Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday October 27 2007
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.
Date:Saturday October 27 2007
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