UK time is: 16:36:26
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

League Cup Damp Squib Post Match Reaction



City made more than hard work of dispatching Fulham in the Carling Cup Third Round last night. Here's how the two managers saw it on an apathetic Manchester night...

Mark Hughes:

'Fulham are very well organised and got plenty of people behind the ball. It was difficult to break them down. We had to be patient. We stuck at it and are in the hat for the next round which was the order of the day. We are pleased about that.'

Sparky reckoned Sunday's derby had a big effect upon the team's jaded performance:

'You have got to understand how much effort and how much emotion there was in the derby. The players were a little bit drained but kept going. Obviously coming from behind is difficult.'


Roy Hodgson:

'I was disappointed we could not take it to penalties, but I am not disappointed with the team as they gave me everything. I thought we could give Manchester City a game and make it difficult for them. But we took it to an even better level.'

Hodgson had changed the entire eleven players that were beaten by Wolves at the weekend:

'To find ourselves at 1-1 going into extra-time was more than we could have hoped for, but we deserved it. I have got a pretty good idea now of which players I can trust.'

So City go through to the next round alongside a host of other Premier League sides. Considering the excellent start the side have made to the new campaign, many Blues will be prepared to forgive last night's groan-athon. But concerns over the City boss's apparant unwillingness to explore options and change things at the earliest opportunity when it isn't going for us have resurfaced in the past week.

On the plus side, Sparky has sensibly ensured that the nucleus of his revitalised squad have had plenty of consistent playing time together in the season's opening seven games.

The Blues have four days or so now to recharge the batteries before Roque Santa Cruz's debut against West Ham United at Eastlands next Monday night.

The Carling Cup Fourth Round Draw will be made on Sky Sports News at 12h15 BST this Saturday.

JOIN VITAL MANCHESTER CITY:

Vital Manchester City was the fastest growing Independent City Website last season and has a membership now standing at 1800 strong. There's more to come - Be Here Now and join the debate in our Forums as City's intriguing season gathers pace.





























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: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 24 2009

Time: 8:14AM

Your Comments

Well Hughes was right as the derby match had obviously taken its toll as it had left some players both physically and mentally jaded and drained but hey, at least we won the match!
Kevinho
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester City Articles

Harsh Rodney Marsh (Thursday October 30 2014)

Pellegrini - Same Failures Cost Us (Thursday October 30 2014)

Silver Lining (Thursday October 30 2014)

Boss Hopeful On Duo (Thursday October 30 2014)

Yaya Recognised (Thursday October 30 2014)

Stats: Man City v Newcastle (Wednesday October 29 2014)

The Great Dane - City Are Bigger (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Team News: City v Newcastle United (Wednesday October 29 2014)

No Mangala Concern For Manuel (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Archived Manchester City 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 211
2. Skoorb 174
3. fifthcolumnblue 122
4. OziMan 98
5. Bluedub 86
6. rojo2010 80
7. kennyclementstache 73
8. CITYBOY1000 68
9. PhillyBlueMoon 62
10. johnkelv 54

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
West Ham 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Spurs
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Man City
Hull City 2 - 4 Man City
Man City 1 - 1 Chelsea
Arsenal 2 - 2 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 9 7 2 0 +15 23
2. Southampton 9 6 1 2 +15 19
3. Man City 9 5 2 2 +9 17
4. West Ham 9 5 1 3 +5 16
5. Arsenal 9 3 5 1 +4 14
6. Swansea 9 4 2 3 +3 14
7. Liverpool 9 4 2 3 +1 14

Breaking League News

Harsh Rodney Marsh
Man City : 30/10/2014 16:24:00
Pellegrini - Same Failures Cost Us
Man City : 30/10/2014 16:15:00
What Should We Really Be Targeting?
Spurs : 30/10/2014 15:45:00
Ince Moves To Sherwood
Hull City : 30/10/2014 15:38:00
Sakho Touch And Go For Stoke
West Ham : 30/10/2014 13:01:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

The Stretfords Are Getting Cocky. Who Will Win On Sunday?
Suggested By:  Ivor Galactico
The rags 50%
The Champions 50%