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Post Match Reaction to a game which has has been described by some punters as including the finest first half performance from a Premier League side so far this season...

Desperate hacks, eager to drool over another City stalemate were crestfallen at the final whistle after The Citizens thumped Fulham to close in on the wobbling league leaders. Mancio, again backed vociferously by City's loud support was in defiant mood:

Roberto Mancini:

'Last week I was a stupid manager who was six points behind. Now, I am the best manager because I am only three points off the top of the league. This is not important. We must continue to work and improve every game, every day. Only that way can we win...But if we have a big problem and a big crisis and we are only three points behind United and Chelsea, then we are doing well...the players today were fantastic.'

Fulham gaffer Mark Hughes was as ever a model professional in the face of defeat but had failed to employ a Plan B with his side on the ropes. He was respectfully acknowledged by his former players at the end of the game:

Mark Hughes:

'If City have belief and there's forward-thinking, and maybe they can be more attack-minded - as they were today - on more occasions, there is no reason why they shouldn't be contenders... They were excellent. We were complicit in that with the time we let them have. But they've got as good a chance as anybody.

'On a professional level I don't like being beaten in that manner by anybody.'


eighthsin:

'Best performance of the season. Everyone put in a shift, we defended, created chances and put them away...If we can continue to perform like this on a consistent basis then we will finally be able to silence the boo boys who claim Mancini has no attacking intent.'

fifthcolumnblue:

'Mancini out...We should have won by twelvty goals, and I'm absolutely certain our players passed the ball backwards on more than one occasion. Not good enough, we need to be beating the likes of Fulham by at least 9000 goals per game, and WTF was he doing bringing Tevez off for a goalkeeper?'

StuMCFC:

'Epic performance, brilliant performances all around (OK, Jo wasn't so brilliant but put a shift in and played well by his standards). MotM is difficult, as Silva was again great and Kolarov showed why he is 50 times the player Bridge is, but I'll go for the man who led by example, the heart and soul of Manchester City... King Carlos Tevez. All hail the king!'

neverstops:

'Tevez deserves his wages, who would disagree this!! Even the media should agree with his pay package...I thank the rags for not even trying to extend his contract..!'

CITY GO TO STOKE ON VMC:

Head for the VMC Match Day Experience Forum for the build up and beyond to City's next tough mission at Shouty Pulis' Stoke.






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Writer: Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 21 2010

Time: 7:55PM

Your Comments

Sparky magnanimous in defeat.
Johnny Baguette
Can't fault Hughes for his reaction to the defeat, but as he proved at City he is totally incapable of changing a game when his team are on the ropes. I think we've now resolved the "Who's better, Hughes or Mancini" argument for good. Seeing Bowen Hughes and Niedzwiecki moping about on the touchline like rabbits caught in the headlights was the highlight of my day.
fifthcolumnblue
Hughes I did like but those others you mention as well as Hitchcock are not up to scratch. Hughes sticks with them though and will probably keep paying the penalties. At the end of the day Hughes was a quality pan-European footballer the others? Well two pretty poor ex-goalies and a pretty average defender. Enough said
pedmachine
Hughes is history now. Mancio is 'the man'. City are a different team now than when Hughes was in charge. Kolarov and Boateng as full-backs are better than Bridge and Richards any day of the week. Yaya Toure is starting to find his feet in the Premiership and will get better. We will have Supermario in our ranks again shortly. All these are Mancio purchases. Hang on to hour hats ladies and gentlemen the fun is about to begin.
CITYBOY1000
I love the quotes by Mancini. Excellent reaction to the media and I think he stood up for all of the managers in the league, especially this season since Bolton now sits in 5th, in that the league has suddenly gotten that much better. With the addition of Jo in the lineup I think we were that much better going forward. Seems strange, I know, but I just feel that his presence made the team better.
PhillyBlueMoon
Mario for Jo against Stoke and let's see if we can repeat this performance.
Thaibluefan
Very impressive and there's no argument about who's better between Hughes and Mancini. Though I do think you shouldn't forget Hughes contribution to the team, arguably he set up the pedestal the Mancini is currently on. You talk of his transfers as being poor when he got you Given, Toure, Bellamy and, best of all, Tevez. You say Kolarov is better than Bridge (no argument really) but the conditions Mancini and Hughes had to work in are completely different.
TheFamousNo7
 

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