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The Ped Report - WBA 2-1 City

The Ped Report - WBA 2-1 City

Already one trophy is out of sight for City this season and that will be disappointing to the Blue Mooners.

Mancini told us that he would be firing on all fronts in the hunt for silverware, but like most of the leading clubs paid some disrespect to the last trophy to find its way into the Maine Road cabinet by fielding half a dozen academy products against a more or less full strength West Bromwich Albion as City joined Chelsea and Liverpool on the exit chute.

One the one hand it is pleasing to see some of the youngsters getting their opportunity, but the leap from the type of football they have been playing to a cup tie against a Premier League side is a mighty one. And it needn't have looked that way had Guidetti taken the chances thast came his way, one forcing a double save from Myhill. Equally Cunningham and Vidal were given a torrid time chasing the very lively Tchoyi and Barnes, who provided width for the Baggies and served up several potential assists of their own. On the other hand it is disappointing to be handing Stretford another chance to move the clock on and enhance their chances of winning what is probably their best or only opportunity of a trophy this season.

City went in front quite early - 19 mins - when Jo pounced on some good work from Guidetti, who has that languid gait of Chris Waddle and who for me really is starting to look as though he has truly made the most of his recent loan spell away in Scandinavia.

Shay Given turned in a very competitive performance but was helpless against the two chances that ended up in the back of his net in quick succession just before the hour mark. City's season total in the goals against column doubled at the drop of a hat.

Marking should have perhaps been closer for the twin strikes from Zuiverloon and Cox.

Santa Cruz once again looked off the pace with no heart for battle. His heart is probably more aligned with the transfer window. He has disappointed me from the moment he joined City and cannot still be suffering from that injury.

In the end and despite City throwing on Zabaleta to shore up the defence, Silva and Milner to try to snatch an equaliser, West Brom saw the match out and were worthy winners in the end. Mancini feels it is said that the League Cup was not a priority. For me every cup is worth winning especially as the cupboard has been bare for so long.

So we now move on the facing Chelsea at home on Saturday and without a full back four as Richards has now joined the injury list. I think that Mancini must play Zabaleta at left back and I would go with Boyata at right back assuming Boateng doesn't make it. Against that background I would go with:

Hart: Boyata, Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta
Milner, De Jong, Barry, Yaya, Silva: Tevez

Probably a bit hard on Johnson but he could be an impact player later on.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Thursday September 23 2010
Time: 12:00PM


Another excellent summing up Ped.
Johnny Baguette
23/09/2010 12:55:00
Great review, we have so many injuries it's unreal. I can understand Mancini's selection and know that a 4th place finish is our priority, but it was obvious we were struggling at half time. Mancini needed to bring on Zabaleta and Kompany. Looking forward to the Chelsea game, If we don't put on a real battle then I will look back at the carling cup as a wasted opportunity.
23/09/2010 14:19:00
Hey hey forget about West Brom. There are bigger games ahead and we are expecting some help!
23/09/2010 17:45:00
Help for what FU, you don't seriously think your lot can challenge Chelsea this year, regardless of what happens Saturday, do you?
23/09/2010 18:21:00
We did the double over Chelsea last year FU, it didn't help you. The way things are going, Chelsea are going to walk the league unless they slip up. Arsenal, to me, seem like the only team who may be able to keep up with them.
23/09/2010 18:58:00
I suspect a fully fit City team would be more than capable of keeping Chelsea within reach - unfortunately I can't see us ever having a fully fit team what with the rate our players are going down!
23/09/2010 20:23:00
We lost with our youngster team away, Chelsea lost at home...Psychologically we shouldn't be at a disadvantage at all, and with our best players back for the weekend except for defence we should be able to give Chelsea some change for their money. My bet is on a draw, but a win is not impossible!
Blue ponderer
23/09/2010 21:47:00
Nonsense! Chelsea's most difficult fixture this season has been West Ham away? There's still a loooot of difficult games to come! We just have to get Rio fit for 80% of our fixtures and I wouldnt bet against us! Stu - That was all the help we needed but had all the chances in the world at Blackburn and didnt take it. We also lost at home to them on a offside goal which ultimately decided the league. We should've won that league last year no question!
23/09/2010 22:57:00
FU - LMFAO! Did you ever consider doing stand up? You've got some great material there. A Rag blaming a refereeing decision on costing them the league. My sides are splitting here.
24/09/2010 09:54:00
FU - Yes we've had our share of GOOD AND BAD luck but its very hard to accept when its against your title rivals and Drogba was 40 yards offside!
24/09/2010 13:55:00
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