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Man City 6 - Portsmouth 0

City Of Manchester

21/09/08 15:00

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Man City Hit Portsmouth For Six!

Manchester City played their second game in four days, with their opponents being fellow European chasers Portsmouth. Mark Hughes kept the same side that beat AC Omonia 2-1.

The game started well for City and where pressing from the off. City almost found the lead within 3 minutes. Elano found Garrido who slid the ball to Jo, who showed his Brazilian flair by flicking the ball on to Robinho, whose shot was saved by David James.

Shaun Wright-Phillips then saw his shot flicked over the bar from James. David James at this point looked like he was on a mission, but little did he know what was to come.

A minute later, City did take the lead. Robinho played a precise throughball to fellow countrymen Jo, who danced around the keeper before slotting home. City 1-0.

Before my internet decided to break down on me, I was thinking about writing about Richard Dunne, and whether he was good enough anymore. I was left eating my words as on 20 minutes Richard Dunne darted towards the ball and managed to get the last touch as the ball trickled past the line. City 2-0.

Portsmouth did have a slight chance when Crouch`s shot flew past the left hand post, but it was City who looked threatened as Robinho forced a good save from James.

City looking comfortable! Halftime: Manchester City 2 Portsmouth 0.

Portsmouth made a change at the interval, as Kaboul was replaced by John Utaka.

Within seconds of the restart City could have conceded. Micah Richards header clear found Defoe who`s shot come cross flashed wide to the relief of the City faithful.

The chants of "we`ve got Robinho", where never louder, as on the 57th Minute Ireland fed Jo, who slotted the ball to? Yes you guessed it Robinho who fired beyond James. City 3-0.

Stephen Ireland then set up the forth, as Shaun Wright-Phillips broke the offside trap and slotted home, Rampant stuff!.

Before I could catch my breathe number five was scored. Ched Evans who had recently come on, showed his finishing skills my slotting home from close range.









Was this to be the end of Portsmouth`s nightmare? I don`t think so. G. Fernandes, raced on to the ball, as James and Wright-Phillips collided. And stroked the ball home!

City had more chances; both Ched Evans and Wright-Phillips tested James again.


The Best thing about this score was my family where watching the United game on record, and City Scored the Sixth the same time that Chelsea equalised, Absolutely Brilliant!

Star Player

Robinho:

Never Stopped looking dangerous, and set up some very good goals. I take my hat off to you son.




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Date:Sunday September 21 2008

Time: 8:06PM

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Northern3
Ouch, that hurt. Never mind it's only a game & we'll take it out on the spuds next Sunday.
storagematt
My god whats happened to City
Red Wimp
ouch! well, I guess you must have played well, although I missed the game. probably a good thing by the sound of things though!
pompeycarpet
Things can only get better!
Johnny Baguette
One day on and the message of Sunday's game is finally sinking in. On that showing it is quite reasonable to expect this City team to end our decades without a trophy. It now looks to be just a matter of when. Hughes's game plan was perfect. The Pompey central defenders just could not handle wave after wave of attacks. And the Pompey attack was neutralised by a solid back line built on a real captain's performance from Dunne. Pompey are the team who beat Everton 5-0 at Goodison recently. City just swept them aside. Every City player was a winner on Sunday.
Sindbad
Bring on Utd Eh.
Tiny T
The rags Tiny T? Well, they have failed to beat us in 8 league matches out of 12 since we were promoted under Mad Kev and on yesterday's evidence, we'll give them another going over.
Johnny Baguette
Liverpool hadn't beaten us in YEARS but beat us this year. We'll bring your lot back down to earth!
ForeverUnited
Btw what has gotten into Ireland?? All of a sudden he's turned into Xavi?? Where has he been all these years??
ForeverUnited
He's always been there foreverunited - we just needed a manager to keep him mentally focused. Hughes is clearly an outstanding man manger. Ireland has always had to ability, as I'm sure you'll remember from last season's OT derby.
oliverblue
Bring on that derby. But to be honest, this was the first season I can recall when I looked for the date of another fixture before the derbies. Middlesborough. We have a score to settle.
Johnny Baguette
 

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