Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday November 1 2007
Elano's penalty and City's rediscovered determination combined to get our season back on track at Bolton...
It certainly wasn't a footballing spectacle by any stretch of the imagination but we'd all have settled for a one-nil on the road in the next game following 'A Stamford Bridge Too Far.'
...And knackers to whether or not it was a penalty. I've lost count of the amount of times we have been stuffed by linesmen down the years. I was always told these things even themselves out over a season, but that was hardly ever the case with us!
So into the quarter finals of The League Cup with no hiding place. 7 more than capable teams join us in saturday's draw and I'll take any of them, particularly Chelski at home!
The determination required to repel Bolton must now be taken into the Bonty night clash with our favourite mad pikey Royston Vasey Keane and Sunderland if our rehabiliation is to continue.
While we wait for news of the extent of Micah Richards' injury, Frank and Sven saw enough in London last weekend to make a renewed declaration of intent. According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, our bosses flew into Holland in search of Heerenveen hotshot, the Brazilian striker Afonso Alves. It's said that the deal is done and will rush us twice that forked out for Heerenveen's previous hotshot Georgios Samaras who just cannot get it going at Man City. From what I have seen of both players, I would honestly say that Alves is on a different planet, but so is the Premier League as the unfortunately nicknamed 'Greek Tragedy' has found out. Quite what Pearce and Wigley saw in Samaras is absolutely beyond me and I keep on hoping that the lad will come good but I fear the sands of time are running out.
Hopefully, Rolando Bianchi will get the chance to lead the line at Fortress Eastlands on monday night and show us what he can do. Failing that,I assume Emile Mpenza will get the nod if he is fit. Mpenza was always going to be a risky signing with his track record of injuries, but he's been solid for us up until now.
If we can keep the injuries to a minimum between now and January, then Svennis and our relatively small squad will have worked something of a miracle should we be handily placed for a European push by the turn of the year.
Date:Thursday November 1 2007
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