Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday February 6 2011
City's 12th clean sheet of the season, bolstered by Carlos Tevez arriving at 49 Sky blue goals has given everyone associated with the club a timely lift...
Post Match Reaction to City securing the double over West Brom from management teams to VMCers in our forums...
'We pushed players on in the first half. We knew that when we played at the Hawthorns our full-backs played in their half...The manager re-enforced that before the game and we did it well which allowed Carlos Tevez and David Silva to find pockets of space and exploit it. It was almost like having a numerical advantage going forward....Carlos has hit the post as well in the first half and we could have had more than three. As pleased as we were with the first half we were disappointed that we didn't add to it in the second when there was a bit of disappointment...It was one of those game where you don't need half-time because you know that no matter how much you try to tell the players to go out and build on what they have done...they know the game is effectively closed down.'
Roberto Di Matteo:
'The two penalties, the first there wasn't any danger and you gift them two goals. It is difficult as it is anyway, but when you gift them goals it is very difficult...They have world-class players and are difficult to mark, but the first goal wasn't down to movement and the third one too...I think the second half was much better, we said that if we don't concede and we score one, we could have got ourselves back into the game but I think it was a better performance in the second half....We need to show togetherness and fight for the cause, and not forget what our strength is.'
'Carlos is a tremendous player and he has many more fantastic years ahead of him. He is very important to us as a player, as a person and as a leader, he's one of the best in the business...I rate him as one of the best strikers in the world and I think he has found his spiritual home at City because his record is incredible. He is also right up there in the race to be the top scorer in the Premier League - he still has 12 games left to score many more goals, and we will do all we can to help him achieve that...Everyone in Argentina loves Carlos, because they know where he came from and how hard he battled to become one of the best footballers in the world.'
'The second half was just to keep the baggies from Scoring. The defence played well, but it was all Baggies in the second half as City shut up shop. The only things to remark on were the misses by West Brom when through, the good defending by City to keep them out with having to move up a gear and the incredible miss from Carlito, with the goal open.'
'Tevez would seem the obvious MotM but two were penalties and Kolarov and Silva did so much work today, they were a class above Barry (who was constantly giving away free kicks and making poor passes) and Milner (who was decent)...Great to see another academy lad get a run out. Apparently we have two Abdul Razaks, though their full names are different. One is a defender, this is a Yaya Toure-esque midfielder who has been very impressive at reserve level lately. The SWP cameo was also great and he looked more lively than he has for a long time, he nearly scored although part of me wanted him to pass it as Dzeko was there and badly seems to want his first PL goal.'
'Kolarov was fantastic today and Silva has showed (again) why he is going to be one of the most feared midfield playmakers in a seasons time. In a way, I was weirdly happy that W.Brom had a good go at our defence in the 2nd half. Think our back four needed that test and I'm delighted they came through it with a clean sheet. All in all, a great step up in performance from our last few games.'
'Some really slick passing between Silva and Tevez caused the Baggies all sorts of problems. Great team performance.'
'Great leadership from the front by Tevez and brave enough to face his demons by tucking away the penalties. Joe Hart also deserves praise for an excellent performance which should silence the critics.'
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Date:Sunday February 6 2011
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