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Forest Through As City Crumble

Manchester City
0 - 3
Nottingham Forest

The City Of Manchester Stadium


Attendance: 31,869



Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Dunne, Ball, Kompany, Fernandes (Hamann 60), Elano, Wright-Phillips (Vassell 24), Sturridge, Caicedo (Jo 70).

Unused subs: Schmeichel (GK), Garrido, Berti, Clayton.


Smith, Chambers, Morgan, Breckin, Anderson, Perch (Wilson 18), McGugan, Thornhill, Cohen, Earnshaw (Garner 73), Tyson (Davies 81).

Unused subs: Richardson (GK), Byrne, Heath, Reid.

Manchester City`s greeted the day with the signing of Wayne Bridge, but ended the day with embarrassment as they where sent crashing out of the Cup by Nottingham Forest.

The game started after the unveiling of City`s new Left-back, but the cheers where almost silenced at the second minute mark. Nathan Tyson crossed the ball from the right, and Lewis McGugan met the ball with his head but he somehow managed to head the ball wide.

City then managed their best chance in the half when Sturridge forced a save from Smith as his header looked set to send the home fans into raptures.

The game then dealt a blow to both teams. James Perch was brought off and replaced by Kelvin Wilson and the "indestructible" Shaun Wright-Phillips headed straight down the tunnel with a possible thigh injury. He was replaced by Vassell.

Sturridge then forced Smith into another save on the 37th minute as his sharp shot caught the keeper unaware but flew smartly down to his left, and concede the corner. However the next 10 minutes would send the away section into complete eruption. Firstly Nathan Tyson struck a 20-yard volley past Hart, after Richards had failed to clear and then on the 42nd minute, little Rob Earnshaw diverted Matt Thornhill`s shot into the goal.

City did however manage to re-cooperate some what at the beginning of the second-half. Kompany`s run gave Caicedo a sight at goal but his powerful strike was well turned over by Smith. Caicedo then had another effort from his left foot saved by Smith as City where beginning to look like they where running out of ideas.

Hughes then made a couple of changes as the headless chicken Fernandes was taken off and shortly later, Caicedo who impressed again was replaced by Jo. Richard Dunne then took on the forest side when he managed to go past several tackles before Elano`s cross was put behind.

City`s game was dead and buried though on the 75th minute. Hamann`s poor throw-in went straight past the cit defence and Joe garner with his first touch steadied himself and then released his shot which fired past Hart.
Manchester City looked like a broken team, and when the final whistle went I bet Bridge was thinking, what have I done?

Aaron`s Conclusion:

Ok, this isn`t the worst possible result. Were out and were outplayed but we can fully focus on the league and Europe. If Hughes can continue to bring in quality like Bridge then the results will come in time. Forget today and live for tomorrow. I wonder whose next through the door`s of Eastlands.

Star Player

Caicedo- Only one of a few players who can be credited with an ok performance.

Date:Saturday January 3 2009
Time: 6:18PM


Star Player Caicedo- Only one of a few players who can be credited with an ok performance. Perhaps thats why MH took him off! Now I understand why he bought Bridge (his old team mate), he wants Bellamy and Santa.... he needs some friends in the dressing room! Bring in a real world class manager fast before we are a team of MH has beens in the Championship.
03/01/2009 18:48:00
There'll be no MOTM poll this week that's for sure. Tellingly, Hughes has yet to comment to the press....
Johnny Baguette
03/01/2009 18:51:00
I've heard MH's press conference but I can't find it anywhere on the net. Once I do, i'll publish it. In the meantime, in essence he said my players were crap and so am I.
03/01/2009 18:54:00
When Hughes brought Joao on he should have been bringing Vasselll off, not Caicedo. He had us playing 4-5-1 at home against a Champiuonship side (Sturridge played out of position in midfield). Tactical suicide from Hughes once again. If he buys Santa Cruz and Bellamy there will be mayhem.
03/01/2009 18:56:00
This is an MCFC State of Emergency. If Hughes stays, then the players who have repeatedly signalled they don't want to play for him or even Manchester City anymore will continue to throw away league points throughout a vital January while the need for signings to replace certain cowards becomes all the more urgent. The rebuild required just cannot happen in a January which is notorious for rare big name moves. If he goes we have nobody on hand to come in with the top drawer credentials we require, unless unbelievable money is offered and teh whole management team are cleared out. A new manager than has to learn all about the wasters and chancers we have on board who have benefitted from managerial changes. Other than Droylsden's Dave Pace or Jim Cassell, who else can provide the international rescue? It's an unholy mess but something has to give. The most telling sign of deep trouble was Dunney furiously urging Elano to show some urgency as he sloped over to take another pointless corner minutes after the restart.
Johnny Baguette
03/01/2009 19:11:00
Of course the ALMIGHTY, GOD Robinho couldnt be bothered for such a mickey cup, yes?
03/01/2009 19:22:00
Johnny Baguette
03/01/2009 19:31:00
Where you that poor today?
will it ever happen
03/01/2009 19:48:00
I cannot beging to tell you how poor Manchester City have become.
Johnny Baguette
03/01/2009 19:51:00
we can fully focus on the league and Europe I AM NOT seeing any UCL or UEFA for u next season.Interesting to see if Robinho decides to play only for the league that even without any assurance of winning it.
03/01/2009 20:07:00
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