Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday May 12 2009
It's been a long time coming this season. The Vital MC Massive has voted City skipper Richard Dunne as our MOTM in The Blues' disappointing derby effort...
There is a school of thought out there which includes myself that the big hearted Irishman's City career may be drawing to a close. In truth, he's had a poor season and has been found wanting on a number of occasions. Dunney would be the first to admit that fact.
But his diehard efforts at The Swamp alongside the increasingly influential future City captain Nedum Onuoha ensured City's goal difference remains the strongest of the remaining Europa League contenders.
Richard Dunne is an absolutely top bloke and cares deeply about Manchester City. He's been a professional example to a B747 full of City players in turning his career around, leading from the front. He's saved us on shedloads of occasions down the years, but in a league which now has little margin for error has shipped a number of howlers that have cost us. If the City defence is to be strengthened this season, Dunney looks to be favourite for the axe.
That said, Saturday's rearguard action gave us a reminder of what the big man is capable of and his Blue heart.
MOTM The rags v CITY
FA Premier League
22. Richard Dunne (27%)
10. De Souza Robinho (20%)
4. Nedum Onuoha (18%)
37. Shay Given (15%)
34. Nigel De Jong (8%)
2. Micah Richards (5%)
11. Blumer Elano (1%)
7. Stephen Ireland (1%)
33. Vincent Kompany (1%)
20. Felipe Caicedo (1%)
9. Valeri Bojinov (1%)
17. Martin Petrov (1%)
24. Ched Evans (1%)
25. Wayne Bridge (0%)
The Story So Far....
(FA Premier League unless stated)
Ireland, 11 (Portsmouth H, Brighton, League Cup R2 A, Omonia Nicosia, UEFA Cup R1 H, FC Twente, UEFA Cup Group Stage H, Hull A, Arsenal H, Schalke, UEFA Cup Group Stage A, Hull H, FC Copenhagen, UEFA Cup Round of 32 A, Aalborg, UEFA Cup Round of 16 H, Fulham H)
Wright-Phillips, 9 (Sunderland A, Chelsea H Liverpool H, Newcastle A, Spurs H, united H, Everton H, West Brom A, Aston Villa H)
Zabaleta, 5 (Wigan A, Bolton A, Fulham A, Wigan H, Newcastle H)
Onuoha, 4 (Portsmouth A, West Ham A, Chelsea A, West Brom H)
Given, 4 (Middlesbrough H, Aalborg, UEFA Cup Round of 16 A, Arsenal A, Hamburg A, UEFA Cup QF, 1st Leg)
Elano, 3 (Stoke A, Hamburg H, UEFA Cup QF, 2nd Leg, Blackburn H)
Richards, 3 (FC Midtjylland, UEFA Cup Q2 H, Aston Villa A, Sunderland H)
Kompany, 3 (West Ham United, H, Middlesbrough A, PSG, UEFA Cup Group Stage H)
Robinho, 2 (Stoke City H, Everton A)
Dunne, 1 (The rags, A)
Bellamy, 1 (FC Copenhagen, UEFA Cup Round of 32 H)
De Jong, 1 (Liverpool A)
Sturridge, 1 (Blackburn A)
Caicedo, 1 (Racing Santander, UEFA Cup Group Stage, A)
Jo, 1 (Omonia Nicosia, UEFA Cup R1 A)
Hart, 1 (FC Midtjylland, UEFA Cup Q2 A)
Nottingham Forest FAC R3 - No Votes.
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