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City In Decline As Bolton Win

Bolton 2
2 - 0
Manchester City 0

The Reebok Stadium

02-10-08 / 16:00

Attendance: 21,095


Pablo Zabaleta is brought back into the starting XI by Mark Hughes, which means Onouha is dropped to the bench else where Evans replaces Sturridge.

My job is to report all key incidents and action, and I was left with an empty piece of paper, as the first half produced hardly anything at all. Zabaleta found himself in the referee`s notebook again, sliding into the Bolton fullback. First impressions of the tackle, straight red! However after replays Zabaleta hardly touched the defender and a booking was the right course of action.

It took the last 5 minutes of the game for any shot to produce a save. Ireland was played through one-on-one but fired straight at the keeper from a tight angle. Ched Evans was then put through from around the same position as Ireland, and his shot failed to beat the impressive goalkeeping of Jaaskelaninen, who palmed the effort into Kompany who swung the ball into the box, only for Shaun Wright-Phillip`s header to yet again find the gloves of Jaaskelaninen. Halftime approached and City looked like they were beginning to get into their stride.

Was it too much to ask that Manchester City could come out in the second half and actually perform to an adequate standard?

The half started like the first, Man City casually given the ball away, and not showing any real sign of effort. Bolton where able to ping the ball around with ease, and it was not surprise then that they were able to take the lead on the 76th minute.

Bolton crossed the ball straight through the 6-yard box, and there was Gardener to tap in from what looked like an offside position?

You would have thought a goal would lift City into at least a glimmer of light; unfortunately it had seemed City had already gone home. Hughes brought on Hamman and Sturridge for Evans and Elano, but even Hamman began losing the ball and passing to absolutely none of his team-mates.

Oh if things weren`t looking bad enough, good old Dunne showed he can find the back of his own net again, as on the 88th minute he rolled the ball into Hart`s net, from another cross played along the 6-yard line.

Final Score: Bolton 2-0 Manchester City.

Aaron`s Conclusion:

I`m sick of performances like this. It just fuels the opinion of money can`t buy you success. Mark Hughes should be coming under pressure, because performances like this are worse than under Sven, (except the 8-1). Evans is just not up to the challenge of the Premiership and Dunne in my opinion has really had his day, and he is no longer that rock to support our backline. Bring Richards back in the centre; I never did understand why Hughes moved him to the left? Robinho showed us today he really can't play away from home, and even Shaun Wright-Phillips lost the ball too many times today.

Call it an off day but these performances are becoming more and more frequent, and if things don`t change soon, Mark Hughes should be questioned, because this fellow City fans is just not good enough!

Star Player

The Manchester City fans - 90 minutes of pure rubbish, and yet many of you stayed till the last minute. your my star players today.

Date:Sunday November 2 2008
Time: 6:12PM


JB from thr Forum debate: So FT and abject defeat at Bolton. Sorry in advance lads. My assessment is going to be damning. Tudor, you were spot on with the apprehension. Warning signs have been there for weeks. I for one am going to stop kidding myself that this is a special City team. We look very, very ordinary. *****poor across the whole side. Absolutely rudderless starting with no distribution from the defence whatsoever. All four, save for Zabaleta's work rate were headless chickens. Richards is going backwards and should not be al left back. Embarrasing tactics from Hughes. Played far too deep, inviting a generally lumbering Bolton side on to us. Harty kept us in it as best he could. Dunne's og summed up the whole debacle. Steam rollered in midfield. Kompany, Elano, Ireland. Too many shocking hospital balls and passing absymal. Robinho and SWP gave it their best but were always going nowhere. Ched and Sturridge just weren't in it. Hamman too late to get it on the deck which was this team's strength. So the concern that we are far too lightweight has been realised at Newcastle, Boro and Bolton. Going into the Euro games, we look devoid of confidence and alarmingly disjointed. We do not have the options or strength in depth to be serious PL contenders either. The arabs will not tolerate many more savvy-less performances, I don't think and Hughes will know that 13 points from 11 games is very very poor considering the money dished out. Hughes has to be given a season at least but he must address the fact that we need leadership out there and strength and Dunne is worth a serious demotion as this is bordering on a crisis. Sorry again, but I'm being absolutely level headed and honest.
Johnny Baguette
02/11/2008 18:18:00
Hughes really has no excuses. I think the pressure of being a rich club now is causing some harm, especially when you lack quality in various places. Never mind the OG, Dunne was awful.
02/11/2008 18:25:00
lol.. The Arab flops! :)
02/11/2008 18:28:00
Sorry but no, don't forget the OG because Dunne scored an own goal less than 2 weeks ago! Sack him, too clumsy! Don't forget his other own goals and stupid mistakes!
02/11/2008 18:30:00
The Sheikh won't tolerate this and having only signed Robinho to date is likely to seriously splash out now.
Johnny Baguette
02/11/2008 18:30:00
I'm hoping you don't come in for any of our players in January, we can't afford to turn down large bids
02/11/2008 18:36:00
LOL I imagine Sheikh won't tolerate this and having only signed Robinho to date is likely to seriously splash out now.yes forget Kaka,Messi,Augerro they will want to buy Real Madrid,Barca,Chelsea,Bayern,Ac milan etc.LOL LOL look at score line: Bolton 22 : City00
02/11/2008 18:44:00
By the way didn'y BVolton play in Reebok rather than JJB? I guess being the richest syndrome.
02/11/2008 18:45:00
Excited, saimon?
Johnny Baguette
02/11/2008 18:51:00
You lot are s**t man losing 2-0 to Bolton, and what makes me laugh is that you think you can challenge for 4th. Even if you buy loads of quality players in January, that don't guarantee you success. If you do buy and buy your just going to have players who are going to play for them selves and not for the team, plus your team will not be balanced enough to challenege. So stop dreaming the only club that can challenege is Villa and we won't even make it this year, so you have no chance. UTV, VILLA FOR 4TH.
02/11/2008 19:15:00
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