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Kick Up The Backside Required

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.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday January 27 2008
Time: 6:24PM


Damn it, the whiners are through!
27/01/2008 19:21:00
I must say guys, that Sturridge kid looks impressive.
27/01/2008 20:25:00
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.
27/01/2008 20:34:00
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.
27/01/2008 21:08:00
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.
27/01/2008 21:29:00
Poor performance by you guy's, as a wednesday fan this will hurt to say but they deserved the victory!
will it ever happen
27/01/2008 21:41:00
Only 6 of us left!
27/01/2008 22:30:00
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.
27/01/2008 23:42:00
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
28/01/2008 07:05:00
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
28/01/2008 07:13:00
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