice of spite', Manchester City are delusionary, self satisfied, self congratulatory, flawed, inadequate, clownish, braggarts, under-achievers (several times!), devoid of achievement. All in under 500 words! He also manages to 'Big' United's EPL win last year whilst belittling our the last minute victory over QPR.

    The Malignant old fart is typical of the Anti-Arab cabal who control most of the British press. He is a true RAG-a-muffin, co-writer of Ferguson's 'Managing My Life'. Which unsurprisingly the Sunday Times considered "Brilliant, 'the best sporting biography I have ever read.

    • March 16, 2014  2:32 pm by David Walker Reply

      OBE - Other Bugger's Efforts! Says it all...#redscum

  5. March 16, 2014  2:51 pm by Douglas Henshaw Reply

    Brilliant read Dave & so accurate. It was a great performance by the team to be down to 10 for 80 min & win 2-0 is just fantastic. Don't know what Vinny was thinking of but sometimes these things happen.David Silva was brilliant why he doesn't he shoot more often. I have been one of Demichelis biggest critics (see even used his proper name ) but he alongside Garcia stood tall against Hull they were just brilliant. It seems MP is going to keep on picking him regardless so maybe its time people like me got of his back i just hope he has stopped all the reckless tackling. Chelsea losing was the icing on the cake. As i write rags are losing to Liverpool it would be nice for Liverpool to lose but its even nicer to see rags getting beat. If were going to win title lets do it off are own backs.

    • March 16, 2014  3:03 pm by David Walker Reply

      Totally endorse all your sentiments Doug - thanks.

  6. March 16, 2014  5:05 pm by Ian Reply

    Great day beautifully detailed in your article Dave, we need to engender the #Together spirit and go on a power house run. Let them all throw their spite and bile at us let it make us stronger and more determined.

    • March 16, 2014  9:17 pm by David Walker Reply

      11/11 and it's all ours #MCFCPLCHAMPIONS2014

  7. March 16, 2014  5:30 pm by Richard Cooper Reply

    Super show by the ten men - Silva and Garcia superb and the other 8 not far behind

  8. March 16, 2014  9:01 pm by John Evans TT Reply

    I have always loved a good dribbler but it is outrageous to suggest Hart was about to give spit the dog a 'Glasgow Kiss'.

    Joe was clearly wiping off the spittle onto Boyd's Alice band..

    • March 16, 2014  9:18 pm by David Walker Reply

      What a horrible little man George Boyd appears to be. It takes a lot to get Joe riled.

  9. March 17, 2014  1:36 am by Simon Wilson Reply

    Perfect weekend. City continue. Jose into the stands. Rooney has one of the worst days of his career. Wasn't that the 1-6? Oops, that was Sir Alex. Never mind.

    • March 17, 2014  9:37 am by David Walker Reply

      It all helps - just hope the FA don't try to screw us over on Vinnie - he should never has been sent off in the first place.

  10. March 21, 2014  8:10 am by Fifthcolumnblue Reply

    That truly was a performance worthy of champions. Here's hoping we've a stronger referee when Suarez and Sturridge are doing their Boyd impressions in front of the Kop...

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