VMC's Some Might Say: The Bolton 1-0 Battering
City have stretched their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions, six in the league. Time for a bit of Post Match Reaction from pitchside to postings in our forums...
The dandy City gaffer was in philosophical mood after the latest win which should have seen City rack up a hatful of goals against a resurgent Bolton side:
'We deserved to win but we made it hard for ourselves...I'm not sure if it was one of our best performances. We also had a lot of chances against Blackpool and Birmingham, but we must improve when are in front of goal, especially at home...Their keeper made four or five good saves, and we were selfish at times. We made mistakes when we could have scored.'
The boss then turned his attention to Carlos Tevez's 5th booking of the season which will see him miss the important momentum chasing game at West Ham. He also rued the sending off of Aleksander Kolarov by the absolutely brutal referee Andre Marriner:
'With Carlos I agree with the referee, he deserved that yellow card. But I do not agree with the linesman with the sending off, I don't think that was a good decision.'
The Bolton boss decided to go for the money angle in explaining away his side's total inability to cope with City's attacking play:
'Coming to an elite club as they certainly are, having spent £300million, you certainly don't want to be chasing the game early as we were.'
However, Coyle maintained that Bolton competed and seemed to turn a blind eye to some of his City's near misses:
'I felt we grew into the game and started to cause them one or two problems. Not getting to our previous heights, but you have to bear in mind the quality we're up against...Second half Manchester City had some chances. Jussi made a couple of big saves. They've hit the woodwork, but we were always in the game...Truth be told we could have very easily got the equaliser.'
'I can see Chelsea dropping away because their poor run is continuing and report is Everton battered them. Anything is possible as we get to know each other better. Will bringing in new players help or hinder?
God its good to be blue!'
'Very important win. Granted we should have won by a few more goals but I'm still pleased. Silva was class once again; he makes football look easy and had Bolton crapping themselves everytime he got the ball. Yaya was excellent in the first half,
his first touch always took him away from the defender. Barry was also very good in the middle. Kompany also deserves a mention, he was quality once again today. Overall I'm very pleased with that and the gap with Chelsea has decreased to just 1 point.'
Pacific Ocean Blue:
'Great performance. Unlucky to not get rub of the green in front of goal and a poor official.'
Thai Blue Fan:
'That's the most one sided game I've watched all season, 6-0 to City wouldn't have been overstating what the score should have been.'
'Great performance marred only by shocking finishing and a bad referee (again). But we pulled away from Spurs and Bolton and are right in the thick of things at the top now!'
'...Three points off the lead still, even though Arsenal almost made it closer for us. A Spurs draw keeps us firmly in 4th, with a (supposedly) easy game next week, even though we'll be thin on players. Chelsea's poor run of form (perhaps the papers will attack them now) sees us a point behind them, and two points behind the rags, who will not fare easily when they do finally play Blackpool.'
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