VMC's Some Might Say: Pride In Battle
City head deeper into a season defining January with spirits high despite unmerited defeat to a desperate united. Post match reaction to yet another cup derby...
'I am disappointed that we have lost the game and gone out of the FA Cup but I was pleased that we played such a good game and I am proud of my players...they have shown character and taken a step forward. I think more than ever that we can go on and win the league.
'If we show the same attitude and strength in other games that we showed against United with only 10 men then yes we can win the league. I said we had to improve and I think we are doing so...to play 80 minutes against one of the best teams in Europe with 10 men and come so close to saving the game was fantastic...
'I don't think it was a red card, we will appeal and I hope we win the appeal. But I do not want to talk about the referee because I want to be on the bench for the next home game!
'At 3-0 up at half time they thought they were through and took their foot off the peddle. It was a careless performance and we should have been home and dry.
'..we made them look better than they were. We were just so careless in the second half.
'It It was a sending-off. It was a two-footed tackle. I've seen Kompany do it before, he maybe got off in the past. I think if he catches Nani then he's got a problem.
'...Wayne has got to realise is the press have got another Gascoigne and he has got to suffer with that.'
In The VMC Forum:
'I just got home, literally had to be held back when Shrek came over waving his badge. A total stitch-up job by a very corrupt referee. Proud of the boys, didn't feel like a loss, singing in the corridors after the game, etc. Today showed just what a TEAM Mancini has built, the best in England without a doubt...our fans were absolutely amazing today, made me proud. We showed exactly the difference between us and them. Can't say enough good things about the support today.'
'The noise in the second half was incredible. Finally feel that the club motto has been achieved.'
'Mancini showed his tactical nouse today. Something Slur Alex couldn't show when we thumped them at the swamp...'
'Rooney walked of the pitch with Foy at half time too, cosying up. I hope that Foy wins no gold medals this summer.'
'There is no way that this was great win for United today. If we look at the circumstances, they got a 3-0 lead on a horrible decision. Then they almost gave away the advantage in the 2nd half. I believe City restored their top team status after this loss. That was most important after going down 3-0 with 10 men.'
'This game was effectively over as a game after Kompany got sent off, Mancini thought so too and at half time, made substitutions to lessen the damage and hope that they limit the goals conceded.
'It is official United are shit, yes they won the game, but City outplayed them second half, Kolarov scoring with a sweet free kick over the wall and Aguero hitting a second after the united goalkeeper parried his shot. City were on top and stayed there for the rest of the second half .
'City looked the stronger side and it was hard to tell at the end which team only had 10 men. Unfortunately it was City and that was the deciding factor in this game. City were unable to get the third they deserved. Out of the Cup for this season, outplayed by a better team? Certainly not.'
all times East Manchester
We 11 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, The Etihad, LCSF1
Mo 16 Jan 20:00 Wigan, DW Stadium, PL
Su 22 Jan 13:30 Spurs, The Etihad, PL
We 25 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, Anfield, LCSF2