Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday May 16 2009
After a tale of two halves, it's a case of two differing views and moods as Hughesy and Harry go head to head at the microphones...
Firstly on the penalty...
'The ref has made a really poor decision that has cost us the game and it's really disappointing. There have been games this season where we've not deserved to get anything, but that wasn't the case today.
'I've no idea why he's given it. It was a speculative ball into Shay Given's hands, never a clear-cut goalscoring opportunity. Maybe the angle the referee had made him appear closer to the ball than he was.
City's boss went on to reveal the extent of his frustration...
'That's the only excuse I can give him, because fundamentally that's a very poor decision. I banged on the ref's door as I went past! But I don't think there's any point trying to speak to him about it.'
And as the European door slams shut for next season he sums up the game...
'We would have loved to be back in Europe and that's obviously not going to be the case now.
'We were much better in the second half. First half we were tentative and allowed Spurs to dictate, so they had the momentum, but after the break we were a lot more positive and got back to 1-1.
'We were all pleased for Boji, it was important that he got back on the goalscoring trail and everbody saw what it meant to him. With three minutes to go, we felt we were the team most likely to score.'
The Spurs saviour summed up his view of the game rueing first half profligacy as City again sat to deep on the road...
'We should have come in well clear - we had some great opportunities, played some great football first-half - could have come in two or three up for sure.
'It never got started the second-half and we suddenly lost our rhythm, they came on stronger and then it was game on. They got a goal back and really we're struggling to get a grip of the game then but we got the penalty in the end - that sewed it up.'
And on that penalty...
'It looked a nailed on penalty to me - it looked like he climbed all over him.'
And with the door still ajar for Europe...
'We have got to go to Liverpool for a very tough game so you would have to see Fulham as red-hot favourites but wherever we finish, seventh or eighth now, will be a terrific achievement.'
JOIN VITAL MANCHESTER CITY:
When the first whistle blows in our 56th and final game of this 10 month season at home to Bolton next Sunday, don't forget to join the Vital MC Community on our popular Live Match Thread in the Forums on match days.
Vital Manchester City and it's Forums are growing fast with over 1,200 Blues now registered with us. There's more to come - Be Here Now and join our worldwide community:
Date:Saturday May 16 2009
Pellegrini Praises Our Mozart (Sunday October 19 2014)
The Ped Report....City 4-1 Spurs (Sunday October 19 2014)
Stats: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday October 18 2014)
Team News: City v Tottenham Hotspur (Friday October 17 2014)
Spurs Will Be A Different Beast - Pellegrini (Friday October 17 2014)
Looking For A Certain Goal Ratio (Thursday October 16 2014)
More Milner Murmurings (Thursday October 16 2014)
VMC News Round Up 12/10/14 (Sunday October 12 2014)
Kompany - We're Not Aiming For Second Place (Thursday October 9 2014)
Pellegrini Didn't Lose Faith (Monday October 6 2014)
|Aston Villa||0||-||2||Man City|
|Hull City||2||-||4||Man City|
|2. Man City||8||5||2||1||+10||17|
|4. West Ham||8||4||1||3||+4||13|
|6. Man Utd||7||3||2||2||+3||11|
|Fine margins for Everton
» Everton : 20/10/2014 10:00:00
|Barkley is perfect
» Everton : 20/10/2014 09:27:00
|Liverpool: 'We Were Fortunate' - Rodgers
» Liverpool : 20/10/2014 09:11:00
» Liverpool : 20/10/2014 09:08:00
|An Alves Deal is NOT Done!
» Man Utd : 20/10/2014 07:39:00