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Kick Up The Backside Required

An embarrassing, wholly unacceptable defeat at Sheffield United sees City out of both cup competitions and continuing to lack direction...

The midwinter, as many of us feared, has seen a City side that we saw set the Premier League alight and send all Blues into dreamland last autumn, stutter and consequently drift through recent games seemingly without a purpose.

In some quarters it's been suggested that the City team and squad have found their level, but I don't accept that. What I do accept however, is that right now too many players are not putting in a shift for the cause.

Svennis and Hans Backe have got a job on lifting morale because following what now looks a tricky trip to a pisspoor Derby County, a season defining triple header of Arsenal, the rags and Everton looms. Based on the current level of performance and absence of cutting edge I can't see us getting anything from those games.

City hoplessly failed to stamp their authority upon Sheffield United who to their credit gave a battling classic cup performance and paid the price. Blaming it on balloons is a non starter.

But you take another look at the teams on paper.

The disjointed collection of players and playing style that a clueless Bryan Robson has inflicted upon their public, the state their club was in, as 7000 (and the rest) Blues descended upon Bramhall Lane, then this defeat is all the more unacceptable.

There's only one positive today and that's Daniel Sturridge who showed up City internationals around him with his effort and application. That we are reliant on a teenager who has hardly come back from a serious injury to pose a goal threat is a massive cause for concern.

Still, we remain in with a serious shout of European competition via the Premier League, but for that to be achieved it's serious kick up the arse time.

I've said before that we should not settle for what has been superbly achieved by The Sven Revolution folowing Frank Shinawatra's takeover that pulled our Premier League status back from the brink because the efforts made deserve some reward.

Tremendous hard work has been put in to get us this far. But City's fantastic travelling support who made up over a third of today's attendance deserve far better.

We will always acknowledge 100% effort and right now this City side owe us one, big time.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 27 2008

Time: 6:24PM

Your Comments

Damn it, the whiners are through!
RussianHammer
I must say guys, that Sturridge kid looks impressive.
MikeyGamst
just back .... spineless first half. Petrov and Elano far too light weight for that sort of game ...... *****ing tackle boys. Only positive was Sturridge. Support was great but why can you always rely on City to let you down? Hope this result is the kick up arse all at the club needed.
ronin
I took one look at the pitch and thought, Oh no !! , this is tailor made for kick and rush and brute force, with our passing game and lightweight team I could see it would be difficult to succeed. A pity we couldn't adopt our kick and hope of last year which I am sure would have given us a better chance.
alphieblues
As galling as it sounds Pearce's side would have got something there (like last season). Sheffield were exactly what it says on the box with regards cup shocks ...... ugly but battling ..... City wanted no part of it.
ronin
Poor performance by you guy's, as a wednesday fan this will hurt to say but they deserved the victory!
will it ever happen
Only 6 of us left!
storagematt
A poor performance by you lot, players just didn't seem up for it. I thought you'd have a chance on winning something this year. Never mind, you've still had a good season so far, a good finish and you're not out of the running for a CL spot.
spurjon
A good summary Spurjon, we are having a good season and a defeat in the Cup to Sheffield United is not the end of the world. The pitch was the same for both sides. These things happen, ask Everton, who would have expected them to go down at home to Oldham. JB it was a poor performance, too many times when we had the ball in the last third and no-one to pass it to, the number of bad passes or overhit shots. poor defending. Sheffield defended very well and when we got the chances we did not hit the target. HOWEVER it is not the end of the world, are we expecting too much from a team that has to learn to play on these kind of surfaces at this time of year. Ronin is right, we are lightweight in midfield, but thats what we have and should be able to deal with it, our next game is Derby and that is what we should not set our minds on and yes City owe us more one.
Buzz Lightyear
Rolando Bianchi, apparently made a big hit in Italy, he came on as sub after 60 minutes and got booked twice in 5 minutes and he thought the refs were unfair here!
Buzz Lightyear
Buzz, I've had emails from travelling Blues overnight and they are absolutely furious at City's lack of fight yesterday. It wasn't just a poor performance, it was a non performance and Sven is rightly angry. We need some fire and fight in the belly of our team. Yes, the foreign players are struggling with the midwinter as I mentioned in the article but FFS, Sheffield United??!! Gary Speed, 38??!! Bryan Robson manager??!! We have players who have not won anything holding out for massive salaries. The side have far from arrived anywhere yet and they must realise quickly as Sven said that you cannot just expect to turn up and beat lowere league opposition. No it isn't the end of the world but they perform like that over the next 4 league games, it will sure as hell feel like it!
Johnny Baguette
All eyes on Moscow. Could be we will find ourselves a striker there this week. If it's Wagner Love, as touted on this site at different times this past year then that's a positive move.
Johnny Baguette
Buzz, I should just add to my earlier post that Everton were far from full strength when Oldham beat them. That was our strongest side out there yesterday outside of 75 grand Richards and The Boj. Meanwhile Glasgow Strangers in for Samaras?! The worlds gone mad!
Johnny Baguette
L'Equipe reports that Wagner Love is to sign for City after PSG and Marseille couldn't afford his wages: "Le fantasque attaquant brésilien du CSKA Moscou Vagner Love a toutes les chances de poursuivre sa carrière en Angleterre, et plus précisément à Manchester City, le club entraîné par Sven-Goran Eriksson. L'international auriverde (23 ans) est attendu très prochainement à Manchester pour y parapher son contrat. Le joueur a été un temps courtisé durant ce mercato par Marseille et le Paris-SG. Mais son salaire s'est avéré bien trop élevé pour les deux clubs français."
Johnny Baguette
JB, your french is good, for those whose isnt, it reads The fantastic one attacking Brazilian of the CSKA Moscow Vagner Coils has all the luck to follow his career in England, and precisely to Manchester City, the club induced by sven-goran Eriksson. The international auriverde (23 years) is awaited very soon to Manchester for there to sign his contract. The player was a wooed time during this mercato by Marseilles and the Paris Sg. But his salary proved itself well too student for the two French clubs." more or less.
Buzz Lightyear
I am disappointed too, but I feel that SGE made an error here, He should have played Charlie with Dunney and put Nedum in his usual place. Ireland is better than Gelson at the moment and I would not have played Mpenza, but would have had him on the bench. Having said all that we are still in our first season as a decent team, is will take time and the fans should be happy that we do have a fighting chance to get into Europe.
Buzz Lightyear
Vagner Coils? LOL! Those online translators can be brutal! From another angle, could it be that the defeat at Sheffield means the club will now bring in a couple of signings as opposed to hanging on for the summer?
Johnny Baguette
They have to JB, now I think they know they are just no good enough unless they strengthen now. Don't you just think Vagner coils is better that love, think of all the stick he will get in a derby match.
Buzz Lightyear
Like it! That lad can play football from what I have seen. He's a bit of a barnstormer shoot on sight striker like most of the CSKA strikers I have seen. Anyway, the French clubs have pulled out of signing him. We shall see.
Johnny Baguette
Jb, If we had shot on sight yesterday we might have dfone a lot better, the number of times they fannied about just outside SU's penalty area, trying to play fancy footbal, because they read somewhere that they play like Brazil, I think it was on the balloons. I think it sjoould have read Played like balloons. Thats what you get when you support City all the thrills of a rollercoaster. Fasten your seatbelts.
Buzz Lightyear
Like an old school City away Buzz .... huge support, plenty of beer with a joke performance proving things never change really. Add the comedy baloon element and it really was Typical City. City are Back.
ronin
Oh God ronin. You have mirrored exactly the sentiments of my mates across Tameside and town! The lads are not accepting settling for avoiding relegation. 3 crucial days for City start now. Failure to recruit and to beat Derby convincingly will leave us looking at the bigger picture and whether or not the signings on the drip/not even spent all the Sky money rumours are true. Come on Frank. You've got to make it happen.
Johnny Baguette
I know what you are saying JB, but it would be foolish like many managers before just to buy anyone just to satisy the fans and the bloke turns out to be a turnip. This team can play well and have shown that on numerous occasions this season.
Buzz Lightyear
Sven remaining calm and has thrown in an "if" at his press conference today re new strikers. He placed emphasis on us having Sturridge and Bojinov almost fully available which seems ropey. Agree Buzz re the signing situation, but out goes Samaras to The Celts now leaving us very short up front. Come on City. I want us to give those rags a proper game next month! Latest info: seen at Carrington today and looking hungry: Paul Bobbit Dickov!!
Johnny Baguette
After looking of many players & we saw a lot of tapes throughout the month of January , We not reconcile to contract with one player!! I think that it will be limited in the end to contract with the BENT (Spurs ) .
city 81
Balloon. You saw me standing alone, with the ball in the net....
storagematt
City 81, I think Bent is an excellent player, but Tottenham paid a lot of money for Bent, too much in my opinion, they would want to recover most of that money and I do not see Svennis paying more than what he considers good value for a player. He can shop around and get a similar player for much less. The problem is that Teams don't want to let their players go while they are still in competitions, because of injuries and suspensions to their current first teamers.
Buzz Lightyear
 

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