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City On A Roll But For How Long?


Vital Manchester City newbie, claremont sent us the following:

Manchester City recorded their fifth consecutive Premier League victory on Saturday with a 4-2 win over Arsenal. That is the first time since 1986 the club has racked up five in a row in the top flight, albiet, City started that year with a bang, notching up consecutive league wins between 1 January and 8 February.

In typical City fashion they then failed to win another game that season accumulating just four more points from the remaining thirteen games. Fans are hoping the days of inconsistency have gone now that a committed and multi talented squad has been assembled. The next game though is a massive test at Old Trafford with City likely to be fielding a depleted forward line.

Robinho is out for a month and Tevez may not have sufficient time to recover from the knee injury picked up while playing for Argentina. Santa Cruz is apparently coming along nicely but will not have match fitness and Benjani's thigh is playing up again. That leaves Bellamy and Adebayor which would be more than adequate based on Saturday's performance against The Gunners.

However sections of the media have already decided that the Togolese striker is to receive an immediate ban following incidents in the match against his former club. The suggestion is that referee Mark Clattenburg will review the video recording of Adebayor's clash with Robin Van Persie and announce that he should have been dismissed for stamping. Such a review would normally occur when an official had an obscured view. Clattenburg though was perfectly placed and allowed play to continue.

Arsenal have portrayed themselves as victims for the third time in recent games following Eduardo's censuring for a dive and penalty decisions at Old Trafford. A carefully worded statement in the name of Van Persie appeared on their website shortly after the game against City.

Should the FA intervene and impose an immediate ban then City would inevitably have to play 4-5-1 in the Manchester derby. On the last occasion that the Blues recorded a sixth consecutive top flight victory they were able to call on Barnes, Kidd, Tueart and Bell in January 1978.

The good time beckon and quite rightly so.

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Writer: claremont  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 14 2009

Time: 2:59PM

Your Comments

Congrats on the victory. You deserved it. That being said, Adebayor SHOULD suffer a suspension. That was a clear stamp on Van Persie. Should that occur, and Tevez not be fit, you'll be in a difficult position. But, winning under those types of circumstances is the difference between a top four, CL-calibre side and the rest of us.
Teddy_KGB
We can keep it going this time around unlike 2 years ago under Sven when we lost the plot in January and hardly won another game afterwards as we have more quality and strength in depth now. I agree with Teddy_KGB that the top teams are the ones who can win despite adversity and injuries etc and hopefully City are now going to get within that category.
Kevinho
We should of bought more strikers.
MCFC_Goatboy
i can tell u how long until sun 20 september 09 then they will lose from that day and on until ill be fair maybe january time
wearethechamps
wearethechumps - Forgive me, but is English not your first language? If that's the case then I'll forgive you for that undecipherable nonesense. If it is you first lanugage then perhaps you should have paid more attention in school.
fifthcolumnblue
But at the moment its only 4 wins this season! We'll worry about some 5 win jinx till after scumville!!
shauny
Typical benjani being injured again?! If fit it looks like he would have played.Why did he ever sign for city. Looks like 4-5-1 defensive display against united next week with midget bellamy as the lone man. Our defense is good to hold out while we snatch a goal on the break. Have faith fellow city fans.
enzo city
The tackle by Ade from certain angles looks quite accidental, but then from others looks deliberate, I feel that a ban of three games is amost inevitable.It will be a pitty we will not be able to take on Stretford on sunday with Adebayor and our others strikers being injured, should Stretford win it will be a hollow victory. Had City lost any of their first three games the press would have put us down as usual and a defeat by Arsenal would have added to their belief that we are not a team to challenge yet.Had Adebayor not incurred the wrath of the FA, the victory would have been all the sweeter. We are bound to lose at sometime, but I don't think it will be on Sunday in one of the suburbs of Greater Manchester.
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