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League Cup Derby Defeat Post Match Reaction

He said it could have been six last September, now it could have been seven goals that the rags wracked up in the Carling Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg according to Sir Alex Ferguson...

But first up, a bitterly disappointed Roberto Mancini gives his side of the er, coin:

'I am so disappointed because I thought we played well in the first half and into the second, but we had a spell where we allowed them two chances and we should have paid more attention.'

Mancio was of course referring to the inability of City's young defence to successfully clear it's lines when it counted.

'If you allow a team like United chances like that, they have the players to hurt you. After we scored I thought we had a great chance to win, we played well and had another chance but then they hit us too late for us to do anything. I feel so sorry for the players, because they could not work any harder, but most of all I feel sorry for our fans. I wanted us to get to the final for them, and unfortunately that won't happen now.'

Mancio is no mug however and he will know that forcing Taggart into fielding his strongest available side against City twice in a competition so long belittled by the rags is something of a victory in itself. The gap is closing:

'We have to learn from this defeat and improve. It's easy to improve when you win, but losing like this can teach a team things, so we must pick ourselves up. We have to work hard over the next few months, try to improve and get into the top four by the end of the season. That's possible with these players, and we still have players to come back from injury, or Kolo to come back from Africa. I'm pleased with what the players I could choose from gave me in these two games. We're still in the FA Cup and we have a chance to go to Wembley in that competition, which I would love to do for the fans.'

Now for Taggart The Bin Man (copyright Pretty Green) whose days at the 'ManU' controls won't go beyond many more derbies. We'll certainly miss his demented pearlers:

'We missed a lot of chances. Edwin van der Sar made one marvellous save after half-time but we produced a marvellous performance in the second half. We could have scored six or seven.'

We'd spoken here beforehand of the need to absolutely contain united's main scouser Wayne Rooney and The Blues failed to do that of which the slapped arse faced Scot said:

'It was much better than Saturday (Rooney's solo performance against Hull). I know he scored four goals but here his control leading the line and his link up play was fantastic. Overall it was a wonderful performance. World class.'

Meanwhile, as we had all toe curlingly dreaded, another Scot, Darren Fletcher revealed how City CEO Garry Cook's berkish comments about what City were going to do next etc in a New York bar last week served to form part of the rags teamtalk:

'There is a great rivalry between the two clubs and we know about everything that went on in the first leg. But it was important for us to go on the pitch and let our football do the talking. It's easy to talk and whatnot, but you have to do it on the pitch and that's what we did tonight.'

Finally as the latest violence spewed out of united's supporters, the rags have revealed that they will ban for life the lowlifes who threw bottles and coins at Craig Bellamy as he was about to take a corner kick.

A spokesman confirmed: 'Our security thinks they were identified and arrested.'

And so we move on. For now the rags have the bragging rights following The Blues 4th defeat of the season, but they should remind themselves that in the most open and exciting Premier League for a decade they must travel to Eastlands with four league games remaining.

City may yet have the last laugh in the 2009-2010 campaign.

VMC City Video Link: Mancio Pitchside Reaction at Old Trafford

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 28 2010

Time: 8:44AM

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Roll on April - love the bit about the KIDS and just to remind everybody from 4 weeks ago,19528,13866_5818776,00.html
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28/01/2010 09:26:00

you got outplayed and outclassed both legs. only the ref kept you in it. its only 34 years
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28/01/2010 09:26:00

Nobby, is that you again???!!!
Johnny Baguette
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28/01/2010 09:32:00

Outplayed? Fair enough but that gap is closing. Outclassed? You're having a laugh, nothing classy about cynical fouling on SWP everytime we were on the counter, nothing classy about throwing elbows, nothing classy about fans spitting, throwing coins or near FULL bottles of beer, nothing classy about your manager not crediting City after the matchfor their performance( gracious in victory as ever). The tide is turning, it hasn't quite turned yet, but it will, that's inevitable. Looking forward to the Eastlands tie now.
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28/01/2010 09:53:00

What, the ref that ignored three blatant elbows on City players, didn't give us a clear penalty on Tevez in the first half (watch the replay you red muppet), the ref that allowed Scholes and rafael the bbenefit of nasty two footed tackles on our players or the ref that chose not to remove the players from the field for their own safety when youd disgusting neanderthal fans chucked coins and bottles at Bellamy? Reds are cheating scum, if City ever resorted to dirtbag tactics like you lot I'd burn my season card and go support Altrincham.
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28/01/2010 10:10:00

5th - full of crap again - it was very heated - yes the idiot who threw stuff needs sorting out harshly - but you blue blinkers forget missiles being thrown at Evra at you place - you are bitter simples
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28/01/2010 12:13:00

Nitrworlock, let's be honest here, that idiot should never have thrown lighter, he was removed immediately and banned. That pales in comparison to what Bellamy endured firstly fans at the front spitting at him, numerous coins and two half full glass bottles and the ones that didn't spit or throw stood there laughing, watch the replay and Get a grip.
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28/01/2010 12:26:00

atleast it happened to the only player that maybe deserved it :| bellamy is a **** and every fan in world would agree
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28/01/2010 12:45:00

Now you're condoning what happened reddevils? You are just as bad as any of them so called fans that were throwing things last night, now ***** off and take your scummy attitude elsewhere.
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28/01/2010 12:58:00

i am not condoning it, i am just happy it was Bellamy and not anyone else :)
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28/01/2010 13:00:00

Wasnt glass bottles - was plastic - but that doesnt mean it was right for Utd fans to do that - Im passionate about MY team but would never resort to that I would shout abuse, but NOT spit or throw things - I love football, and like watching teams play well no matter who they are, at least respect me for that
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28/01/2010 18:05:00

The Chinese in that corner had the politesse to at least photograph Bellaminho.
Johnny Baguette
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28/01/2010 20:43:00

So now you are racist pigs as well??
Nationality or ethnic background doensnt come into it, I bet half of you lot are BNP members - that attitude makes me sick!
Grow up and respect the fact that ANYBODY of ANY nationality can support a team of their choosing!
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28/01/2010 22:31:00

Oh dear it looks like Fergie isn't the only one losing the plot, where on earth did that come from?
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28/01/2010 23:41:00

On the contrary, nite, merely an observation. Chinese united fans were taking pictures rather than throwing anything. Fair play to them. If there's one thing Manchester City fans ain't, it's racist.
Johnny Baguette
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29/01/2010 06:02:00

Niteworlock I used to have a modicum of respect for you. But calling us BNP members is the final straw I used to be a member of AFA (if you even know what that means) and have the scars to show from my days taking on NF and BNP ****ktards. Your hardcore fans are the ones I'd worry about mate, y'know the ones taking darts and golfballs to matches? Yoonited and their fans are the most hated in the land, not just by City fans either, and it's for the very reasons ytou are throwing at us. Now ***** off and don't come back until you are ready to apologise for that little slur on our chatacter. Oh, and JB, I reckon most of the oriental fans at the swamp are Japanese, they can afford the plane flight.
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29/01/2010 07:56:00

OK - here goes
I apologise if some of you were offended by the comment I made about some of you lot being racist - this was due to a comment I read in here about Manyoo fans all being Asian, now when I read the post I was angry and over reacted.
For this I am sorry - the point I was trying to make really was that it shouldnt matter where you are from in the world, you should not be stereotyped for the club you support.
You guys dont know if Im black, white, Asian or whatever, and I wanted to make the point anybody of any nationality can support whatever team they want.
If I hurt any feelings, then I hang my head in shame and ask for forgiveness as it was not a slur on most of you guys.
Please accept this apology - as I am saying it on a public forum
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29/01/2010 16:56:00

u dont need apologies to these pathetic fans :)
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30/01/2010 03:47:00

No - I do, I went over the top and over reacted.....
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30/01/2010 23:53:00


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