Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Batteries Needed For City's Defence

Batteries Needed For City's Defence


Jon Hurley sent Vital Manchester City the following article.

Yesterday afternoon I watched one of the most entertaining Manchester derbies in living memory...it was end to end, full of goals (some exquisitely taken, others more of a gift from the gods) and no small amount of controversy for good measure.

Whilst no doubt all the headlines will be targeting the appearance of six minutes injury time rather than the signalled four, and rightly so, those magical two minutes left a sullied taste in my mouth when only moments earlier I was commenting with a rag family member how great a derby result it was for the sport in general as much as anything else.

It is important to not lose sight of the fact that there were two teams on the pitch at 95.46 minutes when Michael Owen scored and I am more concerned with the batteries in our defenders not being fully charged at such a crucial stage of the match than the batteries in Mr Atkinson's watch being defunct.

There is no hiding from the fact that 'Taggart Time' was in operation at Old Trafford again on Sunday afternoon, Mark Hughes himself confirming as a United player he came across this enigma of the modern game on a regular basis, and it may be lauded about that it makes a mockery of the game and brings unwelcome attention to the integrity of match officials.

Both points being valid in an era where the ability to con decisions out of the officials seems a necessary skill on one's CV. However, as infuriating as it was to slowly watch the seconds turn into minutes at the end of a pulsating game of football, with bemusement becoming frustration and anger at a well deserved point being snatched away through dubious officialdom I was left with the conclusion that top sides, top 4 sides, which is where we're trying to get to, defend to the bitter end ensuring that there are no slip ups or flukes that can turn a successful afternoon's work into bitter disappointment.

If we are to become as successful as United, Chelsea et al then it's a lesson learned one would hope because if it took that result for City to realise how crucial it is to play to the very, very, VERY end of games then maybe, the sting of a derby defeat may be a little easier to swallow come the end of the season.

Bookmark and Share





*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.

Writer:Jon Hurley
Date:Monday September 21 2009
Time: 11:52AM

Comments

0
Excellent article. We let the rags in the door far too often. Day dreaming at a throw in, two soft headers for Fletcher and The English Patient left unmarked. Micah was out of position far too often.
Johnny Baguette
21/09/2009 13:21:00
0
This was a decent article which deserved more comments in response to it. In response to the batteries of our defenders apparently Toure was out on his feet due to the results of Ramadam as he was unable to eat or drink during daytime hours, luckily this religious festival is now over for another year so hopefully he will finish matches off much more stronger in the future.
Kevinho
26/09/2009 19:15:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Lewis Tips Joshua to Win

Vital F1 - Blog: Sochi Preview

Recent Manchester City Articles

Blue Tuesday Podcast: Derby Preview

With 24 hours to go until Manchester City face Mourinho's Manchester United Blue Tuesday presenter Jimmy Wagg asks who you think manager Pep Guardiola should pick for the derby..

The Ped out-of-The-Cup Report. City 1-2 Arsenal

Blues Succumb to Thirteen-man Gooners

Martin Atkinson Takes Charge Of Manchester Derby

The Premier League has appointed Martin Atkinson to take charge of Thursday evening's Manchester derby.

Manchester City v Manchester Utd Preview

And so it comes down to this...

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Manchester Derby: Who will win?
Suggested By: Tudor
City56%
United13%
Bore draw22%
Don't care9%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 33 25 3 5 78 40
2 Spurs 32 21 8 3 71 46
3 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 66 28
4 Man City 32 19 7 6 64 28
5 Man Utd 32 17 12 3 63 26
6 Everton 34 16 10 8 58 23
7 Arsenal 31 17 6 8 57 23
8 WBA 33 12 8 13 44 -3
9 Southampton 32 11 7 14 40 -5
10 Watford 33 11 7 15 40 -17
11 Stoke 34 10 9 15 39 -13
12 Crystal Palace 33 11 5 17 38 -7
13 AFC Bournemouth 34 10 8 16 38 -14
14 West Ham 34 10 8 16 38 -15
15 Leicester City 32 10 7 15 37 -12
16 Burnley 34 10 6 18 36 -16
17 Hull City 34 9 6 19 33 -31
18 Swansea 34 9 4 21 31 -29
19 Middlesbrough 33 4 12 17 24 -20
20 Sunderland 32 5 6 21 21 -32
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Apr 27 2017 8:00PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 30 2017 2:05PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 6 2017 12:30PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 13 2017 3:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 21 2017 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Johnny Baguette603
2.Buzz Lightyear489
3.Skoorb370
4.kennyclementstache139
5.Rising122
6.Colin Is The King90
7.citizhun74
8.Tudor67
9.johnkelv60
10.OziMan49
Vital Football Comment