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The VMC Man Of The Match Versus Everton

A wretched City no show against a resurgent Everton got what it deserved. The crew in VMC's forums have voted City stand in skipper Shay Given as 'just about Man of The Match...'

There's a school of thought amongst Blues fans that awarding Given the vice captaincy, something initiated by Mark Hughes, is not a good move at this time with the side clearly lacking leadership and a voice in the middle of the park at Everton.

Still, despite a free kick finding it's way unchecked through the City wall and inside his near post, Shay did enough to keep the score respectable. He will know now that above all else, City must NOT concede a goal against the rags on Tuesday.

The man in green gives his side of the story at Goodison in the video link at the foot of this article.

Carlos Tevez's endeavour, despite carrying an as yet unspecified leg strain sees him bag second place in the poll.

Garrido and Benjani's huff and puff are recognised and the only other light came from SWP who will start against the rags.

1. Shay Given 10 Votes - [43.48%]
32. Carlos Tevez 6 Votes - [26.09%]
15. Javier Garrido 5 Votes - [21.74%]
8. Shaun Wright-Phillips 1 Votes - [4.35%]
27. Benjani Mwaruwari 1 Votes - [4.35%]
5. Pablo Zabaleta 0 Votes - [0%]
2. Micah Richards 0 Votes - [0%]
33. Vincent Kompany 0 Votes - [0%]
17. Martin Petrov 0 Votes - [0%]
34. Nigel De Jong 0 Votes - [0%]
18. Gareth Barry 0 Votes - [0%]
39. Craig Bellamy 0 Votes - [0%]
10. De Souza Robinho 0 Votes - [0%]

The Story So Far:
FA Premier League unless stated

Nigel de Jong, 5 (Fulham H LC R3, West Ham H, Wigan Athletic A, Liverpool A, Chelsea H)
Carlos Tevez, 4 (Bolton A, Spurs A, Wolves A, Blackburn H)
Craig Bellamy, 4 (Arsenal H, the rags A, Villa A, Sunderland H)
Gareth Barry, 3 (Blackburn A, Portsmouth A, Stoke H)
Shaun Wright-Phillips, 3 (C. Palace A LC R2, Burnley H, Arsenal H LC QF)
Shay Given, 2 (Birmingham A, Everton A)
Vincent Kompany, 1 (Middlesbrough A FAC3)
Roque Santa Cruz, 1 (Scunthorpe H LC R4)
Wayne Bridge, 1 (Fulham H)
Emmanuel Adebayor, 1 (Wolves H)

City's 1-1 throwaway against Hull City registered no winner.

VMC's Previous Man Of The Season:

2007-2008 Elano Blumer
2008-2009 Stephen Ireland

VMC City Video Link: Given On Goodison Defeat


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 17 2010

Time: 8:51PM

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seems none of the chasing pack really want to be there doesn't it?! We keep getting chances with results around us and our teams blow it! Strange stuff!
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17/01/2010 21:15:00

Let me say something about what I observed from the Everton game: Petrov was sometimes too eager to shoot until he forgot to provide good passes first to the strikers, and he got caught a few times on the flank. Tevez appeared to be injured but stayed on, why he stayed on is unknown, perhaps he thought it wasn't serious and he wanted to help the team, that showed his character but I don't know if Mancini liked it or not. De Jong should have done better for the freekick i.e. he should have been brave enough to block it with his head even if it meant to hit him real hard! Barry and De Jong were like chasing shadow in central area, which was quite appalling as their qualities suggested they shouldn't have been outplayed by Everton's central midfielders. Real disappointment here. Perhaps they should play more on how to intercept instead of pressure the opponents, and with better speed. Bellamy complaint too much on the field and was losing a lot of balls. This coupled with the fact that the midfielders lost the ball immediately right after they got the ball. This happened far too frequently! When they lost possession too frequently like that, they resorted to playing more long ball to Benjami, totally ineffective playing like this! The best team in the world always play possession football with a lot of fast and accurate short passes. Mancini emphasized on playing like this perhaps he wants the team to be the best. But somehow in this game, it failed awfully! Perhaps some players wasn't good enough to play it this way? Micah shouldn't have gifted that penalty so cheaply. Zabaleta and Garrido were getting a lot of pressure from the flanks with not enough defensive help from Petrov and Bellamy. And Robinho, what can I say? But at least he tried, and wanted Mancini to trust his ability. Overall, apart from Given, Kompany, Zabaleta, Garrido, Tevez (apart from his injured or not mystery) and Benjani, other players' performance was substandard, as if the midfield were non-existent! But I guessed Mancini saw it better as he said: "I learned a lot about my players from this game, and hope this is the last game that we lost." I really hope so too. And if Tevez and other strikers are in-form, to win the game should not be too difficult, just pass around the ball well and pass it more to them!
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17/01/2010 22:19:00

Windleaf, nice one!
Johnny Baguette
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18/01/2010 06:48:00

MOTM should have been mancini for the nice back kick on the touchlinethat dropped nicely to a player
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