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Now that we've had a few hours to digest what we experienced yesterday I have to ask myself precisely what it is that Blackburn Rovers contribute to the Premier League? They played no discernable football, practically none of their so -called fans could be bothered to make the short trip (800 in all) and they spend the entire 90 minutes ensuring that the overall day represents poor value for money.

If your team has any pretence of becoming a top four resident you have to get at these teams early with width and pace, get your early goal, then patiently put them to the sword.

So City started with old man Vieira and Toure Yaya, who looked as though he has spent Eid camped out in a Kebab House, at the heart of the team. Unbelievable. Wright-Phillips might have gotten some game time for England this week, but once again didn't really deliver. Why did we buy Silva?

The back line looked solid enough and we had no reason to worry about Joe Hart (!) but why did we go out with a team leaving Tevez toiling away on his own up front amongst Blackburn's giant defenders?

There is no doubt that Johnson terrified them down the right but time and again his great work is undone because there is no supporting surge from midfield to convert the chances he creates into goals.

This was a performance of the type that cost the former manager of both of these teams his job last year. The bottom line is that if you can't get your new players into the starting team because they are injured, in the end you can only pick a similar team to that which you had last year. As a consequence you get similar results.

This match needed Toure Yaya and Milner to take midfield by the scruff of the neck. They didn't. It needed SWP and Johnson to get wide and deliver the killer ball into the six yard box. They did to an extent but poor Tevez could only work like a warrior amongst men as he was hustled, bustled and battered in the land of giants.

The sick bay at Carrington must be the most expensive one on record and it is very important that we get these players up and running. One performance and six weeks off is not too good (or a handful of performances and 18 months off if you are Santa Cruz). There is no doubt that Balotelli would have sorted Samba et al out yesterday.

It is time that Silva started to get involved. If there is a fear about his build, we shouldn't have bought him, but if you examine his short cameo yesterday, his ability to drift off defenders, receive the ball and then place a deadly pass is incredible. It was his pass that created the mayhem at the end when Tevez was denied by Robinson and Jo could not scramble the pickings into the net.

And what of Blacburn? They get a free kick in stoppage time, which is crying out for a far post onslaught, all giants present and correct and what do they do? Waste time by asking the manager what they should do. They end up playing it into the corner looking for a throw-in. I ask again - what do Blackbrun contribute to the premier league?

So for the first time this season we come up with a result poorer than last year's corresponding match. It is difficult to operate a squad system when you have not played your best eleven yet, but at least it was a weekend of odd results and the only predicability was Chelsea, who look to be in different gear so far this year. Arsenal and Stretford are already losing ground and need us to deliver the goods on 25 September. Based upon yesterday I doubt that it will happen. Does anybody know the whereabouts of Craig Bellamy?

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Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Sunday September 12 2010
Time: 9:42AM


Pedmachine, at VE, we have had this talk, and slowly and sadly this is what football could be turning into, I mean take a look at the WC, the majority of those games were substandard at best. Teams will do the best they can to get results, and Blackburn feel that the best way to get points is to play rugby, it is sad but you have to deal with it, and champion teams can take all 3 pts against these types of teams (of course not calling City *****e because Everton lost to Blackburn)
12/09/2010 11:21:00
Someone's sore about yesterday.... instead of jumping on the "Blackburn-play-Rugby" bandwagon as your ***** poor excuse how about you take a look at your own team... you've got more money than sense... its obvious that buying 7+ players every season wont do the team chemistry good... you could buy 2 best players from every country, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll gel together in an instant.
12/09/2010 11:30:00
Hax - I think you'll find, if you read the full article, that the open paragraph is critical of the crude tactics that Blackbrun adopt, as well as a paragraph further down with reference to their spoiling again. However the main bulk of the article is rightly criticising City's inability to break down a poor footballing side. It is questioning Mancini's tactics and criticising some City players for not being up to scratch yesterday. Could you not come up with something a bit more constructive than jumping on the 'you can't buy a team, stating the bloody obvious bandwagon'. Very well written article Ped, a fair critique of Mancini and City, as well as rightfully acknowledging Blacburn's spoiling tactics, without which they would have left Eastlands pointless.
12/09/2010 11:51:00
Sour grapes Hax.
12/09/2010 12:42:00
P.Villa - ?
12/09/2010 12:52:00
Why do you keep callin me p.villa, is it too hard for you too read my name or are you seriously that mentally challenged? And my comment referred to how bitter you lot are about blackburn getting a good point against you and slating there style of play...Its how footballs played these days move on get over it they deserved a point, end of.
12/09/2010 13:31:00
As I pointed out to Hax, we are aware that City's performance wasn't good enough, and have acknowledged as much. It is also a fact that Blackburn's spoiling tactics earned them a point, which has also been acknowledged and bemoaned. You obviously didn't watch the game if you believe Blackburn deserved their point. Fair play to them getting it, but let's be honest we gift wrapped it for them. Not bitter, just saying it how it was. That ok for you P. Villa?
12/09/2010 13:43:00
You may have not got the 3 points because of 'your' own performance but thats how football is these days, But still you and others blame the ref and blackburns 'rugby' style tactics which is ridiculous...The ref cannot go and score a goal for you and if blackburn tried to match football played by bigger teams they would get destroyed every game, I dont see other teams moaning when stoke who are the worse at it give them a physical battering..It's the way the games played now. Give a team credit where its due, there defending was good and your attacking poor, you should be concerned about your team and not blackburns tactics.
12/09/2010 13:56:00
However if a team plays aggressive and physical they should be treated appropriately. Tevez was having his legs hacked to shreds by the Blackburn players yesterday and Clattenburg blew his whistle very few times. Yet strangely when the air of Manchester brushed the neck hairs of any Blackburn player (and for such dirty b@stards they do go down easily) the whistle was blown. Check out Vieira's shirt-pulling yellow vs. Salgado's shirt-pulling slap on the wrist.
12/09/2010 14:01:00
P. Villa - we are talking about the game here, there was TWO teams involved in case you hadn't noticed. Should we as City fans ignore what the opposition brought to the game, and just concentrate on our own deficiencies? No one on here is solely blaming the referee or Blackburn's tactics. It is just rightly being acknowledged in match reports that these were contributing factors in the outcome of the game. How about now P.Villa, is it ok now?
12/09/2010 14:06:00
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