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VMC Man Of The Match Versus Sunderland

Adam Johnson's lively substitute appearance and sublime stoppage time equaliser were more than enough to secure the VMC Forum vote for MOTM at the Stadium of Light...

Otherwise, this was a wretched City performance that only sprang into life in a blockbuster of a second half.

That said, The Black Cats are emerging from a long, dark winter of discontent firing on all cylinders.

In the scheme of things, they could well have a say in which club secures a 4th placed Premier League finish this season.

Wearside is going to be a difficult place to go for the remainder of this season and most notably, Spurs have to go their in April.

If The Mackems can take this form on the road, then Villa and Liverpool can both expect a game later this month.

Back to City, and after Johnno, Craig Bellamy's running, Joleon Lescott's continued improvement and Patrick Vieira's promising performance were all recognised by the VMC worldwide community:

11. Adam Johnson [60%]
39. Craig Bellamy [20%]
19. Joleon Lescott [13.33%]
24. Patrick Vieira [6.67%]
1. Shay Given [0%]
2. Micah Richards [0%]
33. Vincent Kompany [0%]
3. Wayne Bridge [0%]
8. Shaun Wright-Phillips [0%]
5. Pablo Zabaleta [0%]
34. Nigel De Jong [0%]
18. Gareth Barry [0%]
32. Carlos Tevez [0%]
14. Roque Santa Cruz [0%]

The Story So Far:
FA Premier League unless stated

Carlos Tevez, 6 (Bolton A, Spurs A, Wolves A, Blackburn H, the rags H, LCSF1, Chelsea A)
Nigel de Jong, 5 (Fulham H LC R3, West Ham H, Wigan Athletic A, Liverpool A, Chelsea 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)
Wayne Bridge, 3 (Fulham H, Hull A, Stoke H, FAC5)
Adam Johnson, 2 (Bolton, H, Sunderland A)
Micah Richards, 2 (the rags A LCSF2, Stoke A)
Emmanuel Adebayor, 2 (Wolves H, Portsmouth H)
Shay Given, 2 (Birmingham A, Everton A)
Pablo Zabaleta, 1 (Liverpool H)
Martin Petrov, 1 (Scunthorpe A FAC4)
Vincent Kompany, 1 (Middlesbrough A FAC3)
Roque Santa Cruz, 1 (Scunthorpe H LC R4)

City's 1-1 throwaway against Hull City and the FA Cup exit at Stoke registered no winner.

VMC's Previous Man Of The Season:

2007-2008 Elano Blumer
2008-2009 Stephen Ireland

Stay Tuned With VMC As Our Mini Season Of Destiny Continues!

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The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 15 2010

Time: 10:54AM

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SWP was my man of the match. He really showed why he's worth that 100k a week he's asking for.
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15/03/2010 11:23:00

Not a bad show from your lads. Really Thought you should have won.
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15/03/2010 11:44:00

Great second half performane and Johnson was magic.
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15/03/2010 12:32:00

if only we could have played like we did in the second half for 90 minutes.
buzz lightyear
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15/03/2010 15:04:00

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it Ian Wright wright WRONG!
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15/03/2010 18:53:00

What a corker of a goal that was!
Johnny Baguette
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15/03/2010 19:05:00

Spoke volumes that our subersup convincingly won the man of the match poll. Too many poor performances, betetr second half, even better when Johno came to the party.
Once a Blue
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15/03/2010 20:07:00

Is there space on the plane for Johnno now that "Goldenballs" is crocked? Watch this space...
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15/03/2010 21:17:00

They took Walcott and he had never played a game for Arsenal, I don't see why Johnno could not be in the squad, I hope he starts Saturday.
buzz lightyear
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16/03/2010 04:14:00

He's going to be on the plane. Sure of it. Capello has been sounding out Mancio regulalrly according to this bloke I know who knows a bloke who said so.
Johnny Baguette
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16/03/2010 07:10:00

Why magic johnson didnt start in the 1st place is beyond me. The kid is pure class, you can tell he can be special. Swp has to perform better to keep his place and earn a new contract.
Super City Slicker
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16/03/2010 07:15:00

I'm sure there are better players to take to South Africa than Johnson out there.
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16/03/2010 07:25:00

Maybe there are Khoder, but who?
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16/03/2010 08:50:00

It could well be between Johnno and SWP and who would you pick?
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16/03/2010 09:06:00

As things stand, it's got to be at least er, one of them.
Johnny Baguette
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16/03/2010 09:27:00

I thought RSC did well against sunderland, even if his shooting was abysmal. He held the ball up well in the final third and allowed other players to get invloved in the play. I am only mentioning this because everyone was having a go at him, he didnt stand out, im just giving public support! Adam Johnson was immense and his goal was something we would only ever expect to come from a Brazilian!
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16/03/2010 16:57:00

It would make more sense to take a player like Milner or Young, Johnson's undoubtedly a good young player with a bright career ahead of him but playing at that level, I'm not so sure. I'd prefer someone with more experience, that may not necessarily be in better form.
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