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VMC's Some Might Say: Sunderland Throwaway

VMC's Some Might Say: Sunderland Throwaway

Post Match Reaction to the painful defeat by The Mackems from the Stadium of Light movers and shakers and the VMC Forum history makers...

Roberto Mancini:

'This is football, these situations can happen. We played fantastic football in the first half and had three or four incredible chances. But in football if you don't score you take a risk. It can happen to any striker - it happened to me!

'I think if we had scored in the first half we probably would have won easy. Carlos was upset afterwards, but that is normal.

'Football can be very strange.'

The Blues' boss was concerned at how City went ragged in the second period:

'I don't understand why, in the second half we were pulled round and allowed Sunderland to play much better than they did in the first half. They found it easier to play.

The problem Mancio faces now is that City do not have a chance to put this right immediately:

'I am frustrated because now we have two weeks before we play again. It's better to go into a break with a win or even a draw, but after the first half today, I would not have thought we could have lost this game.

'It's vital we understand why we lost this game because there will be times when the other team plays 10 men behind the ball. We must be patient, but if we don't take our chances we will make it hard for ourselves.'

Steve Bruce:

'I don't think there was any doubt it was a penalty. Maybe it was what we deserved for our endeavour and attitude. It was an intense game and it was always going to be. City have an array of talent when you look at who was coming off the bench.

'Man for man today it was all about what the Premier League is. We passed it well but the great thing is everyone stuck at their jobs and it was good to see us being resolute...Tevez will probably never miss a like that again but we were due a bit of luck.'

Darren Bent:

'First half was about trying to contain them - they're a top, top side. Second half, they gave us more space and the lads seemed to rise to the challenge. We probably had the better of the play in the second half.


'Bad play all around today, including the manager. Let's put this one behind us and assume it's an aberration. We're still feeling out our best eleven, but we could really use Jerome and Alex back ASAP.'


'Lads, we can blame Micah all day, and it was idiotic, but the whole team performance in the second half simply wasn't good enough. We gave a team of hoofers far too much time on the ball and allowed them to come at us. On the whole we probably deserved that defeat, for not taking our chances when they came, and, for, like I said previously letting Sunderland getting a foothold in the game.'


'Whatever happens during the 90 mins it's the team that scores the most that deserve to win. Sunderland popped one in, we didn't - congrats to them for a deserved 3 points...'


'I know we've got a long way to go before we are consistent, but I'll tell you what - I'm almost tempted to vote for Micah Richards as MoTM, as it strikes me that every manager we've had since Pearce has seen SOMETHING in the lad that I for one have been struggling to see. What is it about him that makes managers pick him? Is it the stupid fouling? The almost total lack of positional sense? The way he jogs back to defend after one of his forays upfield?'

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Writer:Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk
Date:Sunday August 29 2010
Time: 7:51PM


Every cloud has a silver lining, or so the saying goes. A defeat, especially one snatched from the jaws of victory like this one, will hurt. But let's face it - a lot of our fans have had their expectations raised to unrealistic levels by our comprehensive defeat of Liverpool. Nobody wanted to lose today, but at least we've been brought down to earth with a relatively soft bump. Now everyone will realise that we've some way to go before all the new players are integrated (it would help having at least one of our 1st choice fullbacks back in action rather than a 2nd and 3rd choice starting!), the formation is perfected and match fitness is up to PL standards. The season is a marathon, not a sprint, so it's better to have a setback today than to have our expectations grow during the break only to be shattered in the next match. CTID!
29/08/2010 21:47:00
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29/08/2010 22:40:00
Have not seen the game so unsure if we deserved something from it. Losing like this is a horrible way to lose which on the surface of it we do not seem to have learnt from last year in losing in injury time. We also need to think back 2 weeks ago when lets be honest we deserved nothing against Spurs and got a point and I said at the time there will be future games where we deserve something out of the game and get nothing. One thing I will say is that Im still not a fan of the very defensive tactics Mancini is using. Playing Tevez up front on his own takes an option away in attack i.e. I dont really see Tevez winning many aerial battles so you can only really play it to his feet or space.
29/08/2010 23:10:00
I thought Tevez was trying too hard to make up for his miss so didn't play well rest of the game. We definitley deserved something from the game though. Will be interesting to see if he makes any changes to the team when we Blackburn in our next game.
29/08/2010 23:14:00
City better first half , Sunderland Second , but 30 million and cant score from 5 yards hahahahahahahaha , Oh we are all lining up to laugh at you lot when you slip up !!!! , YaYa Toure is making me eat my words though , Looking very good now , But hmmm Silva on the bench ?????
29/08/2010 23:24:00
ODDJOB - I guess that makes you a bit of a saddo then innit? Actually, more than a bit. Saddo.
29/08/2010 23:58:00
It is abit sad ODDJOB, they are just a football team at the end of the day, No doubt they will get a lot of stick if they dont win the league or get fourth but bit pointless.
30/08/2010 00:46:00
Oddjob - quite an apt name, laughing at another club when they get beaten by a team you don't support, very odd that you get your kicks from that.
30/08/2010 02:51:00
Oddjob, you're right mate. Tevez. 31 goals in 42 City starts. An abject failure. Get rid.
Johnny Baguette
30/08/2010 08:03:00
Silva is being eased into the PL. Remember a certain Luka Modric was being labelled a flop by many in his first season, this sort of player needs time to adjust and adapt. Silva already shows flashes of what we can expect but it will take time.
30/08/2010 10:08:00
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