UK time is: 19:06:19
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

Negredo Undergoes Surgery (Wednesday July 23 2014)

U21 Game Cancelled - Club Statement (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Negredo Replacement Targeted (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Youngster Exits And Youngsters Exit! (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Negredo Busts His Metatarsal (Monday July 21 2014)

City Head Out For US Tour (Monday July 21 2014)

Hearts 1-2 Man City (Saturday July 19 2014)

Toure Pledges To See Out Contract (Friday July 18 2014)

Falcao How? (Friday July 18 2014)

Negredo Not Looking For A Way Out (Wednesday July 16 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. Buzz Lightyear 177
2. Bluedub 109
3. fifthcolumnblue 90
4. kennyclementstache 77
5. citizhun 62
6. Skoorb 62
7. Spooks 51
8. rojo2010 42
9. PhillyBlueMoon 40
10. johnkelv 40

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Hull City 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Man City 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Man Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Liverpool: Clear As Day 2013-14 Issue 8
Liverpool : 23/07/2014 18:05:00
Match Day Moments - RZ Pellets
Chelsea : 23/07/2014 17:33:00
That Was Quick!
Chelsea : 23/07/2014 17:11:00
Nani Could be Heading Where?
Man Utd : 23/07/2014 17:03:00
Hummels deal Dead in the Water?
Man Utd : 23/07/2014 16:53:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Player of the Year?
Suggested By:  Site Staff
David Silva 8%
Pablo Zabaleta 44%
Edin Dzeko 5%
Yaya Toure 43%