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Opportunity Knocks At Resurgent City

Saturday was not a day for the faint hearted for followers of Lancashire CCC and Manchester City FC as both clubs astonishing games went to the wire!

Fulham can be a tough nut to crack at home and they came out of the blocks flying. We struggled to contain them until Petrov finally got reward for his efforts to date and the two teams proceeded to slug it out toe to toe.

I agree with Svennis's analysis that our defending could have been far better, but he may well share my view that it was pleasing to see our young team prepared to 'mix it' with the opposition when required as well as scoring more goals. There were plenty of encouraging signs to suggest that our new players are increasingly adapting to the demands of Premier League football. Again, the passing was at times scintillating and defensive lapses did ultimately let us down, but after the shut out's banked so far this season, something had to give at some stage.

Time to shore up again and what better opportunity to do that than with a run of four home league and cup games following some tough assignments on the road?

Norwich, Newcastle, Middlesborough and Birmingham will not relish the prospect of coming to town at this stage of the Sven Revolution as City fans eagerly look forward to each fixture with increasing positivity.

A hell of a lot of hard work has been put in at MCFC and much has been asked of a young side hastily put together so soon after Frank Shinawatra took us into another dimension. But as I said last week we are where we are on merit and the battle at Fulham underlined that.

So now the reward is the chance to consolidate and afford ourselves even more breathing space as the long season continues. Indeed, the next four games could well shape our season.

Essentially, wins in the cup clash against our old pals The Carrot Crunchers and the next league fixture against a certain mickey mouser's Barcodes are paramount. If we can nail those results, then a very good start to the season will be bordering on excellent. Whether or not our former dead ball specialist will be spraying stray passes into the crowd is another matter...

Changes post Fulham? Well, I would still consider giving Schmeichel a break for Hart if Isaksson's latest injury remains and pushing the hungry looking Bianchi and Geovanni into a 4-4-2 formation although I sense a Bristol style line up can be expected for Norwich's visit then reverting back to the Elano 'in the hole' system for Newcastle.

It is now clear to English Football that Manchester City are being shrewdly managed, led by a gaffer who exudes a cool, calm confidence with a respectable public image not seen at our club since David Bernstein was ousted.

Here's to Eastlands roaring and rocking in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 23 2007

Time: 12:25AM

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Have to say, and it pains me to, that your future is looking bright now. I can see City winning all of those four fixtures and making people outside of South Manchester / Stockport sit up and take notice. Here is a longish shot for you but will City finish higher than an Abramovic (sorry Grant) managed Chelsea?

I blo*dy well hope you get back to normal service and get the City wobble soon, although the free beers in Reddish and smiling faces are a plus! SCFC Greyhound
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23/09/2007 05:44:00

JB If only Lancs had won the toss, but what a great effort!!!
Buzz Lightyear
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23/09/2007 06:00:00

JB, although Schmeichel has had his luck,it ran out yesterday. We do need more experience in goal, although Fulhams second goal from the set piece should have been saved by Kasper, it was the wall that was not doing its job. Fulhams first and third were realy poor defending. Dunney and Micah were all over the place, with Garrido caught far too often up field and having to be rescued by Richards, which in turn took him out of position and Fulham exploited that. Teams have learnt to keep a tight hold on Elano, but he is a class player and Petrov showed why we signed him by scoring two and a hand in the other. Petrovs second was brilliant quick moves and a great finish. We can score goals and we should have won this match had it not been for the poor defending.
Buzz Lightyear
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23/09/2007 06:13:00

It seems everyone but Sven thinks KS should be replaced. Well I think now he must realise his time has run out and should replace him before his confidence has gone. Interesting that one of tha panel on SS lunchtime yesterday was assessing City's chances for the season and mentioned that they would have a great opportunity to break into the top six providing they sign a world class 'keeper in January.
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23/09/2007 10:03:00

Thanks for the thumbs up greyhound! Typical City seems to have left the building. Please let it be for good! Good points Buzz and alphie. I think Hart will get the nod on tuesday. He has more presence than KS for me and could hold his place for The Barcodes. Don't know what the Isaksson story is. He is officially a crock now and has a lot of work to do to get back in favour. Carry on like this and I sense he could be offski.
Johnny Baguette
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23/09/2007 15:49:00

Looks like the recently in form Michael Owen will be doubftul for next weekend's clash. Taken off after 51 mins v WHU. We owe Mr. Allardyce a result in our favour and any selection headaches he gets are a booster for us.
Johnny Baguette
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23/09/2007 17:56:00

dunne and corluka complicit and that wall was a joke (messrs ireland and petrov i think?) still think kasper needs to be withdrawn for a period to consolidate his progress.
Craig Cain
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24/09/2007 09:14:00

Relived the action on MCFCTV.COM on night shift. Terrible defending. Their third was a shocker of a give away. Might shake complacency out of the defence, CC!
Johnny Baguette
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24/09/2007 10:28:00

To get an way point with a display like that (and provoke a defensive inquest) is no bad thing
Craig Cain
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24/09/2007 10:56:00

richard dunne gave them the last goal the defending was very poor i have to admit. newcastle at home there haven a great start to the season it will be a great game
dunne deal
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24/09/2007 13:22:00

There are some belters coming up, DD. A resounding dismissal of Naarwich could be the launch pad..
Johnny Baguette
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24/09/2007 13:59:00

Since we don't get much coverage here in Canada, (one game shown each of Saturday and Sunday) I've seen the clips of the six goals on the 'highlights' show, but have no idea what went on between Micah and Dempsey. Can anyone eloborate beyond the elaborate 'both players recieved a yellow' I've read in MCFC and Skysports? Have to agree with the analysis on the goal past the wall though, a more experienced keeer would have had it covered and/or placed his wall better. I say Hart for the Canaries, with two strikers to pounce quickly and get struggling Norwich out of the game before it even starts.
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24/09/2007 14:35:00

wow, my spelling/grammar is atrocious this early in the morning, sorry 'bout that.
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24/09/2007 14:36:00

Nice to hear from you Blue Canadian! It was all a bit push and shove between Micah and Dempsey. From what I could see, aerial challenge, Dempsey makes contact with his arm on Micah's head. Micah reacts angrily and there's a forehead threatening stand off which teh ref handled very well. Mike Dean would have sent them off, no doubt. Micah will have to learn to bottle his emotions or he will be chickenfeed to clever senior strikers and "homer" refs. How's Canada anyroad? Was at Lake Simcoe this summer with relatives based there. Love the country.
Johnny Baguette
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24/09/2007 19:17:00

JB: You get about for a coissant baker?
Craig Cain
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25/09/2007 09:38:00

I've been rumbled! International MCFC PR rep and rag muck spreader, basically, CC. I figure if I can get through each day dissing the rags and upping City to at least one person, then slowly, their empire will crumble and ours will steadily grow. I find that we are already increasingly better known than we were two months ago, that's for sure. Plus, my pain au chocolat's are dynamite...
Johnny Baguette
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25/09/2007 12:46:00

the game aginst norwhich will be a good game i think. with huckerby back to his old club but playin aginst us. I though he was a good player for us a did alot for us in the past years.
dunne deal
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25/09/2007 13:34:00

We salute your resolve in such a noble project
Craig Cain
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25/09/2007 13:50:00

Hey JB, Canada is the same as everywhere else, it seems perfect if you don't live there! When I was last in England (For the 2-0 Samaras game over West Ham last season) I drank way too much Wherry, toured churches older than my country and fell in love with crazy country roads smaller than most sidewalks over here...however Lake Simcoe is beautiful and where I do the majority of my ice fishing in our long winters. And yes I'm spreading the good word over here to swell the ranks of City fans, but if I had a dollar for everytime a fellow Canuck said "don't you mean Manchester United?" I'd have season tickets and a flight over for every match, we're still an ice hockey country with little known among the masses outside the 'big 4'.
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25/09/2007 14:57:00

Nice one, BC! Allez The Maple Leafs!!
Johnny Baguette
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25/09/2007 15:51:00

Now that's a real sport
Craig Cain
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25/09/2007 18:30:00


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