MAN CITY 5 WIGAN O – Pellegrini’s predators pound the pie-eaters

They say a week in politics is a long time. Manuel Pellegrini is the ‘sitting’ MP in sky blue Manchester and, on the basis of the last seven days, he’s going to remain so for a long time to come after three landslide victories.

A fully qualified engineer before his election to numerous ‘seats’ in the world of football power, the present incumbent at the Etihad came to prominence based on a manifesto of open, attacking and attractive play.

Pie crushers - City smashed Wigan to pieces on the nightCourtesy @ MCFC

Pie crushers – City smashed Wigan to pieces on the night
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There were some who doubted his credentials after a setback in front of a Welsh Assembly and a tough day on the road campaigning in the Potteries, but they have long since been silenced as an avalanche of ‘goalden’ votes ensued since September 17th.

In that time ‘The Engineer’ has seemingly sorted out any gremlins to achieve a well timed, smooth running, perfectly firing machine that threatens to frighten the life out of the opposition.

Two sets of champions and the FA Cup holders, have all gone into the metaphorical debating chamber with Sheikh Mansour’s elected representative, and all have been chewed up and spat out.

Home debut double - Stevan Jovetic had reasons to celebrateCourtesy @MCFC

Home debut double – Stevan Jovetic had reasons to celebrate
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A dozen goals scored and just one conceded, progress in two cup competitions and the comprehensive annihilation of the outgoing English champions, is evidence aplenty that Pellegrini is adapting wonderfully well to the rigours of the domestic game. He’s already an accomplished performer on the European stage and long may that continue.

His team has systematically destroyed lager makers, manure producers and pie consumers with consummate ease and utter professionalism and every man, woman and child who supports Manchester City is loving it!

This 5-0 battering of the cocky pie eaters – who had the temerity to catch City on a bad day at Wembley in May – was further proof that the Pellegrini product has all the essential ingredients to deliver a cartload of silver in the coming months and years.

Barely 48 hours after smashing the Dark Side into submission, another debt of vengeance was duly served on the not so warrior-like element of Wigan’s sporting offerings.   

Pellegrini’s selection showed 10 changes from the Massacre of Moyes’ Manure – 10 internationals and a ‘poppet’ of a player from Portugal, surely destined for the full international arena.

Boy Wonder - Marcos Lopes is one helluva prospect for CityCourtesy @ MCFC

Boy Wonder – Marcos Lopes is one helluva prospect for City
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It was the appearance – and subsequent performance – of the Brazilian born, but Portuguese passport holding pocket dynamo – Marco Lopes – that perhaps delighted above all.

The youngster from City’s Elite Development Squad symbolises the long-term direction of the club, where talent will be nurtured in-house, complementing the financial muscle to go out and acquire the world’s finest footballers.

On a night where the goals flowed freely, the livewire Lopes was unlucky not to score and add to his debut goal against Watford in last season’s FA Cup run to Wembley – his only other first team appearance to date.

The 17-year old, City’s inaugural Academy Player of the Year last season, saw his first half shot ricochet off the underside of the bar as City poured on the pressure.

He bagged a brace in the UEFA U-21 League in Plzen last week and, make no mistake this young fellow is one for the future – probably the not-too- distant future. A good looking lad, his name will doubtless help a roaring trade in replica shirt sales in due course.

Wigan may boast a pier but they were all at sea from the outset and it was inevitable that when City scored it would signal the opening of the proverbial floodgates…and so it was.

A luscious pass lobbed over the erratic Wigan backline by Fernandinho, was met with great aplomb by Dzeko as his volley eluded valiant debutant keeper Lee Nicholls in the 33rd minute.

The main surprise of the evening was how Wigan survived just one down through to the interval.

It couldn’t last – it didn’t.

Richards' return - Micah was skipper for the nightCourtesy @ MCFC

Richards’ return – Micah was skipper for the night
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With Yaya Toure on as a half time replacement for Fernandinho, City moved through the gears of Pellegrini’s finely tuned opposition-wrecking machine.

The returning Micah Richards – skipper for the night – rampaged down the right flank supplying Stevan Jovetic to score as scruffy a goal as you are ever likely to see. Rather like Yaya’s knee-nudge in the derby – but who cares, they all count.

Speaking of the Ivorian colossus – Yaya – has been transformed back to his best since the return of Vincent Kompany, albeit the Belgian boulder wasn’t on duty in this game.

In what is rapidly becoming a wonderful trademark, Yaya lined up a 25-yard free kick to the left of the opponent’s goal and dispatched it into the net, circa Newcastle and then Hull.

Trademark Yaya - City's Ivorian giant flighted another fantastic free kick goalCourtesy @ MCFC

Trademark Yaya – City’s Ivorian giant flighted another fantastic free kick goal
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His free kicks are proving as deadly as the now departed Mario’s penalties – oops – probably more so, now that bad boy Balotelli has finally missed a spot kick as he did against Napoli on Sunday – and been sent off  into the bargain.

Jovetic’s second strike in sky blue was another close range affair, as he prodded home in the six-yard box after superbly tenacious left wing play by the often under-estimated James Milner.

Fan's favourite - James Milner supplied a great assist for JoveticCourtesy @ MCFC

Fan’s favourite – James Milner supplied a great assist for Jovetic
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The night’s festivities were crowned off in regal Spanish style with a Sevilla one-two, a Negredo pass releasing flying winger Navas down the right side as City’s ‘saviour’ advanced to smash a low drive past the now demoralised Nicholls.

Sweet Jesus - Navas scored a sumptuous goal to crown a superb team displayCourtesy @ MCFC

Sweet Jesus – Navas scored a sumptuous goal to crown a superb team display
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Job done – high fives and Hawaiian pizza for the after-match carbohydrate booster…much tastier than flaky pies that crumble in the night!


This report is dedicated to Stacey White on her birthday – a true blue City lady who suffered the loss of her true blue husband, Mikey White late last year at a tragically young age. There are sky blue horizons ahead as the dark clouds begin to clear, albeit very slowly. Let’s hope that some how, some way Mike’s looking down and lapping up all the MCFC pleasures we are enjoying. The toast is ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ & a rousing chorus of ‘MIKEY WHITE WHITE WHITE, MIKEY WHITE WHITE WHITE’.  Love & Peace




By David Walker



  1. September 25, 2013  11:04 am by David Walker Reply


    City were out-standing tonight,so much class,so much talent and so much pride,what with the hiding we gave the rags at the w'end an all-round great 3 days,CTWD

  2. September 25, 2013  11:37 am by Blueyorkie Reply

    Spot in Dave again

    • September 25, 2013  12:41 pm by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Ian - I even surpassed myself as hadn't a clue where to start other than pies when I originally sat down to write!

  3. September 25, 2013  12:07 pm by Guvnor Reply

    Nice touch in the dedication part of the report. Fully endorsed as well.
    My only problem with the report is
    Lopes "a good looking lad", keep to football fella, or buy some new bootlaces if you know what I mean. lol (topical or what)
    Another spot on report though

    • September 25, 2013  12:43 pm by David Walker Reply

      LOL Guvnor - no worries there fella - STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE -not changing sides, but respect to all!

  4. September 25, 2013  12:17 pm by frank the tank Reply

    Awesome read yet again brother! City are bang in form complimented with your writing skills perfect match! Lovely touch too for Mikey White #RIP-Blue

    • September 25, 2013  12:45 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Frank - yes we were all absolutely devastated when Mikey passed. It'll be tough for Stacey today but that's where the MCFCFAMILY kick in isn't it?

  5. September 25, 2013  12:28 pm by Graham Ward Reply

    A excellent, and, at the conclusion, an easy win for City. I was surprised at the bench named, but what strength displayed there, it was frightening! Let's just hope more misery is piled on Moyes and United tonight.

    • September 25, 2013  12:46 pm by David Walker Reply

      Totally agree - strength in depth. Never realised Moyes has NEVER beaten Liverpool INCREDIBLE!

  6. September 25, 2013  12:35 pm by gareth leslie Reply

    Cheers yet again, Dave. A very accurate, informative and entertaining read. Just what I've come to expect from you!

    • September 25, 2013  12:46 pm by David Walker Reply

      I'd better keep it up then - thanks

  7. September 25, 2013  12:39 pm by bluewelder Reply

    Great read,City were brilliant from start to finish,rip Mikey,CTWD.

    • September 25, 2013  12:48 pm by David Walker Reply

      Hi fella - don't know what happened with your original comment - it appeared as an article on the running order - most strange. Thanks all the same buddy.

  8. September 25, 2013  12:39 pm by ant walton Reply

    excellent as always, very humerous. Is Jotevic about to be sued by Bale ? didnt he trademark some silly hand gesture similar to the photo this summer !!! If this style of play continues, the lord will have to have mercy on the Premier league !!!

    • September 25, 2013  12:50 pm by David Walker Reply

      Funny the Bale gesture and attempts to copyright it occurred to me. Can't see how he can hope to enforce it. Mercy will be conspicuous by it's absence - we've suffered for decades - it's payback time, or in Wigan's case, as previously stated, 'pieback' time.

  9. September 25, 2013  12:44 pm by Alan Baxter Reply

    If it wasn't for Nicholls we would have been 4 up at Half time. If that's the best that Wigan can currently offer then no wonder their fans bring their own pyrotechnics. I wouldn't say it was a hard earned victory but very pleasing to the eye at times. Our MP is staying true to his ethos and his team(s) are currently producing the type of football that we could only dream of in the dark decades of the 80's and 90's. On to Brum now and from what little I saw of the Villa V Spurs game last night I would expect us to improve on Tottenham's score! Hope to see you there David and thanks for another great piece.

    • September 25, 2013  12:51 pm by David Walker Reply

      I'll be there Thistle - Doug Ellis Upper - that's a location not an illegal act! Thanks again AB.

  10. September 25, 2013  2:15 pm by Dave Lloyd Reply

    A great piece again I will continue to watch this space.Keep up the good work

  11. September 25, 2013  3:54 pm by Matt Martin Reply

    Another awesome piece of journalism David.
    Thanks for taking the time to consistently turn out reports of such quality.
    Always look forward to reading these and as usual you are bang on the money.

    • September 25, 2013  4:12 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment #mutualMCFCappreciationthinggoingonhere!

  12. September 25, 2013  4:14 pm by Darren Passman Reply

    Nice one David, good reading again. Something to look forward to! @DarrenPassman

    • September 26, 2013  1:27 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement DP.

  13. September 25, 2013  4:27 pm by Eileen Fullen Reply

    Excellent read once again so pleasing to see the youngsters given a chance and they look promising for the future. Milner for me was awesome last night.

    • September 26, 2013  10:08 am by DAVID WALKER Reply

      The Etihad Campus should, in time, surpass Barcelona's famed academy as a great conveyor belt of 'home grown' talent, albeit some will be foreign youngsters but hopefully some will be English. That can only be a good thing for the club and the country. Agree on Milner, he is hugely underestimated in the same way as GazBaz. Ignorant England watchers and fans of other clubs have no idea of how good he is and just go with lazy media-incited criticism.

  14. September 25, 2013  5:46 pm by Fifthcolumnblue Reply

    Another fantastic result, another great read from David.

    Certainly impressed with the way the team have started to play, and definitely pleased with the only too obvious team spirit which went missing towards the end of Mancini's tenure.

    To be honest, I'm not going to get carried away just yet, as we will face much sterner opposition than Wigan's 2nd string (Bayern for instance!), and I still expect a few flat performances before the machine really gets into gear. However, you can only beat what's in front of you, and I can see us beating a lot of teams this season!

    • September 26, 2013  10:22 am by DAVID WALKER Reply

      Absolutely right No5 not to go la la about MCFC just yet, but if we put Bayern away and see off CSKA with maybe 4 points from both legs and beat Plzen at home, we'll have qualified from Group stages of CL. Logically this team should only get better - barring injuries - and we can reinforce at CB and LB in January. Could be our greatest season ever.

  15. September 25, 2013  6:36 pm by lghualways Reply

    thanks David great read as always. If the combination of free flowing football and a happy squad is maintained by the honourable MP then this could be a season to savour.

    • September 26, 2013  1:31 pm by David Walker Reply

      You never know...could be the best ever?

  16. September 25, 2013  8:24 pm by Doug Reply

    Nice piece Dave. Things in the garden are looking good at the moment hopefully MP has silenced the doubters. It was a really good display last night good to see Micah back & Jovetic playing & scoring. All & all another good result.The Dedication to Stacy & her late hubby was a nice touch give yourself a pat on the back Dave.

    • September 26, 2013  10:25 am by DAVID WALKER Reply

      No reason for self congratulations I simply wanted to let Stacey know that although Mikey's gone he won't be forgotten in a hurry. I managed to liaise with Mike Summerbee last year and have Mikey & Stacey as his guests for the 2-1 win over Spurs. He was due to be Buzzer's guest at the Real Madrid game but was admitted to hospital beforehand. Tragically he never came home again. Thanks Doug #truebluetruegent

  17. September 25, 2013  9:58 pm by Grant Mills Reply

    Another quality read. A great week for City fans. Hope we can maintain it now and establish a lead at the top. One game at a time! CTID

    • September 26, 2013  10:27 am by DAVID WALKER Reply

      Yes, Grant the old 'each game as it comes' cliche but that's all we can do. Like you, I just hope we can keep knocking the opposition over although we need to be pragmatic - we're not going to keep winning by these large margins...are we?:

  18. September 26, 2013  10:36 pm by Mole Rocks Reply

    It's scary to think City could make 10 changes and still produce a cohesive and fluid performance.

    People will argue it was a weaker Wigan side than we faced in May, however listening to the BBC Manchester radio commentary, it was clear City have actually improved this season, which has been evident in the last 3 games in particular.

    Being naturally greedy I want City to really be serious about going out to win every game and competition they are involved in. Why not believe you can emulate the Liverpool side of the 70's and 80's or the dark side of the 90's and 00's.

    All four new signings have fitted in beautifully, in particular Negredo, who I am quickly developing a man crush for, taking over from the recently departed Roberto Mancini in my affections.

    It's difficult to not get carried away after the last 3 games, City have a significant run of away games coming, we need to win the bulk of them to really cement in the opposition's minds that they are in for a disappointing day when ever the Pellegrini show rolls in to town!

    Lovely tribute as always David, RIP Mikey.

    • September 27, 2013  6:05 pm by David Walker Reply

      As ever Carl thanks for sticking with RBNR but don't let those Rainbow shoelaces get the better of you with the Beast of Sevilla!

  19. September 27, 2013  9:20 am by Adam Dunwoodie Reply

    Nice tricky tie for yous against the mighty Magpies in the next round! Could it be a sooner than expected return to ReadButNeverRed for me?

    • September 27, 2013  6:04 pm by David Walker Reply

      Absolutely Adam - welcome on board...again! 250 words you know the drill!

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