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Dig even deeper for victory, City

Well, Blues, yet another reality check. The team's recent non performance against Blackburn Rovers underlined our playing status in the top flight. Now our inability to attract a handful of proven quality signings in an important transfer window confirms once again where we stand financially.

I almost bought the 'search for a star and the purse strings are opening' mantra that we were drip fed by the club throughout January. I only wish someone at the club would have held their hands up at the turn of the year and said we would be very lucky to have brought in any top players this month, then we could have got on with the distraction of the England Under 21 nonsense sideshow, but that's another story...

If anything, this is a case of 'as you were' and the continued lack of strength in depth and over reliance on the MCFC Academy points to a tough second half of the season.

Miracles can happen. We were all hoping we'd bring in some attacking options to push us into the top half of the table with a real chance of a UEFA Cup qualification when you look at the standard across the Premiership. The battle we face in the last 16 of the FA Cup would also have been boosted by some fresh legs. Now we know we have to face these challenges with pretty much the same squad that we went into the season with.

I am holding out now for a siege mentality to grip our relatively small squad and our long suffering support in the hope that we can continue to grind out results here and there and pull off the real miracle of a sustained cup run. Just maybe the band of players we have will pull together consistently and we can firstly ensure realistic Premiership safety and then anything beyond that will be a bonus.

Looking at the squad this morning, it's a terrible blow to lose Nedum Onuoha again. Indeed any injury or suspension will hurt us from here until May. But we must dig deeper for each game now starting with the
visit of Reading on Saturday. I'll be in town for the first of 14 league games that the management team and squad need to approach as cup finals if we are to make anything of this 2006-2007 season. That level of commitment is the very least that Manchester City supporters deserve.

The England U21's shouldn't even be considered, SP.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 1 2007

Time: 10:44AM

Your Comments

Did any club make a decent buy in the January window ?? At least SP didn't buy for the sake of buying not like Curbisley who has spent £7.5 million on a nobody.
alphieblues
Curbs has took on a WHU in dire straits and has been forced to spend. MCFC meanwhile are in desperate need of proven, top quality attacking players and have failed abysmally to strengthen in that department, nevermind our need for midfield creativity to boost our hopes of success this season. I point to the rags taking on Larsson, Villa signing Carew and Wigan picking up Folan as examples of sound business in the modern world of agents and "scouting software."
Johnny Baguette
Villa got 4 players 1 on loan, one on a swop deal, one for 1 million from Celtic and Ashley Young from Watford. Total spent 9.5 million on Young, I million on Maloney the others were just good bits of business, as you say WHU have spent millions trying to stay in the premiership but It was money wasted, birmingham did the same last season and the rest is history. SP will be saving his money for the summer when more and better players are available.
col8
SP's buying history does not inspire me with a great deal of confidence. If we have summer money give it to a new man in charge. Let SP go full time with England U21'S.
mcfcandy
 

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