MAN CITY 7 NORWICH CITY 0 – Ruddy hell as City hit 7

Goalkeeping glare was all the rage as the media vultures gathered to focus on ‘flop’ Joe Hart, to zoom in on his discomfort and further undermine his Manchester City and England career.

Dropped for the first time in 124 Premier League games, here was a great opportunity to engineer and expose the merest morsel of dissent from Hart, to exploit yet another example of mercenaries lacking loyalty or passion for the Etihad ‘project’.

Bench time - Joe Hart watches the birdies - Canaries actually - get crushed Courtesy of MCFC

Bench time – Joe Hart watches the birdies – Canaries actually – get crushed Courtesy of @MCFC

Oops, sorry lads it didn’t quite go that way did it?

Yes, one of England’s goalkeeping corps did suffer a humiliating afternoon, but it wasn’t a warmly snuggled Joe, sitting on the City bench joking with Joleon Lescott, on a bitter November afternoon.

It was Norwich’s John Ruddy – a potential England replacement – going through hell as he and his flapping Canary team mates coughed up seven goals in a magnificent, record-breaking City showcase.

Wretched Ruddy seemed to be doing his level best to ensure Joe retains his status as England’s number one, as goal after goal after goal flew past a flightless flock of Norfolk fowl.

England manager Woy Hodgson would have been stammering ‘F-f-f-f-f-f Fwaser F-f-f-f-Forster’ as Wuddy flapped forlornly at deflections, shots and headers, and all to no avail.

Redundant - Costel Pantilimon had almost nothing to do on his Premier League debut

Redundant – Costel Pantilimon had almost nothing to do on his Premier League debut Courtesy of @MCFC

The ‘Third Man’ in this tryst of international goalkeeping intrigue was almost as redundant as the man he’d replaced. Costel Pantilimon, recently axed from the Romanian World Cup squad due to a lack of playing time, was required to make a solitary save on his Premier League debut.

At 6ft 8 inches tall, ‘Pants’ is head and shoulders above his glamorous, and more commercially viable, team mate. On a day when there were seven different names on the score-sheet, perhaps he should be lambasted for not scoring on his debut?

Why not? Asmir Begovic of Stoke – often mentioned as a potential City transfer target did yesterday – so Costel had better get his shooting boots on pretty darn fast!

Costel’s name was warmly applauded as the Etihad Stadium announcer ran through the line-ups, but it was perhaps tempered with sympathy for Hart, the icon who has stood between the sticks in City’s recent glories.

Blues Brother - Aguero & Silva were simply sublime

Blues BrotherS – Aguero & Silva were simply sublime Courtesy of @MCFC

His time will undoubtedly come again – hopefully in a City shirt – but that cannot, should not, be at the behest of any City fans wishing Pants ill, as he adapts to being the last line of the Sky Blue defence.

Sadly for the media maggots and putrid TV pundits, the feathers were flying at the other end of the pitch, as City went into orbit with a new club top flight scoring record.

Nasty business - Nastasic scored his 1st ever City goal although some pedants claim it was a Richard Martin (og)

Nasty business – Nastasic scored his 1st ever City goal although some pedants claim it was a Richard Martin (og) Courtesy of @MCFC

Having surpassed their previous best Premier League win (a 6-0 romp over Portsmouth in September 2008, with half-a-dozen different goalscorers i.e. Jo, Dunne, Robinho, Wright-Phillips, Evans & Fernandez) City went one better, but once again, with all different scorers:

 ü  16th min – Bradley Johnson (og) after a rebound from an Aguero shot in a crowded Norwich penalty box

ü  20th min – David Silva left foot drive following Aguero’s lay-off after a superb Nasri through ball

ü  25th min – Matija Nastasic header from a Nasri corner – his first goal for City albeit killjoys will try and claim it as a Richard Martin (og)

ü  36th min – Alvaro Negredo swept the ball home from short range after an Aguero volleyed assist from Yaya Toure’s beautifully lobbed pass over the Norwich’s defence

ü  60th min – Now trademark Yaya curling free kick from 25 yards out – deadlier than a Mario Balotelli penalty – exquisite

ü  71st min – Aguero’s low drive hammered home after fluffed Bassong ‘clearance’ 10 yards in front of the Norwich goal

ü  86th min – Sub Dzeko on since half-time for Negredo, receives sweet pass from Jesus Navas, turns and fires strong strike into bottom right of Ruddy’s net

Feed the Beast - Negredo netted his 6th City score

Feed the Beast – Negredo netted his 6th City score Courtesy of @MCFC

The match marked a personal landmark in Sergio Aguero’s momentous Manchester City career – his 100th appearance in league and cup – in which he has scored 58 goals – better than a goal every two games.

Had it not been for City’s secret summer signing – ‘OG’ – he would have scored a nice round 60, a superb strike rate in the most challenging league in the world.

Sergio salute - 58 goals in his first 100 appearances - the one and only Aguero

Sergio salute – 58 goals in his first 100 appearances – the one and only Aguero Courtesy of @MCFC

Aguero has bagged 11 goals so far this season –who would bet against him hitting 25 or more if he stays injury free? Negredo has weighed in with half-a-dozen and has settled well since his move from Sevilla, Yaya has notched seven, Dzeko six and David Silva three, in a goal fest under Manuel Pellegrini’s more open attacking style.

It’s farcical, laughable, pathetic – call it what you will – that the morons in the media and on Match of the Day continue to try and underplay just about anything virtuous that emanates from the Etihad.

Dwight ‘not-at-all bright’ Yorke on Sky, and Alan ‘bland beige-is-back, oh it never went away’ Shearer, were ‘united’ in almost decrying City’s landslide win, blaming it on Norwich’s defensive ineptitude.

Curly Wurly - Yaya launched another devastating strike to mkae it 5-0

Curly Wurly – Yaya launched another devastating strike to mkae it 5-0 Courtesy of @MCFC

Yes, the Canaries were poor and ripe for stuffing, but I’d bet my bloody mortgage if it had been Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea or Liverpool, these poisonous pundits would be nigh-on ‘orgasmic’ over the sensational flair and technique of the winners.

Credit and respect to the Norwich fans who, upon gaining an 83rd minute corner and at 6-0 down, started a frenzy of activity and singing ‘Come On You Yellows’ – that was classy and self deprecating.

Last season a comparative goal drought cost City the retention of their PL title. Tevez and Balotelli have since departed but the goals ratio has rocketed.

This season, the problems rest in the goals conceded column.

Together - MCFC celebrate another of their Magnificent Seven Courtesy of @MCFC

Together – MCFC celebrate another of their Magnificent Seven Courtesy of @MCFC

At this moment there are 11 teams with a defensive record better than or equal to City. City have had the standout defence for the past three seasons.

Vincent Kompany is key to curing the problem BUT since he limped out of the Everton game City have won five games, losing just the one in that calamitous mix-up at Chelsea. They’ve scored 18 and conceded  5…and yet Pellegrini has still kept his position as City manager!

The irony is plain to see, but there are people who actually believe he is doing a bad job. That Care in the Community programme clearly didn’t work for some.

Give CSKA a rocket on Bonfire Night, avoid the annual dim result at the Stadium of Light next Sunday (City usually have 70% possession and contrive to lose 1-0) and then cool AVB’s hot Spurs, and Pellegrini’s men will be nigh on top of the PL and qualified in the CL.

Sensational - Silva is pulling all the strings and back to his supreme best Courtesy of @MCFC

Sensational – Silva is pulling all the strings and back to his supreme best Courtesy of @MCFC

The success would have been achieved without City’s Captain Fantastic so, upon his return, plus January investment in a class act defensive centre back and a left back reinforcement (Eliaquim Mangala and Leighton Baines??) who would bet against this being City’s finest ever season?

Crisis? What bloody crisis!


 By David Walker




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  1. November 3, 2013  11:36 am by Alan Baxter Reply

    I get the impression you enjoyed that! Totally agree with your slating of the biased punditry. I thought we were awesome yesterday. Fearless at home and getting better the more they gel. Bring on CSKA and qualification to the last 16. Cheers again David.

    • November 3, 2013  1:19 pm by David Walker Reply

      Well I have to find something to do before breakfast on a Sunday morning...hang on a minute I've just come up with an alternative to writing RBNR. Moving on swiftly, apologies for missing the rendezvous yesterday - M6 - NOT very user friendly. Lest we get carried away, Norwich were poor but, unlike so many other matches that are 4-0 at HT,it didn't stagnate and stay that way. Well done to the Boys In Blue.

  2. November 3, 2013  11:57 am by Eileen Fullen Reply

    Beautifully put the endless battering we get from the rag media should and will make us stronger, Arsenal haven't really been pushed yet but I see them as our only threat at the mo? January we will see who the big guns are and I expect City to be top on these performances. Brilliant day for all except I wasn't there Doh!! At a wedding of all the days never mind there's Tuesday to look forward to-MCFC FOREVER BLUE

    • November 3, 2013  1:20 pm by David Walker Reply

      Maybe City's crushing win was the 'something blue for the bride'?

  3. November 3, 2013  11:58 am by Graham Ward Reply

    Glorious display of attacking football. Let the media say and write what they want, it's difficult to see them changing their ingrained point of view.
    As City fans, we all know how good the team is when they turn on the style....that's all that really matters.

    • November 3, 2013  1:21 pm by David Walker Reply

      Agreed - a siege mentality without the paranoia. It wouldn't mean they weren't out to get us though would it?

  4. November 3, 2013  12:54 pm by Susan Richardson Reply

    I enjoyed that! City were magnificent some of the moves were breathtaking I must have been at a different match to the pundits they are awful not just their flagrant bias but their ineptitude. I don't mind controversy but they don't even have any wit it's just soooooo predictable and don't even get me started on Dwight Yorke how he even gets airtime is beyond me. Can we also remember Joes golden glove awards he is class and he will be back but also glad Pants is getting a chance

    • November 3, 2013  1:25 pm by David Walker Reply

      Pundit: noun meaning expert who speaks publicly on a subject.
      Arsehole: noun meaning idiot who pretends to be a pundit

      Cheers Susan.

  5. November 3, 2013  1:22 pm by Mole Rocks Reply

    It was an exquisite performance yesterday. I listened to live on the radio and watched the full game on Sky Game of the day.

    Admittedly a lot of the discussion was about how the Norwich players did not apply themselves to the task, however I put the void in class to the way City played.

    Houghton wisely started defensively, however once they conceded, it was apparent there was no plan B.

    City as always when given the opportunity controlled the ball and the pace of the game.

    Thankfully with the likes of Aguero and Negredo leading the way, Silva and Nasri had the perfect outlets for aggressive, attack minded football.

    The defence, unneeded and untroubled for most of the game did their job and Demichelis was unlucky not to get on the score sheet himself.

    I would have liked Hart to have started, however it's now Pantilimon's place to keep if he continues to play well.

    As always with City now, an important week beckons. A win versus CSKA almost guarantees champions league qualification, however the Sunderland game wil probably be the true barometer of how City are doing.

    We have shot ourselves in the foot away this season, West Ham excluded, so a bit more composure will hopefully see us catching up with Arsenal.

    It's all still to play for as the saying goes!

  6. November 3, 2013  1:38 pm by David Walker Reply

    If we tighten up at the back we can only go onto bigger and better things. Silva and Nasri are bang in form, Aguero is unstoppable and the new boys have gelled well in the team. Not getting carried away, but this could be a season where we regain our domestic crown and add additional silverware #greatestever

  7. November 3, 2013  1:57 pm by stephen lghualways Reply

    MOTD was a disgrace. 7 goals warranted 40 seconds about Norwich. Not a word about merlin, Nasri and Aguero who would have tanked anyone in that form. Did not even try sky as Yorke always makes me reach for the remote. Think defence will improve but Clichy's drop off since around March is worrying

    • November 3, 2013  4:55 pm by David Walker Reply

      All great observations Stephen - MOTD has little or no credibility anymore but, nonetheless, still deserves a good slating. Sky are generally more balanced but surprising how many people can't disguise their dislike of City. Actions speak louder than words. If we can keep on winning then they - Linekar, Shearer, Yorke, Carragher, Lawrenson, Hansen etc can continue to slag us off and nitpick - we don't care.

  8. November 3, 2013  7:00 pm by mark james Reply

    i totally agree wiv wot u say bout the so called t v experts !!! iv stopped watchin motd there totally biased to the red half of salford we were awesome yday ye norwich were poor but they were mauled ny the boys in blue on there relentless march to another title

    • November 4, 2013  9:26 am by DAVID WALKER Reply

      I think we can win the title this year - won't be easy but it is well within our capabilities - let's hope so. Thanks for feedback.

  9. November 3, 2013  7:39 pm by DOUGLAS HENSHAW Reply

    One of your best to date David & so accurate. Why does the media concentrate more on how poor Norwich were instead of how good city were suppose we should be used to it but it so infuriates me. Silva was magical,Aguero never stopped running, Nasri looks more & more like the player he was at Arsenal, Negredo is getting better & better his understanding with Aquero & Silva is a joy to behold. Demichelis & Nastasic while not perfect are looking good Yaya just brilliant I could go on & on every one of the team was good. But I think Pants deserves a special mention replacing fans favourite Joe Hart cannot have been easy for the guy he didn't have much to do but he was a commanding presence. All in all a good day for players & fans alike 7-0 lets do it again sometime please. #TrustOurMP

    • November 4, 2013  9:28 am by DAVID WALKER Reply

      If we can just settle our defence down and reinforce it in January we have to be in with a tremendous chance of our best ever season e.g. PL Champions and a cup. I would say UCL is well beyond us this season when you look at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but we're heading in the right direction. Thanks once again for reading and commenting.

  10. November 3, 2013  7:54 pm by Glyn Rathbone Reply

    Excellent read & how right you were regarding the media. What is their problem with us ? I've passed caring what they think but it should be credit where it's due. Norwich might have been poor but that's because we made them look poor. We pressed them all over the park & passed them off it too. No mention of that last night on MOTD. Well f**k them all I'm quite happy doing it on the quiet then come next May watching them squirm in their seats & biting their lips. There's a lot of football to be played between now & then & not just because of yesterday's result, I honestly think we will win the league. Only my opinion of course ;-)

    • November 4, 2013  9:38 am by DAVID WALKER Reply

      The pundits approach on City is extremely irritating - yes, we might be overly sensitive, but there's definitely something going on that isn't obvious when it comes to other teams. Never mind, let's hope the team can just get on with the job. Actions & trophies speak louder than spite and malicious comments - in all walks of life!

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