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VMC's Some Might Say: Newcastle Tough-Out



Post Match Reaction to City's gruelling 2-1 win over Newcastle from the Eastlands movers and shakers and the VMC Forum history makers...

Brian Kidd:

'If you want to be in contention to win the Premier League you've got to be able to play, fight and dig results out and win ugly...All credit to Newcastle who I though were terrific today. We weren't really at the races in the first half, but the players all knew that and their response after the break was terrific...I think three games in a week took their toll somewhat, but top teams have to cope with that and occasionally you will get performances that look a little lacklustre, but the best teams respond and dig results out, which is what we did today.'

As we go into the international break, The Citizens' second in command looked at the bigger picture as Mario Balotelli, Aleksander Kolarov and numerous other City stars move closer to returning to full fitness:

'We've gone second in the table and while the game might not have been for the purist, it was pleasing that we stuck at it and came away with three points. We've got a lot of substance in the squad now and after today's performance, I know this team have a real chance this season...When you look at our bench, it's only going to get stronger in the next few weeks so when everyone is fit, we've players in all positions who can change a game. I think the boss deserves great credit today because he changed things around a few times and then brings on Adam who comes up with the winner.'

Chris Hughton:

'The news is not good on Ben Arfa. It seems as if he's got a broken leg. When something like that happens and then to have some incredible decisions go against us, it's hard to take...We came here knowing it is going to be hard enough, but two horrendous decisions went against us...My first view was that Mike Williamson played the ball and that the initial contact is outside the penalty box...'

And of Martin Atkinson's other decision:

'We've already seen it. Lescott loses his footing and of course - absolute penalty.'

snowleopard:

'Well the mark of true champions is winning even when you're playing crap! Based on this we have to win the PL!!'

robinwho?:

'Not very convincing but great 3 points and 2nd place above the rags can't be bad!'

eighthsin:

'Poor performance and lucky with the penalties. Fullbacks contributed to most of our defensive frailties. ..However, we still won despite looking dodgy. 3 points and second in the league. Get in!'

Blue ponderer:

'Thank god for that! The only ggod thing about this performance is that we won on a bad day with alittle help from the ref...'





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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 3 2010

Time: 5:36PM

Your Comments

Great result considering we were crap. We were boring to watch - again. The biggest under performer today was mancini, three defensive midfielders at home especially against newcastle is stupid. Messiyaya is our "attacking" midfielder, yet hes slow, cant beat a man and can dictate play. This no critism to him, because he is a defensive midfielder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why does mancini commit such mismangement? Till jonhson came on, abebadbuyor partnered tevez, milner went centre midfield and silva went wondering, we looked like a team worth 200million. Its not accepptable watching a team that has no shots on target and no entertainment value. Todays win is just papering the cracks. I hope city play with more attackers at home in the future.
Sheikh Mansour
SM - I agree with the sentiment of your post in that we need to be more adventurous in our attacking play, especially at home. However, Yaya Toure is not exclusively a defensive midfielder, have a look at some footage of him playing for Monaco, where he played in amore advanced role than he did for Barca. Admittedly he wasn't at the races today, but the same can be said for the majority of the team.
bluedub
Not pretty but I will take the three points and move on ....
Doody
Sheik why dont you just sack the manager it you're not happy with the appointment? You can also buy each player a new phone so you can manage the team from your armchair your highness lol.
me_innit
They all get found out sooner or later, talking about we looked like 200 million, keep it coming. We didn't play our best but still got the result with a wonder AJ strike who came on as an impact sub, job done, congrats to the manager and the team, we can only get better.
me_innit
When Adebayor and Johnson came on we had 5 attackers (Tevez, Ade, Johnson, Silva and Milner). Who says we are too cautious? I think a lot of Mancini's detractors are guilty of impatience - the man has himself come out and said that we will not see the real Manchester City until he has his first choice full backs and Balotelli back in action. Then I'm sure all of the "we're boring" brigade will happily eat their words.
fifthcolumnblue
 

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