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Bolton Or Bust



After a spectacular week for the Blues, consisting of back to back victories against 'big four' opposition in Arsenal and Chelsea, fans will be forgiven if they still have their heads high in the clouds.

The manner in which Mark Hughes' sidecrushed the Gunners, before snuffing out the league leaders, proved to everyone what Manchester City is capable of producing when they have the desire to win.

Whilst this is indeed a positive, it also highlights the negatives when playing teams like Hull and Burnley. The desire simply isn't there.

Lackluster performances have let leads slip and have lost us valuable points in the process. If we have any ambitions of earning a place in the Champions League, we simply cannot be complacent when playing lesser opposition.

Bolton Wanderers are next up for City, a team which by all accounts, we should brush aside if we perform at the same level as we did in our last two games. Unfortunately, judging by our previous efforts against poor teams, we may struggle to win.

With fourth placed Tottenham losing points at Goodison Park, the Citizens are now just two points behind them with a game in hand.

Bolton is an absolute must win game if we want to keep up with the pack. Spurs, Villa and Liverpool are all in contention for the coveted fourth spot and if we lack the desire to beat teams like the Trotters, we will find ourselves back in the Faroe Islands playing Europa League again.

This next game will say more about City's prospects than the Chelsea game did, we will find out if the team is truely ready to mix it up with the big boys.

If we win this fixture then we are well on course, leading us into a crucial match with Spurs. If we lose this game, beating the likes of Chelsea almost seems pointless.

Being the best isn't just about beating the best, it's about beating the worst and taking them for everything they've got.






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Date:Monday December 7 2009

Time: 6:37AM

Your Comments

I don't think that you need to worry on that score. We havent had a clean sheet all season and rarely score more than one goal in a game. Your reserves would probably win.
Back of the Net
Booking for Mr. K. Davies anyone?
Johnny Baguette
Important game for us this - which City will turn up? The Chelsea one would be great, the Hull one. . . . . . .then God forbid.
Thaibluefan
Toure and the lads seem to realise that this game is a must win to take advantage of the Chelsea game, we will soon see if we are top four material or not...
eighthsin
Too right JB, the referee had better keep a look out for his flying arms and late challenges during the match.
Kevinho
This is a good opportunity to start shaking off the Typical City tag.
EddieBell
Agreed Eddie. Our away form was a little suspect last year and we haven't looked great at times away from home this year. Time to shake of the away cobwebs and make a statement.
bluesnozza
 

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