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One Goal Wonder

BlueWolfie sent us the following article.

Much has been said about how City are performing this season, and in particular the games played away from home. Seventeen points from eight games is really nothing to be scoffed at, but there is something that I feel needs to be pointed out.

It seems to be a running theme here on Vital Manchester City whereby many will say that the team of last year would have 'lost that game', or, 'we'd have only got a point'.

This is very much true as we have exponentially got better this season, but if we look at the scores so far you will notice that of the five games we've won, three of them have only been by a one goal margin. The same is true for our one defeat. Then of course there are the two draws, both of which ended in a 1-1 result.

There are just too many games with either one goal, or a margin of one goal. Where before last year we were losing by one, now we are winning or getting the draw because of that 'one'. However, it is because of this I feel this season is too soon to accomplish what we want them to do. If we are to scale the heights this season and push as hard as we can to get to the top (or close), those 'one goal games', need to quickly become two or three.

I realize a win is a win, but there only needs to be just one mistake, and suddenly those three points can turn into one, or indeed none.

When we start to punish teams and score freely as I know we can, then I will start to look at the possibility of winning the league. Until then however, I will quite happily settle for a fourth place finish.

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Date:Monday October 19 2009
Time: 7:20PM


Interesting pointers Wolfie. The team is gelling far quicker than expected from what I see as a result of Sparky's consistent selection in both current competitions and the City siege mentality which is fuelled on almost daily basis by desperate hacks or rival clubs. I reckon once it all clicks into place, someone is in line for an absolute battering. Fulham are playing a lot of games and may well begin to succumb to what we knew to be Post UEFA Sunday Syndrome. We lost 8 out of the 13 games we played on Sunday's following UEFA games in midweek....
Johnny Baguette
19/10/2009 19:31:00
Agreed to some extent, but I struggle to see it as any kind of negative. The importance of simply winning, or at least getting a point, is so great in this league that that is all that counts. I know it sounds repetitive but look at the teams we are aspiring to. United won by the one goal at weekend and Bolton put them under a lot of pressure at the end. As it happened, United should have put the game out of sight by then, but failing to do so, could easily have dropped 2 points. They didn't - job done, next game. We will start to score more freely over the course of the season, it is impossible not to with the attacking talent we have. But points are what count. At the end of the season we can look back at the stages where we were were at our best, perhaps with some 3 or 4-goal winning margins. But it will be the games when we were not at our best, or at difficult grounds like Ewood and Villa Park, that will decide where we finish.
19/10/2009 19:53:00
Our home form has still looked as good as usual and 8 points out of 15 away from home is a vast improvement on last season and it will obviously take time to win more and more matches on the road. After watching our last 2 matches on the road though I feel that we need to be creating more chances as despite not looking overly troubled at the back in either match we haven't exactly created many chances of note in these 2 matches. That still doesn't excuse a referee missing a stonewall penalty yesterday though!
19/10/2009 23:23:00
1-1 was a very fair result considering the position Zabaleta put us in. Chelsea and United have been winning the league with 1-0 wins so I wouldn't see it as a negative at all.
20/10/2009 02:37:00
Not so much a negative, and I know that the Chelsea's and Utd's have won many 1-0 games over the years - it is more of a concern that we do not seem to put teams to the sword.
20/10/2009 07:07:00
Considering the injuries you've suffered, I think you've done exceptionally well. Just seem to lack that extra gear that allows teams like Chelsea and United to grab that winning or tying goal at the death. Soon enough, I think.
20/10/2009 22:33:00
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