Let’s be Frank! – Hull City v Man City

Arsene’s whinging and Maureen’s continuing to moan about Manchester City, so it’s nice to confirm that Hypocrites United are still ever fearful of the Champions of England.

Speaking of United, dear old Sir Baconface only started being ‘nice’ to Whinger when he perceived Arsenal were no longer a threat, so God forbid Arsenic and Moanrinho are ever overly pleasant about Pellegrini.

Pressing matters - Manuel addresses the media at his Friday press conference - no mention of Wenger or Mourinho. Courtesy@MCFC

Pressing matters – Manuel addresses the media at his Friday press conference – no mention of Wenger or Mourinho. Courtesy@MCFC

You have to love the idiocy of Wenger’s press conferences when the subject of City crops up – as it does just about every week. He comes out with utter claptrap before adding the caveat ‘…but I don’t really know.’

It’s almost as good as Wenger’s catchphrase of the last decade: “I didn’t see…”

The Frenchman is now querying the validity of Frank Lampard’s loan to City from New York City, asking whether it is ‘legal’?

Super Frankie - Arsenic Wenger wants to know if it's illegal for Lamps to be playing for City Courtesy@MCFC

Super Frankie – Arsenic Wenger wants to know if it’s illegal for Lamps to be playing for City Courtesy@MCFC

Rest easy Arsene, it’s as legal as Thierry Henry returning to Arsenal from the New York Red Bulls…twice!

As for the Portuguese Pout he held court talking about not talking about Manuel – err, yes Jose that makes a lot of sense.

It seems both the London-based rivals object to Lamps spending quality time with City, earning rave reviews and ‘doing the business’.

Class act - Demichelis is a cult figure with the City faithful. Courtesy@MCFC

Class act – Demichelis is a cult figure with the City faithful. Courtesy@MCFC

‘Super Frankie Lampard’ has suddenly emerged as a bit of a diamond geezer and you could be forgiven for wondering if Arsenal and Chelsea have a bit of the old green eye.

He’s the man-of-the-moment, but last season’s away trip to Hull saw the re-emergence of another veteran star.

Martin Demichelis came of age in City sky blue after Vincent Kompany was dismissed just 10 minutes into the match.

No codding - Vinny was given his marching orders at Hull last season after a fishy decision by ref Lee Mason. Courtesy @MCFC

No codding – Vinny was given his marching orders at Hull last season after a fishy decision by ref Lee Mason. Courtesy @MCFC

City were coming off back-to-back FA Cup and Champion’s League exits and Kompany’s sending off looked like the death knell of the club’s bid to win a second title in just three seasons.

Quite how ‘Demi’ seemingly ‘morphed’ into a super warrior remains a mystery, but he provided a defensive platform for the 2-0 win and has never looked back.

The irony is that having demonstrated his undoubted class, truly earned his Premier League medal and been unlucky to lose out in a World Cup Final, the likeable Argentine may find himself behind new sensation Eliaquim Mangala in Pellegrini’s pecking order.

Merlin magic - sealed with a kiss, David Silva was City's orchestra leader in the 2-0 win at Hull last season. Courtesy @MCFC

Merlin magic – sealed with a kiss, David Silva was City’s orchestra leader in the 2-0 win at Hull last season. Courtesy @MCFC

It’s a wonderful defensive dilemma for City and is indicative of the strength in depth of this season’s squad.

Key defensive midfielder Fernando will miss his fifth straight game at Hull. Nobody should under estimate his worth to the team. The £12m buy from Porto provides a formidable shield in front of the backline.

Had he not limped off in the 38th minute against Stoke there’s every chance City would not have lost the game. A draw and a defeat at Arsenal and Bayern Munich could so easily have been a win and a draw had the Brazilian been playing.

Jesus Frank! Navas and Lamps are in fine form. Courtesy@MCFC

Jesus Frank! Navas and Lamps are in fine form. Courtesy@MCFC

Similarly, Stevan Jovetic misses his fifth game, and this at a time when City only have three recognised senior strikers. Samir Nasri will again be absent as he faces up to surgery on his groin strain and a month on the sidelines. Better news comes with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta all returning today.

On present form, James Milner would surely have had the nod ahead of Nasri. The extended run of First XI starts that he craves is now within his grasp. Hopefully it will encourage him to sign his new contract sooner rather than later.

Milner has certainly struck up a great playing partnership with new boy Frank, and who knows how far Lampard’s growing influence and ‘happy factor’ will go during his stay.

Having annihilated Sheffield’s finest, City go up a class in Yorkshire football. Hull look increasingly comfortable in the top flight, but if City are to retain their title, these are the games where points cannot and should not be dropped.

Outstanding - James Milner is showing Pellegrini what he can bring to the team. Now let's get that contract signed! Courtesy @MCFC

Outstanding – James Milner is showing Pellegrini what he can bring to the team. Now let’s get that contract signed! Courtesy @MCFC

City were the better team against Chelsea and almost prevailed in the face of adversity, but the prospect of a seven or eight point deficit opening behind the league leaders remains one bad result away.

Pellegrini might be tempted to have next Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Roma on his mind as he heads for Hull.

A home loss to the Italians would be catastrophic, but surely there’s never been a better time to actually adhere to the cliché of all football clichés, and literally take it one game at a time?

City have the talent, depth and durability to take six points in four days and start building real momentum. Results against Arsenal, Bayern and Chelsea didn’t adequately reflect the performance levels.

Zab's back - Pablo returns against the Tigers. Courtesy@MCFC

Zab’s back – Pablo returns against the Tigers. Courtesy@MCFC

Eight points from their first five games is City’s poorest opening to a season since, would you believe, 2006? Three league games without a win is the worst run for 19 months…but looks can be deceptive.

City, have had their fair share of injuries, but unlike some they don’t bleat on about it like some Gaalactico outfits.

True, they have still to hit their full stride pattern, but the World Cup hangover should now be flushed through the system and Pellegrini can plot City’s gradual ascendancy back to the top of the league.

Carry on Laughing - Sergio could be showing what he thinks of Wenger and Mourinho...we can't be sure! Courtesy@MCFC

Carry on Laughing – Sergio could be showing what he thinks of Wenger and Mourinho…we can’t be sure! Courtesy@MCFC

In the meantime it will be Manuel who has the last laugh if Whinger and Maureen ‘Carry on Complaining.’ One wonders if Pellegrini could engineer a Sid James – like chuckle at his detractors…perhaps not!



By David Walker

Dedicated to a lady who served Manchester City with great distinction, loyalty, empathy and compassion – Lorraine Firth – who celebrates her birthday today. Let’s hope it’s a ‘hullava’ great day 😉 Happy Birthday Loz.

 www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu


  1. September 26, 2014  11:30 pm by Fifthcolumnblue Reply

    Turns out Nasri has been nursing a groin injury and will be undergoing surgery which will keep him out for a month, thus explaining his recent sub-par performances.

    Oh, and isn't it interesting to note that Vinegar-Tits chose to mention City a mere 3 days after his team went out of yet another cup competition> Good way to distract the North London Bitters by diverting attention onto their favourite pet hate!

    • September 26, 2014  11:39 pm by David Walker Reply

      Arsenic Whinger - poison every goddam week against City BUT he loses whatever credibility he has every time he has a moan at us. I wonder if the Arsenal fans would prefer he talk about their team rather than ours? Just a thought ;-)

  2. September 27, 2014  12:54 am by Toby Teasdale Reply


    Haven't you got a home to go to? Seriously though you have put in some hours this week, thank you!

    Last season played the 'Tigers' shortly after losing at home to Chelsea and in a month when we'd been knocked out of the Champions League and the FA cup. The twittering classes had written us off as PL no hopers. Against Hull, MP showed he had got to grips with snot and sweat of football in the basement of the PL.

    Man of the match David Silva scored his first goal in 17 games (I need to check this) in a win that dismayed many pundits who were rooting for Brenda. It was a tough game played for 80 minutes with 10 men. To quote Patton ‘It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads which achieves the victory’.

    Apart from a minor blip at Anfield, we remained undefeated for the rest of the season. It we could repeat that we would probably land the 'Quadruple'.

    • September 27, 2014  1:16 am by David Walker Reply

      Prospects of the Quad eh TT? I'm not greedy, I'll 'settle' for a treble as long as one of the pots is accompanied with the title 'Champions'. Hell, I'd even make do with a double if it had Champions x 2 accompany it.

  3. September 27, 2014  6:43 am by by Reply

    David plz tell me.why is it that pple love to hate us. why is that they love to see only our down fall. I know that if Frank was not performing well now, I know whining arsenic and others won't say anything. but now look at d press. I hate this

    • September 27, 2014  8:13 am by David Walker Reply

      It seems that everybody hates a winner, especially if they've had the good fortune that came our way on August 31st, 2008. It boils down to jealousy and the fact that many in the media have their own, barely concealed, tribal allegiances to the likes of United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs. City were never supposed to be among the elite and a lot of people cannot take it. Personally I'd rather City be successful and hated than perrenial losers and pitied.

  4. September 27, 2014  10:43 am by JoshCannon99 Reply

    Nicely written, David. Thanks.

    Realistically, games like Hull away should not be places where we drop points - Lee Mason tried to do that last year and even that couldn't stop us.

    We have more than enough in our squad to cope - even with the injuries we've got right now.

    Don't think it will be easy, but I think we should come away with a relatively comfortable win.

    • September 27, 2014  11:17 am by David Walker Reply

      Agreed JC - I don't who will be Hull's 12th man today - Mason, Dean Clattenburg, Foy, Friend, Jones, Dowd etc they're all pants!

      • September 27, 2014  11:35 am by JoshCannon99 Reply

        Could be all of them, you never know. Lol.

  5. September 27, 2014  11:11 am by Andy Devereux Reply

    Hahahaha!!! That's the only response to Whinger and Moanrinho....idiots both!! Think the result last week in adversity will be the kickstart to our season.

    • September 27, 2014  11:15 am by David Walker Reply

      I think so as well #TrustOurMP to win another title this season ;-)

  6. September 27, 2014  11:42 am by Stuart Reed Reply

    City - without a win in four - so the press went prior to the Sheffield match. Forgetting that they could've sneaked a draw at Munich & were the better team in both Arse & Chelsea matches. So what now? One win in five?
    Weird one - obviously I never want an injured player but the Nasri injury does explain his below par performances & comes at the most convenient time given Milner's fabulous performances of late. This'll hopefully give him the extended run he wants. Always liked him & his signature sooner rather than later will be most welcome.
    Good to see that Maureen is rattled by MP - Let's kill another referee before he kills us!

    • September 27, 2014  7:13 pm by David Walker Reply

      Obviously one should never condone unlawful killing but if we were to 'take out' a couple...of dozen PL referees that'd be okay wouldn't it? ;-) We might, might, be about to unleash a run that will take us back to the top.

  7. September 27, 2014  12:43 pm by guy Burke Reply

    Yes , as previously mentioned the best way to shut up arsenic and Maureen is for City to win and win convincingly!! 3 winnable matches coming before yet another pointless international break, Manuels use of the squad will be the difference between success and failure in these 3 games and the rest of the season no doubt

    • September 27, 2014  2:27 pm by David Walker Reply

      Well MP is certainly using his squad as Willy gets the nod over Joe today!

  8. September 27, 2014  2:20 pm by Graham Ward Reply

    This could be a tough one, but I think we've got enough about us to get the three points today. Slightly surprised by Caballero starting, but the word is that this was a decision taken by MP earlier in the week, and would have been made regardless of Hart's form. We'll see.

    • September 27, 2014  2:28 pm by David Walker Reply

      Presumably Joe back against Roma - if not it gets very interesting!

  9. September 27, 2014  5:36 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Apologizes for the lateness of this post Dave. A great result for us apart from a few nerves at 2-2. We will never stop the moaners if its not Wenger the school teacher its saint Brenden of the shine teeth, or the Portuguese whinger. Best to keep on getting up there noses if they keep whinging we know its because there not happy cos City are winning. Sir Frank Lampard has a nice ring about it defiantly. Sorry nearly forgot top read again Dave. #Davidthemanwhoneversleeps.

    • September 27, 2014  7:17 pm by David Walker Reply

      You'll never be 'milk monitor' or get to take the class gerbil home at weekends if you keep posting late! ;-) You're actually a man ahead of your time - the match report comes later when i'm back in post! Cheers Doug, good win in the end. Your hashtag is not far wide of the mark - need my beauty sleep - it might explain why I'm such an ugly tw*t ;-)

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