Why are City always the villains? Aston Villa 0 Man City 2

When Sir Baconface’s bunch used to score late goals to win with monotonous regularity, the Manure-fawning media told us it was ‘The United way’ – it was in the Swamp-dwellers DNA.

When Moanrinho’s lot dominate a game, dictate the play, sometimes park the bus but emerge victorious, it’s a testimony to Maureen’s tactical genius and Chelsea’s patience and professionalism.

Game over - Sergio celebrates at 2-0. Courtesy@MCFC

Game over – Sergio celebrates at 2-0. Courtesy@MCFC

When Manchester City bag a brace of beauties, have 68% possession, 27 goal attempts, seven times more shots on target than their opponents and hit the post twice, it’s a ‘…performance full of mistakes and too many errors.’

You really couldn’t make it up!

It would be hysterically funny were it not so cynically biased.

The comments, following City’s fine 2-0 away win at Aston Villa, came from former England & Newcastle striker, Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s all-time highest scorer.

Against all odds - Manuel and his team don't get the credit they deserve. Courtesy@MCFC

Against all odds – Manuel and his team don’t get the credit they deserve. Courtesy@MCFC

Surely then an opinion to be respected, after all he speaks as a representative of that bastion of unbiased commentary – the British Broadcasting Corporation – and its flagship Match of The Day.

Shearer, once described by his then Newcastle Chairman, Freddie Shepherd as ‘Mary Poppins’, might benefit from a spoonful of sugar to rid him of his bitterness towards the Champions of England.

Shearer veritably bristled with indignation when his own employers produced statistics for the most prolific Premier League scoring ratios, based on minutes played to goals scored.

Thwarted - Sergio is the most efficient Premier League scorer of all time. Courtesy@MCFC

Thwarted – Sergio is the most efficient Premier League scorer of all time. Courtesy@MCFC

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero topped the chart with a goal for every 114 minutes played…and where did the all-conquering Shearer figure? He didn’t make it onto the caption.

Sanctimonious Shearer said of City: “I think they (City) thought they just had to turn up and they’d win – but that doesn’t happen in the Premier League.”

No shit – Alan thanks for your expert insight, we’d never have known that a team actually has to earn the win – and City did earn the three points.

Only last week fellow MOTD pundit Robbie Savage, who nowadays likes nothing more than making snide comments about City – ever since the club sacked his ex-Leicester City team mate, Roberto Mancini – was urging Joe Hart to leave the Etihad to ‘save his England career’.

Calling card - AK47 copped for the only yellow card of the game. Courtesy@MCFC

Calling card – AK47 copped for the only yellow card of the game. Courtesy@MCFC

In fairness the BBC are far from alone in their lop-sided take on all City matters. ITV have taken to allowing a Ginger Whinger to ‘entertain’ the nation with his insight and analysis on the Etihad outfit.

Paul Scholes is too thick to conceal his unbridled hatred of all things sky blue, whereas, ITV’s ‘top’ (in the loosest sense of the word) commentator, Clive ‘The Red’ Tyldesley, never misses a chance to have a dig.

BT Sport’s pride and joy Michael Monotone Drone Owen – the consummate broadcasting professional – so much so, he calls City ‘United’ at least twice every game, is an Uber Tw*t and don’t even get me started on Sky’s Right Dork, Dwight not-so-bright Yorke.

Remarkably, Gary Neville, the man you’d think least likely to be objective about Citeh, HAS made a successful switch from the pitch to the commentary booth.

Match winner - Yaya's 82nd minute strike knocked the stuffing out of Villa. Courtesy@MCFC

Match winner – Yaya’s 82nd minute strike knocked the stuffing out of Villa. Courtesy@MCFC

Tactically savvy, he genuinely informs and educates Sky viewers. I’d go so far as saying if England’s next coach needs to be an Englishman, then the once reptilian Manure right back is the man for the job. He still detests City but doesn’t let it stop him doing his job.

Speaking of pundits and inarticulate, ex-pond life pundits in particular, let’s get back to Villa Park and City’s third win on the road, and the preservation of their unbeaten away record this season.

Roy Keane – once of the the Theatre of Screams, more latterly ITV and now masquerading as Gandalf’s stunt double in the Lord of the Rings – was present as Villa manager Paul Lambert’s number two – take that whichever way you wish.

Well organised, disciplined and resolute, Villa put up a stoical defence against Manuel Pellegrini’s men. However, for Lambert to say the 2-0 score line wasn’t a fair reflection of the game is wide open to interpretation.

Keano? - City's travelling fans think they spotted this chap on the Aston Villa bench.

Keano? – City’s travelling fans think they spotted this chap on the Aston Villa bench.

Having seen shots from Aleksander Kolarov and Sergio Aguero hit the post, as well as Villa keeper Brad Guzan make some fine stops, did he mean it should have been 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 to the visitors?

Of course he didn’t. He was only doing his job, promoting his team’s tireless efforts which, in truth, could have snatched a goal on a couple of counter attacks.

The fact is Joe Hart was called upon to make one save in the match – and he did so brilliantly.

Not a winning post - Sergio strikes the Villa woodwork. Courtesy@MCFC

Not a winning post – Sergio strikes the Villa woodwork. Courtesy@MCFC

Kieran Richardson came close in the 48th minute, seconds after Aguero’s shot hit Guzan’s post at the other end, but Hart snuffed out the threat.

To imply City were not worthy winners at Villa Park is absurd. The same applies to their overall achievements in recent times.

That is precisely what so many broadcasters and newspapers do in this country but, in the words of one of the less refined ditties in the City supporters’ song book, ‘…we don’t give a f*ck because we’re all p@ssed up…’ etc.

Big hit - the City fans have taken Frankie to their hearts. Courtesy@MCFC

Big hit – the City fans have taken Frankie to their hearts. Courtesy@MCFC

In truth we’re not all inebriated, but Manchester City FC and all those who care about it’s well being, now take it as the norm that City are disliked/ hated by sections of the press and the all pervading morons of Sky Sports, BT, the Beeb and last, but not least, TalkShyte.

Undeterred, Manuel Pellegrini lets his team do the talking on the pitch, City accelerate the delivery of off-field commercial success, stuff it up the fundament of football’s corrupt governing bodies and continue to repay the faith, investment and vision of Sheikh Mansour.

Job done - Vinny and Jimmy salute the City fans. Courtesy@MCFC

Job done – Vinny and Jimmy salute the City fans. Courtesy@MCFC

Last night, Yaya Toure stepped up to the plate in the 82nd minute with a show of brilliance, effectively winning the match.

What had been the norm last season was suddenly and joyfully back on the radar, as the Ivorian colossus curved a cultured strike beyond a mass of Villa defenders and Guzan’s despairing dive.

It was nothing more than City deserved but, nonetheless cruel on Villa, for whom Nathan Baker had an outstanding game. It was, however, all a bit too much for the home support in the North Stand who threatened violence towards their Mancunian counterparts – whatever next?

Six minutes later a scintillating strike from Sergio sealed the deal with yet another Milner assist.

Combative - Dino went off with a hamstring injury. Courtesy@MCFC

Combative – Dino went off with a hamstring injury. Courtesy@MCFC

Along the way City lost Fernandinho to a suspected hamstring injury, paving the way for Super Frankie to appear. Lampard seems to be enjoying his time at City, almost as much as the fans are relishing having him.

Pellegrini rang the tactical changes just after the hour when Fernando made a very welcome return as City’s holding midfielder.

Calling the shots - Pellegrini wants to retain the Premier League title. Courtesy@MCFC

Calling the shots – Pellegrini wants to retain the Premier League title. Courtesy@MCFC

It’s difficult to gauge the damage he could have prevented had he been available for the two Champions League fixtures and the domestic tussles with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Silva was his usual imperious self in a very capable team performance, one which augurs well if Pellegrini’s international corps remain unscathed after national service.

Yes yes Yaya - Toure celebrates his brilliant goal. Courtesy@MCFC

Yes yes Yaya – Toure celebrates his brilliant goal. Courtesy@MCFC

They’ll return to a hectic schedule of four matches in three different competitions in 11 days. All are eminently winnable and, if City take the spoils, then the praise will surely follow from Her Majesty’s Media.

On second thoughts we shouldn’t hold our breath, otherwise we’ll end up as blue as the moon which continues to rise in Manchester.

#TrustOurMP

By David Walker

www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu

 COMPETITION WINNER

 READ BUT NEVER RED PARTNERED UP WITH CITY’S SHIRT SPONSOR ETIHAD AIRWAYS www.etihad.com @EtihadAirways TO GIVE AWAY A BOXED MCFC HOME SHIRT.

A special one-off T-shirt was made featuring the names and countries of Manuel Pellegrini’s cosmopolitan squad – all you had to do was identify how many INDIVIDUAL names AND COUNTRIES were on the shirt?

Number's game - the Etihad Airways commissioned T-shirt featured 27 player's names and 12 countries.

Number’s game – the Etihad Airways commissioned T-shirt featured 27 player’s names and 12 countries.

The answer, as supplied to us by DigitasLBi, on behalf of Etihad Airways, was 27 players and 12 countries.

We received dozens of entries via Twitter, Facebook and the comments section of the website and the winning entry – drawn at random – is David Kelly, a lifelong City fan from Leicester. Congratulations David.

Thank you to everyone who entered and keep a lookout for another great competition MCFC competition in the near future.

 

 

 

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