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Everton Wake Up Call

Everton Wake Up Call

A disappointing display at Everton has seen City drop to 7th place in the Premier League on goal difference. Although rarely beaten or outplayed this season, the fact is we have just not been scoring enough goals to see teams off and our European competition rivals have slowly caught us up. However, none of us were under any illusion that the winter month's would prove tough going for our relatively small and young squad who have surpassed all expectations to date.

Everton away was always going to be a tight encounter and a dogged, hardworking 'close them down' style home display saw City struggle to assert themselves and consequently, unable to create chances. Frustrating of course, but we have a golden opportunity to re-address Everton's defence next month following the massive clashes with The Gooners and The rags.

Before then, January now presents us with three crucial fixtures which could define where our season ends up. The West Ham mini-series/Fortress Eastlands residency are now both must win games and hapless Derby away gives us another chance to shed that old 'Typical City' albatross. That's something this side has regularly achieved this season, winning when in previous season's we would have lost.

We are certainly more than capable of winning all three games but will only do so if the side displays a cutting edge and will to compete when the tackles are flying in. The return of Michael Johnson cannot come quick enough.

The Everton reality check has also seen this correspondent swing from suggesting we should hold out for the return of Bojinov up front to asking Frank to seriously dish some wedge out. And quickly. Rumours are emerging on the continent that City could be about to secure a big money striker signing any day now. Ajax's Taggart coveted Klaas Jan Huntelaar has been mentioned in dispatches and that is the type of signature we clearly need. That we have slipped out of the top six for the first time because of goal difference means we cannot afford to be in the same scenario by the end of April.

A hell of a lot of hard work, indeed miracle work has been put in for City to be in this position by mid January. It's down to everyone associated with the club to take our game up yet another notch both on and off the pitch in order to ensure we get just reward for all our efforts this season.

Come On City!

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday January 13 2008
Time: 3:58PM

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Comments

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I think the match with Liverpool at the end of the season would determine who is the team from them that will take fourth place, What a game it will be.
city 81
13/01/2008 16:43:00
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For that to happen we need goals, city 81. We cannot afford to dominate as we did in the second half yesterday without making something happen.
Johnny Baguette
13/01/2008 16:48:00
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JB, Did you know we have score till now 29 goal such as the number of goals we have score in all games in last season.
city 81
13/01/2008 16:59:00
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There is something strange doing Eriksson when make Change, he allow striker & outside midfielder & After ten minutes he make opposite!!, This is repeated in many games .
city 81
13/01/2008 17:29:00
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i was suprised by how poor you were to be honest, Elano really dissapointed me to be honest. We were missing our two first choice strikers, aswell as pienaar, osman and yobo. But you struggled to create a chance until late on. WHy do you start games so defensivly? Only ventured into our half after we scored. We were there for the taking yesterday with anichebe up front alone and a makeshift midfield.
EvertonMike
13/01/2008 17:43:00
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I'd say the reason for the cageyness is that this is very much a team still in the making. Still finding it's feet, EvertonMike. Winter, the pace, the intensity of the Premier League and number of games in a short period seems to have taken it's toll on our newer players. I think also the team has struggled to maintain the high level of performance reached in the autumn. When this side get's going however, it's terrific to watch. If results go for us and confidence reasserts itself, who knows with a new striker up front and Castillo settled you will meet a different proposition at Eastlands late February. Btw, results seem to going for Villa, Everton and City today. If Blackburn lose or draw, we'll have a 5 point cushion for Europe!
Johnny Baguette
13/01/2008 17:50:00
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Good point city 81. Am I asking too much of our squad? Blues are divided right now over whether we should not be greedy and accept what we have so far and settle for it or like me, aim to push for more. The MUEN message boards are a good indicator of the feeling.
Johnny Baguette
13/01/2008 17:52:00
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Forget that Euro comment. Blackburn have stole in at that death to see of Bolton who are now in deep *****e so the pressure for European qualification intensifies.
Johnny Baguette
13/01/2008 17:56:00
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The game was a close & who score first he win in the game .
city 81
13/01/2008 17:57:00
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I mean the game with Everton.
city 81
13/01/2008 18:04:00
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