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Elano Rocket Fires City To Victory

City went up a gear after falling behind with a defensive lapse to Big Fat Sam's extraordinarily static and one directional Newcastle United today. They then proceeded to wipe the floor with them, inspired by the sheer brilliance of one Elano Ralph Blumer. As the great Brian Moore would have enthused at some of his antics, 'my goodness me!'

His string pulling tomfoolery, jiggerypokery and ability to make things happen had the beleaguered Barcodes relentlessly second guessing what he would do next. Indeed, former England coach self-elect Allardyce must have gone through three packets of chewing gum, nevermind three captains in his desperation to contain the City virtuoso. There cannot have been a better goal scored at Eastlands than Elano's howitzer of a free kick that thundered past the hapless Given to send the quickening Manchester City juggernaut into orbit.

But this is far from a one man team that continues to gel before our disbelieving eyes.

There were some outstanding performances in sky blue shirts today. Emile Mpenza, as ever, led the line impeccably with a tireless work rate and again got his reward as he impressively repositioned himself to power home a header from Martin Petrov's latest defence stretching berserker of a run. Mpenza could have scored at least two more. Petrov must have terrified Newcastle, and his goal was expertly converted following another superb run from Elano. Micah Richards, after playing his part in an occasionally ropey first half defensive performance symbolised the team moving up through the gears. An astonishing run from his own half powered him forward to join Stephen Ireland in a counter attack that sadly, he just could not finish. Michael Johnson and Didi Hamman also steadily imposed themselves upon a tiring Newcastle midfield as the game wore on to the extent that the dangerous Martins and Fatty Viduka's support all but dried up.

City passed and moved with consumate one touch ease at times to the roaring delight of the City faithful.

This fifth victory of the season really is one to savour. Following the second string's win over Norwich in the League Cup, it is exactly what was required to give us even greater momentum for welcoming Middlesborough and Birmingham to Fortress Eastlands for the second part of this season shaping four game period.

We have undeniably come a long way in a very short space of time. Lest we forget, City are now 4 home goals away from equalling The Pearce and Wigley inspired 10 goal total for the 2006-2007 season!!

You get the feeling that there is much more to come from this Manchester City team and The Iceman was as calm as ever post match in his latest one step at a time, so far so good assessment:

'This team is very good and when they play more games together they will get even better.'

'It was a very good performance so I'm very happy and we could have scored more goals.

'But I am delighted. Good football.'

Good, Sven? At times it was Brilliant.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 29 2007

Time: 3:42PM

Your Comments

well done guys! excellent result.
toffeetower
Just got to keep our feet on the ground now, tt! Must keep taking it a game at a time, but these are indeed heady days and it's all happening!
Johnny Baguette
Jb you must admit that we are getting better and now we are scoring goals. Mpenza should be on the left side of goal and as a natural left footed player he would get more. The reason he is right is because there are lots of attacks from Petrov. A good result with several players benefitting from the rest in midweek, but obviously we are in need of a goalie. Elano best game yet and another fabulous goal for the fans to savour. I am not getting carried away, and Richards went walkabout 1st half, but had a great second, if only he could shoot with his left foot.
Buzz Lightyear
The improvement is clear to see Buzz: MCFC status end of September 2006: League: P7 W2 D2 L3 Points:6 Goals For:6 Against:9 Out of League Cup:2-1 at Chesterfield
Johnny Baguette
Agree Buzz, need a top drawer keeper - but also a striker to lead the line, join the play etc (persevere with the 4-5-1) to keep Elano central and involved in critical areas. Best start for thirty years and it felt like it
Craig Cain
I think Bojinov could certainly bolster the attacking options from what I have seen of him. He looks a mad for it nutjob with bags of talent. Meanwhile, don't think Mpenza is getting enough credit for his efforts. Puts himself about and has a mighty work rate. Keeper top priority for recruitment unless injuries dictate otherwise before Christmas. Patience has run out with Isaksson and the youngsters need time to build themselves up after baptisms of fire. Both can be very satisfied with their efforts to date.
Johnny Baguette
I am not going to crticise anyones performance today suffice it to say that the main thing about this City team is they have now got the winning mentlaity they don't panic if they go a goal behind. This is surely a sign of a great team in the making.
alphieblues
A real class player, and a glorious goal, looks like purchase of the season.
nikolaijns
I'm going to agree with JB and AB on this one, Mpenza just seems to be a solid 'professional' who does his work and puts in a steady game. The technique showed for putting that goal away while changing his body angle and putting it back across Given was something many others we've played up front would never have done. And the point about going a goal down and not feeling the need to panic is a huge change from the old regime who after every lapse would be stalking the sidelines, yelling and generally berating the players as opposed to working through it with them. Good win across the board.
BlueCanadian
BC, not sure a solid pro who goes about his work is enough for the top six. Playing up top in 451 is something of a specialism. JB. Bojinov could be the solution.
Craig Cain
i've watched you a couple of times this season, and i really enjoy watching you. you're playing some good football going forward, really exciting stuff. and that elano looks a bit special
daspecial1
Cheers daspecial1! Our next opponents Middlesboro beaten at Everton after missing plenty of chances to score. They should have their work cut out at Fortress Eastlands...
Johnny Baguette
Good win! Well done! Exciting stuff. You guys must be over the moon!
Pardew is Sexy
That's over the Blue Moon, PiS!!
Johnny Baguette
elano and petrov hooked up very well agianst newcastle. Wat a free kick by elano and petrov is a little flyer the spped of him down the wing. Great victory and we played beautiful footbal
dunne deal
I think Middlesboro not intimidate !! I wish no surprises :(
city 81
You can say that again City81. I predict that they will go for all out defence which must be broken down. Boy, do we owe Middlesboro a stuffing.
Johnny Baguette
great goal by elano, where do you lot think you will finish this season?
muffdaddy1983
JB do you remember the game was V. Bolton before three years ago, We attacked along 90 minutes with 3 strikers But at the end of the time we exit from the match 0-1 lost, The goal come from the penalty of lost time from Speed ! I hope this story does not recur with a Middlesbrough .
city 81
Well, city 81, recent evidence suggests we might have the players to unlock stubborn defences for the first time since the Ali and Eyal show came to town! That Bolton experience was awful and I can recall similar experiences at Eastlands. Here's to the creativity continuing!
Johnny Baguette
muffdaddy1983, I am going to stand firm with the Frank, Sven and MCFC squad mentality of one game at a time/so far so good/no predictions! But if we can maintain this level of form, anything is possible!
Johnny Baguette
 

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