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Derby: Sparky Speaks Calmly After Taggart Jibes

Mark Hughes has given his pre derby address and it's a damn sight more dignified than Taggart's rattled finger pointing. He prefers to focus on the game...

Despite being five strikers down, this is the strongest City squad in years. Pleant Blue will be holding out for Sparky's side giving them a run for their money after the last two no show's.

Sparky told the official site:

'We are looking forward to the game, it's one that has captured everyone's imaginations. The interest surrounding it is greater than it's been in many, many years. We are going to enjoy it, it's a challenge for us and one of the bigger challenges we will have. It's about making sure that we give a good account of ourselves, because we are here to stay. We won't go away anytime soon, we are here to make a challenge and if we can that's what we will do.'

The gaffer confirmed the lack of striking options:

'Out of six strikers we have one fully fit. We have hopes on Carlos as an option, he joined in today but he has had no physical contact. He has not really tested the knee so we will have to do that before Sunday, but he is still a doubt.

He said of the swamp:

'It really is a fantastic stage for top level football. Everybody should be excited about going to a place like Old Trafford, it's a great arena and a test when you go there. We hope to go there and give a good account of ourselves, and we feel we have the talent in the team that can exploit things in the game at any given time.

Sparky went on to underline the team spirit Shaun Wright-Phillips spoke of this morning is certainly intact as a siege mentality has formed around the club in the opening weeks of the season:

'There is huge respect for United and their ability to win key games over the years. But we go there in great shape, and you have to go to places like Old Trafford in good heart. Our confidence is high, we are a strong group and very together at the moment, which is a big help to us.

'We want to win, the fans demand that and we demand that of ourselves, so we are positive ahead of Sunday.'

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 18 2009

Time: 7:13PM

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did anyone see today on sky sports news reguarding the tevez poster?hughes was laughing at how much taggart hates it.thought it was great stuff myself!!
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18/09/2009 19:24:00

taggart hates the Tevez poster but does anyone remeber the C untana poster that was put up at the car park on Kippax street in the early to mid nineties... he said then it was just banter..... so suck it in t**t and watch as Sparky's boys are gonna get ya.....
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18/09/2009 19:30:00

Sparky on "Postergate....:" "It does seem to have upset Sir Alex for some reason. We take it as a little bit of flattery because maybe in recent years City have not affected the thinking of Manchester United. Possibly that has changed now. I am sure Sir Alex is sick and tired of people sticking a microphone under his nose and asking him about Man City rather than Man Utd. That has not happened in recent years. I can understand why he gets a bit irritated by it. That's quite amusing from my point of view." - Back of the net!
Johnny Baguette
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18/09/2009 19:42:00

was he really? that's awesome. someone post a video link.
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18/09/2009 19:43:00

Alright lads? Not long now until your humiliation at the hands of THE CHAMPIONS. I bet none of you have got your teams curtains through your entire house. I have. COMMITMENT.
Nobby Allcock
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18/09/2009 19:52:00

Do you feel it necessary to end every post you have with a single word sentence?
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18/09/2009 20:06:00

btw, you know how we're the sheikh's are getting all that money back that we spent over the past year? they're taking advantage of the moron bookies that think you're going to beat us on Sunday, just like the Arsenal fan-boys last week. how many did your Champions team put by them again?? oh yea, 2? one of which was an own goal you say? see you in stretford.
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18/09/2009 20:10:00

nobby allcock,are we playing the champions?but we played barca last month and beat them!you must have us confused with some one else.i'll send the nurse around with something to help with your delusion.
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18/09/2009 20:13:00

as long as it's Man U wine or Man U whisky from the THEATRE OF DREAMS store mate.
Nobby Allcock
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18/09/2009 20:24:00

Nobby Allcock, sounds like a cartoon character. The stereotype scum fan. I'm not buying this, this has to one of the lads from admin on the wind up.
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18/09/2009 20:40:00

THEATRE??thats exactly what it is?whats it going to be this weekend?tragic?or comic??
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18/09/2009 20:45:00

We shall see what we will see, my friend. But I ask myself if you have got your team badge on your bog lid like I have. Glory glory. COMMITMENT AGAIN.
Nobby Allcock
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18/09/2009 21:04:00

i have a city crest (old style) tattoed over the left style of my chest,where can you guess....YES ITS THE HEART IS!! i dont need constant reminders of who i support all around me becasue i know deep down who i love and who i dont love so there you go.another one of your pathetic attempts at mind games blown out of the water.
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18/09/2009 21:08:00

Oh yeah? Well as I type to you I am wearing Man U underkecks, full SHARP kit and the latest club slippers. BEAT THAT.
Nobby Allcock
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18/09/2009 21:19:00

Sounds like you wasted a bunch of your money to me.
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18/09/2009 21:21:00

thats it,nobby is a city fan!!who is it?is it tudor?is it buzz?I BET ITS KENNY!!!
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18/09/2009 21:24:00

well, if we're going by that logic, then it's gotta be BM in disguise again.
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18/09/2009 21:36:00

I've checked my system and the username Nobby Allcock is a definately genuine.
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18/09/2009 21:37:00

Red or blue, nobby is a mensch, and his sense of humour has been most welcome in the days of invasion by the psychotic north londoners. Nobby, we love you, but I hope your sense of humour can survive the bitchslapping city are gonna give your lot on Sunday.
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19/09/2009 01:18:00

I bet you have a rags duvet cover aswell NA.
buzz lightyear
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19/09/2009 06:44:00

Alright lads? You know it, I know you know it that your mercenaries had better hit the hallowed turf running tomorrow or youll be swept aside. No mate I havent got a duvet cover but I bought my mam an MU rain scarf. FAMILY COMMITMENT.
Nobby Allcock
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19/09/2009 09:19:00

(k)Nob end Allcock and no balls- having an average attendance of 30000 whilst in the third tier of English fooball shows commitment. You're admission of purchasing cheap tacky merchandise doesn't show commitment, it shows that you are a sucker with more money than sense.
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19/09/2009 16:47:00


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