MAN CITY 3 – 0 West Brom – MY THOUGHTS

7 Feb

On a weekend of utter madness in the Premier League, Man City’s comfortable 3-0 victory over West Brom has largely been swept under the radar. And that’s probably a good thing. Criticised heavily whenever we fail to win, we were chastised in midweek after our draw with Birmingham when all our closest challengers picked up three points. But fast forward one match and the momentum has shifted again. We won, Arsenal collapsed, Man United were finally beaten, Chelsea lost and Spurs required an injury time winner to defeat Bolton.

A hat-trick from inspirational captain Carlos Tévez, including a brace of penalties, secured the three points and truth be told, the scoreline could have been even greater had we not sat back in the second half. Roberto Mancini would have been delighted at keeping a clean sheet, with Joe Hart returning to somewhere near his best and the defence looking more secure than in recent matches.

As is his wont occasionally, Mancini threw in a couple of selection surprises. With both Micah Richards and Nigel de Jong sidelined with injuries, the Italian decided to employ Pablo Zabaleta at left-back, with Aleks Kolarov pushed forward into midfield, giving us a solid look down the left. With the Serbian causing problems with his crossing and powerful shooting, and Zabaleta being defensively aware, I feel this is the tactic Mancini will use in the derby to cope with the threat of Nani. January arrival Edin Džeko dropped to the bench, so it was a return to the formation which sees Tévez on his own up-front, supported by the brilliant David Silva.

It started almost according to plan: a Kolarov cross, whipped in at pace from the left, found Tévez six yards out with the goal at his mercy. Unfortunately, his effort struck the base of the post, but it wasn’t long before Carlos celebrated his first goal of the afternoon. A foul on Kolarov in the box handed us a penalty and despite missing his previous two, Tévez calmly stroked home.

One became two shortly afterwards, with a delightfully taken Tévez finish to cap off a lovely move involving Vincent Kompany and David Silva. It was a goal of the highest class and was an example of just what we are capable of. And to improve matters even further, two became three when Tévez converted his second penalty of the afternoon, after a handball by Jerome Thomas in the box.

That was the end of the scoring, although you got the impression that City, if desired, could have scored more. After the resumption, West Brom settled and started to produce some decent spells of possession football. Hart made a couple of good stops and will be relieved to record a clean sheet after a couple of below-par games. Unfortunately from a West Brom point of view, their chairman Jeremy Peace decided to relieve Roberto di Matteo of his managerial duties yesterday, judging that their recent run of poor form was not likely to improve.

As for City, the win was essential and the manner of victory impressive. Bring on the derby!


5 Responses to “MAN CITY 3 – 0 West Brom – MY THOUGHTS”

  1. Allan 07/02/2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I promise this is NOT a moan, but if we miss out on the title on goal difference, then Saturdays game could be the one we look back at to blame. With our Italian boss – being happy with a 3-0 win…even City of old would have made it at least 5 against a such a poor team.

    Yes a great win, a clean sheet, plus everyone around us dropping points, we only need this to happen a couple of times again and we can win it.

    See, its not a moan, im a delighted fan of 45 years. CTID

    • Jem 07/02/2011 at 6:28 pm #

      We won’t lose 4th on goal difference, if we do it will be points. Spurs are a mile behind on goal difference. Still I agree, I’d like to see all out blitzkrieg at least once this season. We know the players are good enough. I think Mancini should have a crack at Man U on Sat. Win or bust for the league. 4th will still be there if we lose and it would be a gut wrenching psychological blow for them if we win. Go on Roberto, live a little.

    • Alphie Izzet 10/02/2011 at 8:15 pm #

      Frequently games that are 30 at half time end up that way or 3.1.
      Give some credit to the Baggies, they came out and played second half.
      Don’t blame everything on Scarface, he wasn’t wearing the boots!


  2. Siamack 07/02/2011 at 6:53 pm #

    As a City fan, I feel happy whenever City wins a game. But I tend to look for more than just a game, and I still wonder how many more “must-win” games like Aston Villa and Birmingham city lie ahead. We lack the consistency and as a City fan, I am at a stage that I see every game 50 – 50 which I absolutely hate it to my bones.

    I can not wait for a time where I can watch City games with that sort of certainty that we have bagged 3 points even before the game has started.

    • Citysince77 07/02/2011 at 9:22 pm #

      You may have a long wait on that one mate. I have been supporting City for a long time and I still see every game as a fifty-fifty deep down. The definition of a fan who feels the three points are in the bag before a ball has been kicked is a Rag. Believe me, the feeling you have now before games is just what you want to have before we become truly sucessful, it will make you enjoy the good times even more.

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