City Phoenixes Dig Deep And Our Season Takes Off
FT: FC Midtjylland 0 Manchester City 1 (Agg: 1-1, City win 4-2 on pens)
I blame my old man again. It's all his fault, but I wouldn't have it any other masochistic way after City's shadow chasing performance against a determined FC Midtjylland suddenly exploded into an enthralling Battle of Jutland and a crucial European victory. A classic cup tie.
Time to stop reading the rumours for a while and worrying about off field developements. Credit where it is due to Mark Hughes and his young side for focusing on their game and reaping the rewards. Ched Evans and Joe Hart have got some bottle.
Credit too to the senior professionals for stepping up to the plate and steadying those penalty nerves when it mattered. Spare a thought too for the battling Danes who looked fitter and stronger than City for long periods. Their striker Baba Collins must be devastated after his nightmare misses.
My only cause for concern was Bluesy opting to experiment with Richards in midfield and starting with Beijing Jo from the off. Not the time to do it considering the impact this game would have on our season, but he got away with it and we can now all look forward to tomorrow's lunchtime UEFA Cup 1st Round draw in Monaco.
The Feel Good factor is returning to Sport City and we will go to Sunderland on Sunday with Shaun Wright-Phillips attacking down the right flank and Rigsby Petrov on the left.
SWP and Dunneymonster are the only City survivors of November 2003's UEFA exit in Poland. Now they have a chance to banish the ghosts of Groclin.
See you on the continent and hold on to the Euro Dream!
Those important first round details:
Monaco UEFA Cup First round draw
29th August 2008
13.00 CET / 12.00 GMT
First round, 1st leg 18th September 2008
First round, 2nd leg 2nd October 2008
Carling Cup Update
Now City have qualified for the UEFA Cup knockout stages, the League Cup second round tie at Brighton & Hove Albion will take place on Wednesday 24th September at 1945 GMT.