Tags archives: sunderland

Will City be legless on Boxing Day?

If you thought Oscar Pistorius had a flaky defence just take a look at Manchester City’s and it’s easy to see how their legs are going from underneath their Premier League title challenge. City have been held by rock bottom Aston Villa, stuffed by Stoke and outgunned by Arsenal as they’ve dropped 11 out of the last 18 points. Manuel Pellegrini is the proverbial ‘dead man walking’ following Pep Guardiola’s announcement that […]

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 […]

No City Blunderland in Stadium of Fright - Sunderland v Man City

Manchester City might be due a welcome break when it comes to the lifting of football hoodoos in and from the North East of England. Just as Manuel Pellegrini’s champions suggest they are able, ready and more than willing to retain their Premier League title, they lose their influential on-field leader and travel away to their bogiest of bogey sides. Captain Fantastic, Vincent Kompany is ruled out of the annual […]

Running on fumes - MAN CITY 2 SUNDERLAND 2

It was the result neither side wanted. The 2-2 draw was about as welcome as flatulence in a space suit. The stalemate only benefitted those who were not present at the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City’s title hopes were derailed and Sunderland’s Premier League survival bid hit the buffers. Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho could raise a glass to City’s ineptitude, whereas Fulham’s Felix Magath and rookie Norwich manager, Neil […]

MP needs maximum points for Mission Possible! MAN CITY v SUNDERLAND

The game of football was the winner when Manchester City finally overcame Sunderland’s stoical resistance to win the League Cup at Wembley just 45 days ago. The Mackems, having dumped Chelsea and Manchester United out en-route to the Capital One showpiece in the capital city, produced a battling display that warmed the hearts of the invading red and white-striped hordes, who outnumbered their sky blue counterparts. Gus Poyet’s side lost […]

Everyone’s a winner - MAN CITY 3 SUNDERLAND 1 – LEAGUE CUP FINAL 2014

Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City weren’t the only winners to emerge from an enthralling Capital One Cup Final, where the Sky Blues finally overcame Gus Poyet’s spirited Sunderland. The ‘Football Family’ – the national game in this country – hit new heights of sportsmanship and camaraderie in a remarkable show of respect between two of the most passionate sets of supporters in the land. Never before at a match, have I witnessed […]

City prepare to breeze in on double cup glory

It’s an ill wind that could ultimately prove beneficial for Manchester City after last night’s encounter with Sunderland turned into a stormy affair without the flashing of any red or yellow cards. With 100mph winds uprooting City’s classy programme vendor booths and generally wreaking havoc, it was completely the right decision to call off the game. However, as one of many who travelled from long distance I would question the […]

Sticks and stones for Manuel... MAN CITY v SUNDERLAND

Manuel Pellegrini has endured a difficult week as Manchester City have suffered a bombardment of insidious invective spewed forth by the pungent Portuguese snear. I never cease to be amazed at the willing gullibility of a large section of Her Majesty’s Press and the sychophants at Sky Sports News, when the wretch Mourinho spits out his bile. There are certain paragons of journalistic virtue such as Martin Samuel who stand […]

City descend into stinking darkness - SUNDERLAND 1 MAN CITY 0

How the hell do you try and excuse the inexcusable? Manchester City had seen both Chelsea and Spurs falter and knew that either Manchester United or Arsenal – or even both – would suffer some damage before the day was done. All they had to do was beat struggling Sunderland and overcome the darkness that had inexplicably consumed them on three consecutive visits to the Stadium of Light. So City, […]

City need to shine bright - SUNDERLAND v MAN CITY

Manchester City’s shining renaissance of recent years has been bedevilled by one constant source of darkness emanating from the Stadium of Light. Despite a meteoric restoration to the elite ranks of English football, comprising a trio of top three finishes – including a Premier League title – City persist in being dim when it comes to their stand-out bogey fixture – Sunderland away. Roberto Mancini fashioned City into FA Cup […]