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Youthful City Second On Merit

Youthful City Second On Merit

Another hard working performance, this time against a good Aston Villa side in atrocious playing conditions means City deserve to be highly placed in the Premier League....

The turnaround in our clubs fortunes has been immense since Frank Shinawatra brought Sven Goran Eriksson and Hans Backe to town. Svennis bought shrewdly and wisely, not wrecklessly and against a tight timescale which deserves credit. He focused on young and hungry international players to complement City's impressive Academy backbone and it is those youth players that are flourishing under The Iceman and his backroom team's guidance alongside their new colleagues.

Captain Richard's career trajectory keeps on heading upwards like a heat seeking missile and Schmeichel, Johnson, Onouha, Hart and Ireland are improving with every game they play. Hamman, Mpenza and Dunne of the existing senior players have been outstanding. With greater understanding and communication this team's performances could, and should get better.

The positives by far outweigh the negatives right now with much room for optimism and we can look back on a start to the season that has defied all our expectations.

Okay, we continue to ride our luck naiively at times and are not scoring enough for my liking. Only Derby, Bolton and er, the rags have scored less than us...

Looking ahead to the next fixture is an unusual feeling I could get used to!

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday September 16 2007
Time: 7:04PM


The main reason for our success is our very impressive defensive record which is the best in the Premiership. I can see us doing a Chelski and grinding out many one nils which should see us with a top six finish.
16/09/2007 21:47:00
But we have a problem in the attack, four of the five goals were from the midfielders players.
city 81
16/09/2007 22:15:00
The system we play with one striker up front means that more goals will come from midfield and as long as we keep clean sheets we will win more than we lose.
16/09/2007 23:53:00
Be interesting to see if SGE brings in Isaksson for the trip to Fulham. I think the time is right. Be a good time to say to Schmeicel "You've worked hard son, done a job, now back to learning your trade." The clean sheets the lad has would then give him confidence for the future. I wouldn't like to see him exposed by ruthless finishers.
Johnny Baguette
17/09/2007 06:47:00
I agree JB, I think Kasper has generally done a good job but he has a tendency to flap at one or two crosses in each game and more ruthless finishers will find him out. My preference would be to give Joe Hart a chance as I think he has more presence and commands the area better.
17/09/2007 11:04:00
Im a Villa fan thought there was very little between us yesterday,but yous were miles better than us up front.We still have a bit of work to do in the transfer market in that area.Richards has been outstanding this season and Elano and Johnson was class for you guys good luck with the rest of the season.
17/09/2007 11:45:00
Thanks Pking, thought your two wide players played well, garrido was struggling a lot of the time and Richards had to help out. Agree with you JB Kasper should be proud of his performances, Imho, I think Joe Hart is the better keeper of the two, jury still out on Isaksson. Three cracking goals at COMS and probaly Johnson's just edges it for now. Thought Bianchi when he came on added a bit of zest. For my Man of the match, Corluka fabulous. We tended in the last third to play the wrong ball, but this is to be expected with not quite being there just yet. I cannot say we played well, what we are doing is playing as a team and getting a result the fans are now creating an atmosphere, just think what we can do when we start to gel properly. Top ten , top six, wait til christmas. Most improved player so far Johnson. He just seems to improve game by game.
Buzz Lightyear
17/09/2007 12:31:00
Agreed all round. Svennis's signings are all contributing to the cause save for the unfortunate Bojinov, Gelson who has yet to fully appear and Garrido who is still off the pace IMHO. What a platform we have to build on with the team still not fully gelled as a unit!
Johnny Baguette
17/09/2007 13:16:00
Not a bad idea to withdraw Kasper - perhaps roll him out in the cup games. Johnson an absolute revelation - comparisons with Colin Bell are unfair to the lad - but they aint too wide of the mark.
Craig Cain
17/09/2007 13:51:00
Spot on CC. Johnson is getting better and better. Surreal times these. If we can get a result at Fulham in this Untypical City style, we could be going into a run of FOUR home games with nothing at all to fear. Who knows, or DARES to dream......??!!
Johnny Baguette
17/09/2007 14:18:00
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