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City's Big Game Players


After the sensational performances of Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez at Stamford Bridge last weekend, I have decided to look into who decides to turn up and face the music when we play the 'Big Six' (Chelsea, Rags, Arsenal, Liverpool, Villa, Spurs).

Games against the Big Six:

Statistics taken from my blog - Man City Issues. Players must have played at least 4 games for a rating average.

12th September 2009, CITY 4 - 2 Arsenal

Scorers: Richards, Bellamy, Adebayor, Wright-Phillips
Ratings: Given - 8, Richards - 8, Toure (c) - 8, Lescott - 8, Bridge - 7.5, de Jong - 8.5, Ireland - 6, Barry - 8, SWP - 8, Adebayor - 8, Bellamy - 8.5
My Man of the Match: Nigel de Jong
Man of the Match - Polls: Craig Bellamy

20th September 2009, Rags 4 - 3 CITY

Scorers: Barry, Bellamy 2
Ratings: Given - 8.5, Richards - 5.5, Toure (c) - 7, Lescott - 6, Bridge - 6, de Jong - 8, Ireland - 5, Barry - 7, SWP - 6, Tevez - 8, Bellamy - 9
My Man of the Match: Craig Bellamy
Man of the Match - Polls: Craig Bellamy

05th October 2009, Villa 1 - 1 CITY

Scorers: Bellamy
Ratings: Given - 7, Zabaleta - 7, Toure (c) - 7, Lescott - 6, Bridge - 7, SWP - 6.5, de Jong - 6, Barry - 7, Tevez - 6, Adebayor - 7, Bellamy - 8.5
My Man of the Match: Craig Bellamy
Man of the Match - Polls: Craig Bellamy

21st November 2009, Liverpool 2 - 2 CITY

Scorers: Adebayor, Ireland
Ratings: Given - 7, Zabaleta - 5.5, Toure (c) - 6, Lescott - 7.5, Bridge - 4, de Jong - 8, Barry - 6, SWP - 7, Ireland - 8, Adebayor - 6, Bellamy - 6, Tevez (sub) - 7.5
My Man of the Match: Stephen Ireland
Man of the Match - Polls: Nigel de Jong

02nd December 2009, CITY 3 - 0 Arsenal

Scorers: Tevez, Wright-Phillips, Weiss
Ratings: Given - 6, Richards - 7, Toure - 6, Lescott - 7.5, Bridge - 6, Barry - 6.5, Ireland - 7, SWP - 9, Tevez - 8, Bellamy - 9, Adebayor - 6
My Man of the Match: Shaun Wright-Phillips
Man of the Match - Polls: Shaun Wright-Phillips

05th December 2009, CITY 2 - 1 Chelsea

Scorers: Adebayor. Tevez
Ratings: Given - 8, Richards - 8.5, Toure (c) - 8, Lescott - 8, Bridge - 7, de Jong - 9.5, Barry - 8, SWP - 8, Tevez - 8.5, Robinho - 8, Adebayor - 7
My Man of the Match: Nigel de Jong
Man of the Match - Polls: Nigel de Jong

16th December 2009, Spurs 3 - 0 CITY

Scorers: None
Ratings: Given - 5.5, Richards - 6, Toure (c) - 5, Onouha - 6.5, Sylvinho - 4, de Jong - 7, Barry - 5, Ireland - 7, Tevez - 6.5, Robinho - 5, Adebayor - 4
My Man of the Match: Stephen Ireland
Man of the Match - Polls: Stephen Ireland

19th January 2010, Carling Cup 1, CITY 2 - 1 Rags

Scorers: Tevez 2
Ratings: Given - 9, Richards - 6.5, Boyata - 7, Kompany - 9, Garrido - 7, Zabaleta - 8.5, de Jong - 9.5, Barry - 8, SWP - 9, Bellamy - 9, Tevez - 9
My Man of the Match: Nigel de Jong
Man of the Match - Polls: Carlos Tevez

27th January 2010, Carling Cup 2, Rags 3 - 1 CITY (4-3 agg)

Scorers: Tevez
Ratings: Given - 7.5, Richards - 8.5, Boyata - 8, Kompany - 9, Garrido - 5, Zabaleta - 7, de Jong - 7, Barry - 6, SWP - 6, Tevez - 8, Bellamy - 8.5
My Man of the Match: Vincent Kompany
Man of the Match - Polls: Vincent Kompany

21st February 2010, CITY 0 - 0 Liverpool

Scorers: None
Ratings: Given - 6, Zabaleta - 9, Kompany - 8, Lescott - 8.5, Bridge - 7, de Jong - 8, Barry - 6, SWP - 5, A Johnson - 6, Ireland - 4, Adebayor - 5
My Man of the Match: Pablo Zabaleta
Man of the Match - Polls: Pablo Zabaleta

27th February 2010, Chelsea 2 - 4 CITY

Scorers: Tevez 2, Bellamy 2
Ratings: Given - 8, Richards - 6, Kompany - 8, Lescott - 8.5, Bridge - 7.5, Zabaleta - 8, de Jong - 8, Barry - 8, A Johnson - 6, Tevez - 9.5, Bellamy - 9
My Man of the Match: Carlos Tevez
Man of the Match - Polls: Carlos Tevez

Total Goalscorers:

Carlos Tevez: 7
Craig Bellamy: 6
Emmanuel Adebayor: 3
Shaun Wright-Phillips: 2
Gareth Barry: 1
Stephen Ireland: 1
Micah Richards: 1
Vladimir Weiss: 1

Just looking at these figures; it is quite clear that Bellamy and Tevez produce the goods on the big occasions.

My Man of the Match Awards Total:

Nigel de Jong: 3
Craig Bellamy: 2
Stephen Ireland: 2
Vincent Kompany: 1
Carlos Tevez: 1
Shaun Wright-Phillips: 1
Pablo Zabaleta: 1

Man of the Match - Poll Awards:

Craig Bellamy: 3
Nigel de Jong: 2
Carlos Tevez: 2
Vincent Kompany: 1
Stephen Ireland: 1
Shaun Wright-Phillips: 1
Pablo Zabaleta: 1

From all this info I come to the simple conclusion that Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez are our true big game players. They always rise to the occasion and if you wanted two people fighting your corner in a scrap; it would definetely be those two.

Thoughts?






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Writer: bigal84 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 6 2010

Time: 3:47PM

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Can't argue with that Scragg. Tevez and Bellamy have to be the front runners for City's player of the season.
Bluedub
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06/03/2010 15:57:00

I'll publish the rating averages in another article
scragg
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06/03/2010 20:44:00

God bless tevez and bellamy. City really want to beat the big teams and send out a statement. We need some small game performers, the draws against wigan, burnley, hull etc are crippling us.
Super City Slicker
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06/03/2010 23:47:00

WE are having our best season for decades, lets hope we finish in style.
Buzz Lightyear
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07/03/2010 10:24:00

Besides being a big game player, Tevez is also a big busty blonde player....away from home of course........oh yes, and a BIG FECKIN HYPOCRITE TOO! You never could trust an Argie.
mutters
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07/03/2010 10:41:00

.....and more to the point, how the hell will he play football when he returns from his hometown next time.........WITH NO LEGS!!!!!!!
mutters
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07/03/2010 14:15:00

Great stuff Scraggster!
Johnny Baguette
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07/03/2010 19:09:00

Merlin and Mutters - which tem mates (ex?)girlfriend did Tevez sleep with?
Bluedub
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07/03/2010 22:54:00

Sorry Merlin, don't know why I posted your name there, one too many methinks lol
Bluedub
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08/03/2010 02:04:00

Good article Scragg - don't think you're telling us something that all us City fans didn't know but it's good to see the facts.
Thaibluefan
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08/03/2010 02:14:00

You're right TBF, I just wanted to have a proper look into it
scragg
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08/03/2010 20:12:00

So.... No Bellendamy and no Tevez and what are City??
Championship side at best :)
niteworlok
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08/03/2010 22:44:00

Thanks for the input there Niteworlok, typical Rag knows f all about football.
Bluedub
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09/03/2010 09:33:00

I don't think Petyrov ever came to the big parties and I don't think playing on the right did his game any good
Buzz Lightyear
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12/03/2010 07:29:00

 

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