UK time is: 08:21:39
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sparky's Tactics And The New Way We Play



Set Plays:

As you all know, we have now scored 3 goals from set pieces in our last 3 games - Tevez vs Palace, Adebayor vs Portsmouth and Richards vs Arsenal.

This is excellent news, as we posed virtually no aerial threat from set pieces over the last few seasons. However, we now have 6 or 7 players (this is when all fully fit!) who are a real threat in the air - it brings a whole new dimension to our game.

City's Aerial Threats:

Emmanuel Adebayor - 1.91m (6ft 3in) - 1 Goal from a set piece this season.

Gareth Barry - 1.83 (6ft 0in) - 8 Goals last season.

Vincent Kompany - (1.93 (6ft 4in) - 1 Goal from set piece last season.

Joleon Lescott - 1.88m (6ft 2in) - 17 goals since 2006.

Kolo Toure - 1.83 (6ft 0in) - 14 goals in Arsenal career.

Micah Richards - 1.78 (5ft 10in) - 1 Goal from a set piece this season.

Roque Santa Cruz - 1.88m (6ft 2in) - 29 Goals for Blackburn in 2 seasons.

Closing Down:

One of the season's great successes is our ability and will to close down the opposition.

If you watch the 'Big 4,' you will notice that they all work for each other as a unit and this starts with the strikers.

It's very important to do this as it puts your opposition under pressure and is a must when you are playing away from home.

In the past City have let other teams come on to them but they are now giving the opposition no room to move the ball around.

Winning when it Matters:

This is probably the most important thing of City's three new factors. For instance, lets take the Arsenal game last weekend.

When Arsenal equalised, Hughes brought on Martin Petrov in an attempt to win the game. City then had a purple patch and scored 3 goals in 12 minutes.

However, if the score would have gone 1-1 last season then I am sure we would have lost that game. The momentum was with Arsenal and they would have taken it, but this season things are different. We now have players who have bags of Premiership experience. They know what is needed when things start to go a little pear-shaped.

The Wolves game was another example; they were unlucky not to come away from the game with a draw. The momentum changed in the second half in Wolves favour and they came at City with vengeance - hitting the bar.

Once again, had that been last season we would probably have drawn the game.

I can remember from last season the anxiety that gripped the City supporters when we entered the last 20 minutes only 1-0 up. We looked vulnerable; we never looked as if we could have held on.

Here are two examples of just that from games vs the 'Big 4' last season:

Chelsea at home and Liverpool at home.

We lost both matches after taking the lead. In the Chelsea match Robinho scored to make it 1-0 but from then on City were given a midfield master class by Chelsea who went on to win the game 1-3.

The Liverpool game also saw us take the lead with goals from Ireland and Garrido. Torres then inspired a Liverpool comeback that saw them win the game 2-3 in the dying seconds.

- Going into today's Manchester derby, we know that City's new found resilience will see us win many more games than we will lose this season.

JOIN VITAL MANCHESTER CITY:

Vital Manchester City was the fastest growing Independent City Website last season and has a membership now standing at 1700 strong. There's more to come - Be Here Now and get on our popular Live Match Thread in the VMC Forums today as City take on the Evil Empire!











Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Blue Lad Scragg Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 20 2009

Time: 8:50AM

Your Comments

It's all to do with the mentality of the squad - we won't win every game, but if they truly think they will, we will win most.
BlueWolfie
I think it is true that we now are a threat at Set Pieces, but the main thing is that we have the belief that we can go out there and win matches. As BW say we wont win everyone of them but we believe we can. It was better last week when the Gooners equalised and we held on and then upped a gear, in past season we would have just fallen back and hoped we could hang on for a draw, which would have been a good result, but no longer is that the case.
buzz lightyear
Well we also got better at set pieces on Wednesday night with 2 more goals from corners. Its good being decent at set pieces as they have been a waste of time for the last few seasons with both poor delivery and no real threat from the personal that was at our disposal.
Kevinho
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

The Ped Report Liverpool 3-2 City (Sunday April 13 2014)

The Reds versus The Citizens (Saturday April 12 2014)

Number 13 - Lucky For Some! (Thursday April 10 2014)

The Ped Report City 4-1 Southampton (Saturday April 5 2014)

The Citizens verus The Saints (Friday April 4 2014)

Archived Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 203
2. Skoorb 93
3. rojo2010 87
4. Buzz Lightyear 84
5. Bluedub 77
6. PhillyBlueMoon 77
7. fifthcolumnblue 69
8. citizhun 65
9. Spooks 63
10. OziMan 55

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 34 24 5 5 +51 77
2. Chelsea 34 23 6 5 +42 75
3. Man City 32 22 4 6 +54 70
4. Arsenal 34 20 7 7 +18 67
5. Everton 33 19 9 5 +22 66
6. Spurs 34 18 6 10 +0 60
7. Man Utd 33 17 6 10 +18 57

Breaking League News

It`s Good to Talk
Fulham : 16/04/2014 07:43:00
Everton V Crystal Palace
Everton : 16/04/2014 07:40:00
And Another Bites the Dust
Man Utd : 16/04/2014 07:34:00
Sam Bemoans Defensive Mistakes
West Ham : 16/04/2014 07:31:00
Costa Is The Man!
Chelsea : 16/04/2014 07:30:00
Ref Watch: Webb to officiate Cardiff v Stoke
Stoke : 15/04/2014 22:04:00
Begovic wins Chelsea man of the match poll
Stoke : 15/04/2014 21:44:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yaya Injured - Who Should Partner Fernandinho In Midfield?
Suggested By:  Gerry Gow
Javi Garcia 20%
Jimmy Milner 80%