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Advantage City: League Cup Post Match Reaction

Advantage City: League Cup Post Match Reaction

united's 6th defeat to (an under strength) City in a little over 7 years proved an explosive encounter both on and off the park. Here's how the main actor's saw it...

Roberto Mancini:

'It is not a big advantage, but it is an advantage. Now I would say we have a 51% chance. I am happy with the result because we were behind after 20 minutes and I felt it could be difficult. But we recovered, scored two goals and played well. They had three or four chances but, in Shay Given, we have one of the best goalkeepers.'

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'It is just the way these things happen. Football can be like that. It can bite you. We have had a few players leave the club and score against us. There is no issue. I am happy with the players we have got. We played well and dominated the match. We were reasonably in control but we had a mad five minutes before half-time that brought them back into the game.'

'Everyone can see the penalty for themselves. It is the kind of decision that has gone against us tonight but could go for us on another day.

'But with the crowd at Old Trafford and the occasion and what is at stake we will be okay.'

Shaun Wright-Phillips:

'The fans drove us on and on and in the end it all came good. To hold on to the win was terrific but we know there is still a job to do at Old Trafford.'

Pablo Zabaleta:

'Our reaction after the goal was great, though the last few minutes were unbelievable. We know that it will be difficult at United, but we have a chance. Old Trafford is a great stadium, and there will be a lot of pressure on us, but we have players with strong character.

'We needed to give our fans a great game. I think everyone is happy. Beating United in the derby is real satisfaction, but the tie isn't over. We need to play 90 minutes more to get to the final.'

Gareth Barry:

'Obviously the talk was about Carlos before the game and he did his talking on the pitch with a great performance. That's the way it's written sometimes, and the way Carlos works, he deserves it.'

Carlos Tevez:

'It was special for me - but it was for the fans of City.'

Gary Neville, Substitution Warm Up Buffoonery Specialist:

A wanky middle finger.



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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday January 20 2010
Time: 7:43AM


An understrength United's sixth defeat of the season, in case you havent forgotten we haven't been able to play our full team all season
20/01/2010 09:04:00
they were p1ssing all over you in the second half dodgy penalty got you back when they were walking it, must be hoping your luck will hold out in the second leg
20/01/2010 09:06:00
my mistake i misread the opening line. You deserved to win and i do believe you would have gone in to win even if you hadnt been awarded the 'questionable' penalty.
20/01/2010 09:06:00
That was the rags 8th defeat in all competitions this season.
Johnny Baguette
20/01/2010 09:13:00
I actually like the passion shown by players when they're rude to each other and the fans - Gary Neville may be a first rate nobjockey, but I defend his right to wind up our players and fans, and suffer the consequences on the pitch, just as I defend Ade's right to slide on his knees at the Arse fans after shoving their taunts down their throats. More passion, less Nannying please FA.
It's Grim Oop North
20/01/2010 09:27:00
You're right Grimster. The sanitisation of this sport and gradual drift towards a non body contact sport continues apace. I for one was delighted to see a few full blooded tackles flying in last night. Much as I am always delighted when Neville or one of his pals gives our players a pre match day motivational teamtalk.
Johnny Baguette
20/01/2010 09:35:00
Understrength? You mean missing two central defenders. City were missing 2 central defenders, left back, and first choice striker.
20/01/2010 09:54:00
We didn't play well for large parts yet still won, the Rags are rattled, bring on the second leg. The little fella Tevez is quite good isn't he?
20/01/2010 10:20:00
Yes the penalty was a bit iffey but no different than the one given against us at Everton. What goes around comes around.
20/01/2010 10:50:00
City had 5 players injured, make shift defence and a un-trued rookie playing in the centre of defence. Two goals conceded in 5 games is a miracle by citys standards. The penalty was lucky - but so fergie time for owens goal and the micah penalty at everton. Mancini got his tactics wrong, but he changed them to great effect. The fact city defended in numbers like italians was great to see. Imagine if city did this against burnley, hull, fulham, liverpool, 3-3 at old trafford, then city would be top of the league. Good job by the lads.
Super City Slicker
20/01/2010 13:52:00
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