Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Barton Red Card Bad News For Psycho

Barton Red Card Bad News For Psycho

Joey Barton was shown the red card for two bookable offences during this afternoon's Northwest derby against Liverpool to heap more pressure on Stuart Pearce's squad, already depleted by a run of bad injuries.

Barton can have no complaints, particulary about the first caution which was both clumsy and un-neccesary. His (and City's) punishment for his 11th yellow card of the season is a three match ban at a crucial time of the season when the Manager needs all his senior players fit and available.

Today's lacklustre first half performance at Anfield surprisingly improved in the second half follwing Barton's dismissal, although City never really looked like or deserved getting anything from the game - what is it about away games that we sit back and just take whatever is thrown at us and only start to play after conceding a goal?

The timing is particularly bad as FA Cup hero, Micah Richards and so far, ever-present Darius Vassell were both missing with injuries. Furthermore, with Sinclair still not fully fit and Reyna and Jihai Sun still not quite ready, City's midfield is down to the bare bones, not helped by having to play some of them out of position.

Psycho will be desperately hoping that some of the injured players recover quickly, but our midfield is a big cause for concern as we just can't win and keep hold of the ball at the moment. The balance just doesn't look right particularly in central midfield and it is a weakness other teams are easily able to exploit. With Barton now absent for three matches, what little bite we had will now be missing.

Recent signing Tuomas Haapala could come into the reckoning but he is still a bit of an unknown quantity at this level. Other options may be to raid the Reserves and Academy, with Willo Flood and Ishmael Miller potentially the most likely to be promoted to the first team squad.

Even if everyone were fully fit, I don't think its clear what City's best midfield combination is..... unless you know better ?


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Sunday February 26 2006
Time: 3:58PM

Comments

0
Both Barton's tackles could have been straight reds .... no arguments on my count.
mcfcandy
01/03/2006 12:23:00
0
Both Barton's tackles could have been straight reds .... no arguments on my count.
mcfcandy
01/03/2006 12:23:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Whose Your Clubs' Lucky Scoring Omen?

Some clubs in the Premier League just seem to have a player with lady luck on their side and when they score in a game, that match always returns at least a point.

Blue Tuesday Podcast: John Stones (22/03/17)

This week's BBC Radio Manchester Blue Tuesday programme asks what you think John Stones has to do to fulfil his potential.

Manchester Derby Set For 2017 Summer US Tour

Manchester City are heading to the USA in summer 2017 to play Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and our first ever derby on foreign shores against Manchester United in the ICC.

Premier League Confirm 2017/18 Fixture Release Date

The Premier League have now confirmed the date on which the fixtures for the campaign of 2017/18 will be released.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will you watch Fortuna Hjorring v Manchester City Women?
Suggested By: Tudor
I'll be watching in Denmark1%
Yes, via LIVE Vital Man City stream57%
Yes, by other means0%
I won't be watching42%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 28 22 3 3 69 38
2 Spurs 28 17 8 3 59 34
3 Man City 28 17 6 5 57 24
4 Liverpool 29 16 8 5 56 25
5 Man Utd 27 14 10 3 52 19
6 Arsenal 27 15 5 7 50 22
7 Everton 29 14 8 7 50 21
8 WBA 29 12 7 10 43 1
9 Stoke 29 9 9 11 36 -9
10 Southampton 27 9 6 12 33 -3
11 AFC Bournemouth 29 9 6 14 33 -12
12 West Ham 29 9 6 14 33 -12
13 Burnley 29 9 5 15 32 -11
14 Watford 28 8 7 13 31 -15
15 Leicester City 28 8 6 14 30 -14
16 Crystal Palace 28 8 4 16 28 -10
17 Swansea 29 8 3 18 27 -27
18 Hull City 29 6 6 17 24 -32
19 Middlesbrough 28 4 10 14 22 -13
20 Sunderland 28 5 5 18 20 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Apr 2 2017 4:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 5 2017 8:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Hull City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 15 2017 5:30PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 22 2017 12:30PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 23 2017 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
FA Cup

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear646
2.Johnny Baguette610
3.Skoorb348
4.Rising143
5.kennyclementstache127
6.johnkelv123
7.Tudor115
8.Colin Is The King102
9.citizhun71
10.Bluedub68
The Vital Football Members League