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Manchester City 0 - Wigan Athletic 0

City of Manchester Stadium

01/03/2008 5:15pm

Attendance: 38261

Bore Draw

City's current Eastlands malaise continued as they struggled to break down a poor Wigan side who went away with exactly what they came for.

On a rotten Manchester evening both sides failed to conjure up anything resembling entertainment for the first sub 40,000 premier league crowd of the season. The only winners were the stay aways who settled for the television and a few pints to dull the senses.

Sven set City up with the now familiar, one size fits all, 4-5-1 formation with Elano and Corluka returning to replace the suspended Petrov and injured Richards. There was also a welcome return to the side for Michael Johnson, although surprisingly at the expense of Hamann.

The game itself was an extension of the Everton fiasco with the one difference being the opposition offered very little. As usual of late, City's counter attacking game was ineffective against a team content to sit eighteen yards out and setting the challenge; get through that.

Ex City thug, Michael Brown was given the task of assaulting Elano out of the game and will consider the yellow card he received in the first half as a job well done as Elano failed to stamp any authority on the game.

Chances were few and far between but Benjani should have won the game late in the second half when he fired a Vassell cross ten yards wide from just three yards out. At the other end Hart was forced into one late save from Palacios and that was that.

All in all this was another failure for the counter attacking game that Sven still insists on using at home. It is no coincidence that the system is now working better on our travels than at Eastlands, with the 2-1 win at the sty being a case in point. Perhaps it is time for Sven to switch to 4-4-2 at home and go at teams such as Wigan from the start. An early goal would force them out and then City's passing game should prevail.

That said we're still sat in 8th spot and still within touching distance of a European spot. Arsenal's late equaliser against Villa has kept the door open and City must now buck up their ideas and produce a last ten games on a par with the first ten.

Star Player

Michael Johnson .... Added an energy and drive to the midfield that has been in short supply for a while.

Manager Rating

Sven needs to look at the system for this type of home game. Wigan aren't near the bottom because the're good; they are a side that should be beaten. Surely it's time for 4-4-2 for home games at least. Perhaps Elano's injury will force his hand.

Opponent Rating

The elephant man suggested Wigan should have won. Proof, if it was needed, that the clown still wears his ex gaffer's red tinted specs. City were poor and Wigan a little more so in a game that deserved no winner.

Next Fixture:

Reading (a) Saturday 8th March 3pm




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Date:Sunday March 2 2008

Time: 10:52AM

Your Comments

We have only picked up 13 points out of our last 12 games under SP at the same time last year the same number of matches yielded 11 points ....Something is definitely going wrong !!!
alphieblues
Is Elano gonna be fit for the Reading game?
uroyals
Alphie, I have said this many times , we are predictable at the moment, and we can't score. we need either wingers or go to a 442, we dont have wingers. It is not that we are playing badly, I have seen many teams go to maine road and frustate the pants off us. Wigan will be very happy with a point. Reading will need to win at home for their survival which means they have to come out which means we stand a better chance of winning.
Buzz Lightyear
Uroyals, Elano is not fit at the moment and does not play well if it is cold and wet. You have got us at the right time, but don't put your shirt on it because we also need the points for a different reason. I wish you well after the City game, I like your open football and you had a good win against Boro.
Buzz Lightyear
Buzz ...Their open football will suit us well, I am very confident we can come away with the points. In fact I can see us getting 14 points out of our remaining 6 away games. Most of the teams we play are desperate for the points and as you say they will have to come out and play which should suit us.
alphieblues
Sad to see the ground half empty by the final whistle....
col8
Alphie, I see that SGE has been reading mny posts about us being presdictable, he may change the formation and lets see what that brings.
Buzz Lightyear
Col8 it was half full by the end whistle
Buzz Lightyear
Do you think he will dare go 4-4-2 !!!
alphieblues
Alphie he has too, we need to score goals and 451 is not doing it for us, we defend well but even the best defences concede goals, and its the other end that is the problem. I thinbk it is too easy to stop us scoring at the moment. I would play mpenza and Benjani.
Buzz Lightyear
gotta say it wasn't the prettiest of encounters!
merlin
 

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