MAN CITY 5 – 0 Notts County – MY THOUGHTS

21 Feb

It seems wrong for a side brimming with so much youthful promise and potential to need a brace of goals from the veteran head of Patrick Vieira to set us on the way, but in the end, Man City were thankful for the presence of the Frenchman. His two goals, either side of half time, knocked the stuffing out of a resilient Notts County side, enabling us to run out comfortable victors by a margin of five goals, a scoreline sure to give us confidence but one that flatters us greatly.

After the first twenty minutes of this match, during which the visitors were by far the better side, few could have imagined that we would win so comfortably. But thanks to a brace from Vieira, a neatly taken finish from substitute Carlos Tévez, a second City goal for Edin Džeko and a lovely volleyed strike by Micah Richards, we move onto the next round, where Aston Villa are the visitors to Eastlands. Looking further ahead, a home tie against Everton awaits the winner in the quarter finals.

As expected, Roberto Mancini made a number of changes for this match, with Carlos Tévez and Vincent Kompany awarded rests. The afore-mentioned Vieira made a rare start, whilst the centre-back pairing of Kolo Touré and Joleon Lescott meant that it was an eleventh consecutive game where Mancini had changed the defensive partnership.

It looked for a while as if that tinkering may cost us, as a lethargic start from the Blues, combined with a fiesty opening from the visitors, left us hanging on and requiring the woodwork to keep the scores level. Karl Hawley cut in from the left onto his right foot and his screamer left Joe Hart with no chance, relying on the post to keep the ball out. City’s first attack came midway through the first half and we should have scored. Micah Richards found Edin Džeko perfectly with a cross, but the Bosnian’s header was straight at the ‘keeper, who turned the ball away.

But we didn’t have to wait much longer for the opener and it came via the unlikely source of Patrick Vieira. His thumping header from a corner put us into the lead, and it meant that the four times FA Cup winner has now scored in both rounds of this season’s competition. And fifteen minutes into the second half, he doubled his account for the afternoon, with another header from a Kolarov corner.

In the same incident, as the ball was in the box, there was a sickening clash of heads between Mario Balotelli and a Notts County midfielder. At first glance, the collision looked serious and Balotelli seemed to be out cold. Fortunately, he was standing up within a minute, but was taken off as a precaution. It hadn’t been the most productive afternoon for the Italian and he threw down his snood as he went down the tunnel, more in frustration at himself than Mancini’s decision. It turns out that Mario was rushed to hospital after dizziness and vomiting, but following a number of tests, he’s good to go.

With a two goal cushion and the visitors rarely threatening, City were in complete control, but just as it looked like we might settle for a 2-0 victory, three goals in the final five minutes gave the scoreline a flattering look. First was a goal for Tévez, rounding the ‘keeper and slotting home after a seductive Džeko through ball. The compliment was returned minutes later when a Tévez cross found the Bosnian to head home from close range, whilst Richards added an acrobatic fifth, a left-footed volley to leave the ‘keeper with no chance.

That was that as far as the scoring went, although Džeko squandered a fantastic opportunity to make it six in the last minute after a through ball as slick and as smooth as an aubergine. The scoreline and manner of victory should give us confidence as we head into Thursday’s must win Europa League tie against Aris Thessoloniki. Attention turns from one cup to another, but a repeat of this victory would be most certainly welcome again!

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17 Responses to “MAN CITY 5 – 0 Notts County – MY THOUGHTS”

  1. JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!! 21/02/2011 at 6:22 pm #

    ” His thumping header”

    >>>more of a Vieira glance which took a deflection! The thumping header was his second, certainly not his first!!

    Good review, much better than those player ratings anyway! Haha! But calling an aubergine slick?! Im not so sure myself!

    • Siamack 21/02/2011 at 6:30 pm #

      I thought player ratings were fair considering the team we are playing against. I would have been inclined to agree with you more if our opponent had been one of premier league teams.

      • JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!! 21/02/2011 at 6:39 pm #

        Rubbish! You have to be willing to put in 110% whoever you are playing. Just because they are Notts County doesnt mean players like Yaya can take a break?

        • Siamack 21/02/2011 at 7:16 pm #

          And exactly who thinks he took a break! May be you but not certainly me

          • JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!! 21/02/2011 at 8:48 pm #

            You thought he played well?!?!?!!

            • Siamack 21/02/2011 at 9:18 pm #

              yes, I did?#!?!

  2. Siamack 21/02/2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Though any win by City makes my day on any day, I believe we should not be fooled by the results especially against Notts County who are struggling for survival in their own division. The true trials are against premier league teams for which Vieira and Jo happen to be huge liabilities. I am afraid goals scored by Vieira tend to be more damaging than rewarding in the long run. Mancini has already started to praise Vieira … and we all mean what this means for future games!

  3. Citysince77 21/02/2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Whether we like it or not, players like Viera, the Toure bros, SWP, and even Jo are vital to our season as City have already played 40 odd games and we have a possible 24 or something to go (if everything goes to plan). Players need rest, and when you consider that I have not even included internationals yet, we will need to use our full squad even if some of them do not sit well with us. Mancini’s problem is choosing when to play these people, and Shaun aside, he used those players to good advantage yesterday. Mario also got a good sixty minutes and I always feel Carlos needs a regular run out and for me he looked sharp again for the first since West Brom game. Not only that, Djeko certainly looks like he is indeed ‘Edin’ in the right direction, and I’m sure he will be scoring lots of goals and creating chances for us soon enough (even more so when A Johnson comes back). What I’m saying is we have to use these players to our advantage, and if Mancini picks the correct games to play them in we will reap the benefits in matches our best 11 has to be on the field.

    • Siamack 21/02/2011 at 9:25 pm #

      The real question is when we have a younge promising talent like GUIDETTI in our Youth Academy, would it make sense to play Jo ? What Jo can offer that GUIDETTI can not. For Vieria a case can be made for his experience and his great past in Arsenal but there is nothing there to justify JO.

      • Citysince77 21/02/2011 at 9:34 pm #

        Fair comment, he is really sh*t!

      • JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!! 21/02/2011 at 11:50 pm #

        JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!!

        • Blue moons new rising star 23/02/2011 at 1:59 am #

          I just can’t get out of my head how such an obviously lesser, older player came on against Notts Co? Surely someone plz say it can’t only be that he is so indecently way higher paid, than the vastly talented Gudetti? It would’ve been the perfect setting to blood the fine young talent, that is so obviously in his fullest flow, scoring at will, into full competetive readyness. In short; IT’S TIME!

        • diane reeves 23/02/2011 at 10:20 am #

          as a bournemouth fan i felt so sorry for your subs who were so cold they had to have water bottles. my heart goes out to those poor over rated over paid people . its a good job they dont work hard like the rest of us perhaps city could spend their wealth on electric blankets instead remember not to many seasons ago you were in our league scraping through a play of final poofs?????????????????

          • JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!! 23/02/2011 at 6:18 pm #

            ….scraped through and look where we are now! Jealousy is a killer hey!

  4. m beany 21/02/2011 at 10:23 pm #

    View From A Blue has removed this comment. Such language will not be tolerated.

    • m beany 22/02/2011 at 9:12 am #

      View From A Blue has removed this comment. Such language will not be tolerated.

      • Siamack 22/02/2011 at 2:42 pm #

        You could have not picked any better phrase to describe yourself. Once I read it, I immediately visualized a desperate, pathetic, helpless person who is most likely impotent.

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