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Missing That Cutting Edge


Once A Blue sent Vital Manchester City the following.

Recent form suggests everything isn't in place yet at Eastlands. Mark Hughes has come under continuous criticism since taken over the job in July 2008. Personally I come under the 'Hughes in' camp, however, I agree with all the doubters that something isn't quite right, whether that is Hughes's methods, tactics, team talks or overall lack of managerial expertise is debatable.

In the first place I look is the team, the squad, the starting 11. Right through the team from defence to attack there is a vast amount of strength in depth. This begins at Shay and ends with Adebayor, class players in every position and more than adequate backing in those positions. Hughes has bought well, technically gifted and mentally strong. It's the latter that's being tested and up for debate now. The mentality of these fine athletes is being put to the test, crumbling under little pressure from small teams, home and away.

One player doesn't go from extraordinary to plain ordinary in a couple of games, something is missing from the players and I believe it's mentally. I'm not picking on Adebayor but I will use him as an example. On signing fellow blues were delighted with the acquisition, built like a man mountain and more gifted than most. The striker started unbelievably netting four in as many games. Since then, Ade has scored 1 goal in 6 games, still 5 in 10 is better than were used to. However, after the Arsenal ban Ade hasn't looked the same and I'm not blaming this on the ban as that would be ridiculous. I believe after 4 in 4 Ade thought he had done it, made the cut, and was irremovable from the starting 11. He had proved his point when it mattered, scored in vital games and had already become a fan favourite. I am a firm believer that now he thinks he doesn't have to put anything in and therefore he isn't repeating the early season form.

I think this trend has now escalated through the current crop of players. A sense of bewilderment that were not happy with current form even though it is much better than previous seasons.

What we are lacking are the players who wear their heart on their sleeve. Players, who continue to strive to be better, continue to progress and are doing so consistently. This wasn't a stab at Ade as I am a great fan of the striker and believe he is one of, if not the most gifted target man I have seen at the club. What we need to do is inform the current crop of players how much the club means to the fans, show them the history and show them the dedication the fans have shown the team.

I believe our squad and starting 11 are twice as good as previous City teams if not even better. On paper our squad is better than most in the league. I believe Chelsea are the only team who could win an argument and a fair argument that their better than us.

It is just not happening on the pitch, I think Hughes needs to look at the effort levels of players and if there not putting it in let them know, let them know what it means to us.
We need ambassadors at the club who love playing for us, not just playing for the money or the fact we are a strongly documented team.

Richard Dunne was a fine server of the club; this isn't a petition of get Dunne back as both the club and he have moved on. We need someone who will put the blood, sweat and tears that man put in for us. This isn't anything to do with how much Dunne was a significant figure on the back of my shirt, it's the fact we need our set of players to learn his values and to mentally improve. Players who will dive 6 yards to block a shot, track a player the length of the pitch, show us how much the club means to them and most importantly run their socks off.

I think if this improves and the players learn the values, then the form will vastly improve. Give the players a City history lesson maybe, anything to show them what it means playing for us. If this happens then hopefully over time the fans will transfer to the 'Hughes in' camp.

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Writer: Once A Blue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 30 2009

Time: 10:31AM

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No belief, or not caring. Maybe, a bit of both - and I don't mean just from the players either.
BlueWolfie
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30/11/2009 10:37:00

Another top article OAB. This is now a massive week for Sparky and his management team. Do or Die in the context of this season's aspirations.
Johnny Baguette
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30/11/2009 11:15:00

The team just needs to play a with eachother a little while longer to develop some chemistry within the team. it was easy to win the first few games of the season as most teams are yet to hit their stride. if this team stays together for a few years and play consistently with eachother then there is no reason why they shouldnt win any major trophies as on paper they are an incredibly strong team. this sort of form was totally expectable, in fact they have done better than most people would have expected so city fans should be proud of their team.
khoder
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30/11/2009 11:37:00

Thats one of the best articles i've read!
mcfcthriller
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30/11/2009 12:46:00

The defence has been slated for months now and the attackers are starting to get a bit of stick as well. But for me, our midfield just isn't up to it. I cannot remember one game that we've bossed for even 75% of the time this season. Even against Scunthorpe. We really need a big time box to box player and a player that can hold the ball. When we learn to hold on to possession, it will allow us to pressurise the opposition's defence into making mistakes. Our attackers will then be able to show their true worth. Similarly, keeping possession relieves our own defence and gives them time to set their selves in good defensive positions.I think this team is very close to being really good. We need to keep the ball though.
thecamelsfoot
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30/11/2009 19:12:00

Thecamelsfoot- box to box player? Michael Johnson? I agree about midfield, we need to get the ball on the ground and control games from the centre of midfield.
Bluedub
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30/11/2009 21:21:00

We look totally disjointed to me and I attribute this to the foundations being built on sand with some pretty average defenders who cost a kings ransom and trying to accommodate too many attackers into unfamiliar positions. Is it then any wonder why we seem to lack any balance in the side and fluidity in our play?
Kevinho
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30/11/2009 23:24:00

What are you all yammering about? You've lost only once this season! And I for one will be hoping you keep that streak alive at least until after next week! So no time to let heads drop, there's a game to be won or drawn against Chelsea!
ForeverUnited
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01/12/2009 02:50:00

Our squad is twice as good as previous teams and thats probably the most frustrating thing. On paper we are so much better than we have shown so far. We have the talent to be a top team in the PL and hopefully we will start producing some decent form that will help get us there soon.
bluesnozza
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