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

(BBC Audio) Sam Allardyce Concerned Over Joe Hart

England manager Sam Allardyce admits he is concerned by Joe Hart's situation at Manchester City.

League Cup Round 3 Draw Wednesday Evening

The draw for round three of this year's League Cup competition will take place at around 9.45-10pm on Wednesday evening following the Accrington Stanley v Burnley tie.

Polish Officials Take Charge Of Man City v Steaua Bucharest

UEFA has appointed Polish officials to take charge of Wednesday night's Champions League play-off second round tie between Manchester City and Steaua Bucharest.

City v Steaua Bucharest Global TV Coverage & Live Streams

Romanian side, Steaua Bucharest will be at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow, Wednesday 24 August 2016 to play Pep Guradiola's Manchester City in the Champions League...

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)

Man City v Steaua Bucharest: When will the first goal be scored?
Suggested By: Tudor
Within the first 10 mins40%
Between 10 and 30 mins20%
Between 30 and half time0%
Between 45 and 60 mins0%
Between 60 and full time20%
No team will score20%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 2 2 0 0 6 4
2 Man Utd 2 2 0 0 6 4
3 Hull City 2 2 0 0 6 3
4 Chelsea 2 2 0 0 6 2
5 Everton 2 1 1 0 4 1
6 Middlesbrough 2 1 1 0 4 1
7 Spurs 2 1 1 0 4 1
8 Burnley 2 1 0 1 3 1
9 WBA 2 1 0 1 3 0
10 West Ham 2 1 0 1 3 0
11 Liverpool 2 1 0 1 3 -1
12 Swansea 2 1 0 1 3 -1
13 Arsenal 2 0 1 1 1 -1
14 Watford 2 0 1 1 1 -1
15 Leicester City 2 0 1 1 1 -1
16 Southampton 2 0 1 1 1 -2
17 Stoke 2 0 1 1 1 -3
18 Sunderland 2 0 0 2 0 -2
19 Crystal Palace 2 0 0 2 0 -2
20 AFC Bournemouth 2 0 0 2 0 -3
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear393
2.Johnny Baguette288
3.Tudor220
4.Bluedub148
5.Skoorb125
6.Rising98
7.citizhun97
8.johnkelv82
9.Colin Is The King79
10.kennyclementstache61