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VMC Post Match Reaction: CITY 4 Arsenal 2



Resurgent City's second half 10 minute goal blitz rocked Arsenal to defeat at a packed Eastlands. Here's how the respective manager's saw it...

Mark Hughes has taken terrific stick throughout his time at Eastlands, seemingly forever threatened by a hack propelled guillotine hanging over his head. He's entitled to be contented tonight having seen City seal 5 consecutive Premier League wins and go 5 games unbeaten in all competitions this season. He told Sky Sports:

'It was a great day for everybody connected with Manchester City. The atmosphere in the stadium - our fans were absolutely magnificent - the emotion of the day and for us to come out on top against a very, very good Arsenal side, we're absolutely delighted.

'There were a lot of eyes on us today, people were bigging it up saying it was going to be a proper test and the games we had won beforehand didn't really count, so we took all that on board. We went out there with the right attitude, a good mentality and that shone through.

'There are going to be stages in the game where Arsenal, because of the type of football they play, dominate possession, but I thought we didn't give up that many chances. We were always a threat and always had a good variety to where we were attacking and we got our reward for our positive play.'

Sparky revealed that City's more conservative approach after half time that led to Arsenal's equaliser was abandoned and he changed to a 4-4-2 formation with Stevie Ireland injured and replaced by Rigsby Petrov.

'That helped us and we scored almost immediately after that. From that point we were absolutely devastating on the break.
Bellamy, I thought was absolutely superb and Adebayor, his performance was there for everyone to see. It was a great team performance and there were some great individual performances along the way as well.'

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has now seen his side lose 2 games in a row and slip into a mid-table position with European competition coming up:

'Unfortunately, we are going home with the same feeling (as having been beaten by the rags two weeks ago)..considering the way the two teams played and the number of shots we both had, we should have done much better.

'In the second half, I felt we were in control, so the result is a bit difficult to take.'

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 12 2009

Time: 7:44PM

Your Comments

We showed a different side to our mentality today by digging in and regaining a foothole in the second half of the game despite being under an intense barrage of pressure at the start of the second half which culminated in their equaliser. At the time they made it 1-1 and for a few minutes after we looked shot, out on our feet and quite frankly beat. Then from somewhere we dug in and made it 2-1, but when SWP missed that open goal following great work by Adebayor, for the first time this season I had the old feeling of here we go again and thought that the match would end up 2-2 with a lucky or dubious equaliser doing us. But then almost immediately Adebayor made it 3-1 as my internet stream crashed, I got it up and running again to see SWP make it 4-1 before it disappeared again as they pulled it back to 4-2. My 3 standout performers of the match were Adebayor, who was again everywhere for us as he has been all season. He won most headers defending at corners, got in key positions, tracked back, was always looking for the ball and most importantly scored his 4th goal in 4 games. Bellamy also ran tirelessly throughout, scored a deserved goal to re-establish our lead before setting up SWP for the 4th and Micah Richards who put in an improved performance defensively and was also a key figure in the build-up to our first 2 goals. Despite conceding 2 goals, our first goals against of the season in any competition we saw a new side to this team as we turned 4 chances into goals against much better opposition than what we have been playing and beating less convincingly than this scoreline, so I feel that we learnt a great deal about the character of the team today and long may this run continue or at the very least until after the final whistle next Sunday!
Kevinho
The scoreline could have read 6-4 - a very open game in the second half and i don't think we missed Robbie that much.
Thaibluefan
Would have been different had Adebayor been sent off for stamping hopefully the FA will rectify that at and also his incitement of the crowd 3 match ban
Tiny T
Tiny T - Turn around and exit our forum the same way you entered it. We don't need another know it all passing judgement over here. We scored more goals than you, let in less goals than you and won the watch which are the only important facts and statistics.
Kevinho
Tiny T i spose you thought it was ok in 2002 when henry ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate infront of the spuds fans? HYPOCRITE arsenal fans were vile and acted like animals all game singing borderline racist songs about him and you have the cheek to call spuds fans over sol campbell?, ade didnt gesture he slid on his knees (didnt anderson celebrate infront of the spuds fans after scoring for manure?) slid on his knees and pretended to shoot them!
mark.mcfc.wedged
oh and another point my cockerney mate, the chalenege from persy was a disgrace so if ade gets banned then they both should get banned the tackle itself was a red card and no one got booked so the fa can take action against both
mark.mcfc.wedged
 

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