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City Must Learn And Respond

Bolton Wanderers, you are next. City have been comprehensively destroyed by Chelski and have 4 days to prepare a response...

Correct me if I am wrong Blues, but I can't recall us being on the wrong end of a six niller since the dark days of the Alan Ball era at Liverpool in a week when we shipped 10 goals against the Mickey's without reply.

We could spend all night dissecting the whys and wherefores of our non performance against a side created on a different planet. In my book, the loss of Emile Mpenza's roughing up of their defence was a body blow to our side. City were totally unable to mix it or up our game and were crushed by a weight of expectation and Chelski's brilliance.

This always was going to be the acid test for a management team and a side who have performed above and beyond any of our hopes so far this season. The squad will return to Manchester tonight absolutely shell shocked.

Svennis's assessment of our pisspoor defence and inability to compete were spot on. We were over run in midfield and again, a top drawer ball winner has to be considered by Frank and Sven in January alongside a proven finisher if we are to qualify for Europe. But that's two months off and we must respond to this roasting sharpish and I have every faith in SGE that we will.

The bedrock for a terrific side remains. We have to rediscover the backbone we showed against the rags in the Derby and learn from this humiliation to give the fans a lift and get the season back on track.

Maybe now all talk of a top four finish can be dismissed and the side can get back to playing under a good deal of lowered expectation.

City have worked hard to reach our current position, but will have to work a damn sight harder than they did today to maintain it.

The next three fixtures at Bolton, home to Sunderland and away at Portsmouth give this young City side a chance to get their heads up and get our season back on track.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 27 2007

Time: 6:54PM

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i do not think city should be guys still look a threat on the counter...just lacked a good striker and yeah didi hamman..he cannot play 30 games a season at his age..same as makelele.and what is wrong bianchi..i thought he was your main man.
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27/10/2007 19:35:00

Well, if a couple of shots had gone in, most notably Elano's howitzer or Ireland's missed opportunity, then then the confidence our young side needs would have been lifted. But they could not match Chelsea's work rate. It's a shame as most football fan's hopes of a challenge to the big four this season look ill founded.
Johnny Baguette
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27/10/2007 20:00:00

Btw essientric, Bianchi needs a full game and a goal. Indeed, all our strikers need to start finding the back of the net quickly.
Johnny Baguette
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27/10/2007 20:03:00

Im afraid you played us on a "bad day" we had a lot to prove, and gave it our best. Still best of luck to yer lot till we meet again.
Blue is the colour
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27/10/2007 20:29:00

work rate..something you guys showed plenty of against man just a matter of motivation....but got one advice..micah lot ruining him at center back..he is such a good him rb..or maybe even midfield...don't waste him at cb as his true talent is with the ball at his a quality cb during jan(my choice meite at bolton..good strong disciplined player).
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27/10/2007 21:04:00

This has been a big wake up call to the new players of what the Premiership is all about. Next Wednesday will be a good chance to get the wheels back on track and show what they are made of before putting in a big performance against the 'Black Cats' next weekend
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27/10/2007 21:06:00

Garrido gave away at least half of your goals. You only lost by 6-0 because Sven was dumb enough to let him stay.
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27/10/2007 22:05:00

thing is though, do teams play better with higher expectations? or play @ the standard that everyone expects them to because that is what is expected
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27/10/2007 22:09:00

Er, tales of the unexpected/expected?
Johnny Baguette
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28/10/2007 08:18:00

Don't know if Mpenza was ill, but he does go back and defend. A good point about Richards from Essientric, Corluka was orginially bought for centre back, perhaps a swap. Not the end of the world though, perhaps good win come from this game. Still third, still in fron of Chelsea and Liverpool.
Buzz Lightyear
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28/10/2007 11:52:00

i was impressed with your passing game but like you say, you were destroyed by a brilliant, on the day, team!
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28/10/2007 14:02:00

If you lose one or 10 you will lost a same point, But there somthing nice with the a havey loses ,The Mistakes will appear clearly and you can Detection and treatment .
city 81
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29/10/2007 09:53:00

I hope the confidence in the City camp is as high as the fans whose general reaction is a one off blip and everything will be o.k. Compare this to last season if the same thing had happened we would have been calling for heads to roll from the Chairman downwards....Oh how times have changed....
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29/10/2007 10:58:00

6-0 is no 'blip' in my book.
Craig Cain
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29/10/2007 11:24:00

CC City were in a rush to equalise, instead of taking their time like they did against Newvastle. Once we started to push forward we just left enormous gaps and you just can't do that with a team like Chelsea. No where near the finished article, but we are still a very good team.
Buzz Lightyear
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29/10/2007 16:44:00

Looks like you got an immediate response at Bolton. Shame to see the injury to Richards.
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04/11/2007 11:34:00


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