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Manchester City 0 - Nottingham Forest 3

The City Of Manchester Stadium


Attendance: 31,869

Forest Through As City Crumble


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.

The journalist

Writer: amcollinz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 3 2009

Time: 6:18PM

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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03/01/2009 19:11:00

Of course the ALMIGHTY, GOD Robinho couldnt be bothered for such a mickey cup, yes?
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03/01/2009 19:22:00

Johnny Baguette
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03/01/2009 19:31:00

Where you that poor today?
will it ever happen
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03/01/2009 19:48:00

I cannot beging to tell you how poor Manchester City have become.
Johnny Baguette
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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.
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03/01/2009 20:07:00

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03/01/2009 20:36:00

ADUG need to show some balls and take responsibility. How can they set back and watch city crumble week by week is beyond me. With these wimps running the club, dont be suprised if we are the richest team in division one. The demise of city since hughes has come has brought me to tears today. Week after week i see this idiot "manager" make stupid subs, tactical choices and field poorly organised teams - week in, week out. He only gets cut slack from the media and fans because he is young and british. Today we were 3-0 down and he replaces fernandes for hamman! fernandes was or left winger??!?! garrido could play there.... didnt pick him. He didnt pick weiss for the bench knowing we short of wingers. His mistakes are endless... and now we are building a team of relegation allstars (upson, cruz, bellamy, parker) ....basically all his mates. He cant handle a continential players or even the bristish lads at city. Only his friends/buys (zab, kompany, swp) have performed. This guy is useless and the sooner fans, ADUG and the board realise...THE BETTER!
enzo city
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03/01/2009 21:36:00

Take heart that there is a club in a much worse situation than yourselves. You can gobble up any players you like and spit them out willy nilly. Perhaps that's you downfall but we'd give an arm and a leg for some of your second string players at the moment. We too played 4-5-1 at home to a Championship side but had Nugent, Mvuemba, Wilson, Davis and Kranjcar in midfield. A far cry from days of Diarra and Muntari.
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03/01/2009 21:43:00

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" I agree AC, today the players had a chance to show Sparky why they should be not replaced by a better player.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/01/2009 05:11:00

as I have said a few times over the last two months.....MH must be given till at least the end of this season......if we are still bottom half or worse by then....the owners will give him the boot...... ,,,,I just hope the players he brings in do it for us......not for his sake...but for City's and us fans......
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04/01/2009 09:20:00

Changing manager every time they lose a couple of matches is not in our best interest. I would go as far to say that Hughes should be given 2 more seasons
Buzz Lightyear
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04/01/2009 10:56:00

Villa fan here i'm not here to slag no one off. But surelly it's time up for Hughes. I no u did well against Rovers and Hull, but over all it aint been to good has it. Good luk for the season.
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04/01/2009 11:21:00

Hey Buzz I don't think ADUG no matter how tolerant they are will give him another season if things don't dramatically improve this season.
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04/01/2009 11:47:00

As city fans we dont know what real success looks like... sadly its down the road at old trafford. Fergusons reign of dominence is the bench mark of all managers... But he won leagues in scotland with aberdeen NOT rangers or celtic, beat real madrid in the cup winners cup. He won the FA cup and cup winners cup again with united before winning the league. Without arab billions to rely on. He wasnt finishing 8th with boring blackburn evey year. 5 years for hughes or the 2 years as suggested by buzz would be a wrong move. After all wenger won the league with arsenal in his first full season - without arab billions. Mourinho won the league in his first season - with russian millions. Success doenst have to take 2,3,4,5 years. With the right choices and decisions, it is proven clubs can have success. Chelsea and arsenal were in better positions than city, but with money we have we can turn the football world on its head. We are on another planet fininacially to everyone. Imagine what a real top manager could achieve at city , with better crimcumstances (money wise) than arsenal, utd and chelsea????? Yes -city have sacked many managers in the past. This shouldnt hinder clear judgement to the current results of the team. Yes - we are worse under hughes then we were under preace (points wise, not entertainment) Yes-Hughes is underperforming constantly as a manager. YES-the players dont like him. YES-they should be playing for the shirt, but if your manager cant inspire a good team spirit, consistancy, improvement, it makes your job alot harder. City have been given a gift from the heavens....ADUG BILLIONS! If we were broke, id give hughes more time. But we are not. We dont have to stay loyal to manager who is crap, jsut for the sake of being loyal. We can afford the best, to the best! Imagine if hughes signs 5 players in jan, they will need time to gel- thats a fact. The current squad isnt gelling NOW!!!! Hes had 6 months and they are not buying into his ideas. How on earth will he mix the "relegation allstars" (cruz, bellamy, parker, upson- none of which are ripping up trees at there clubs) into a squad that clearly dislikes him anyway. City will likely be fighting relegation through feb-march. Then hughes is replaced in the summer, thats near 200million hughes has spent achieving f-all! Get a world class manager in now and prepare for next season. A proper assault on a top4 finish, not preparing travel arrangements to bramhall lane. It looks like they all the lads misssven and they are playing to get hughes the sack. And he doesnt need any more help in that department. Food for thought. Richards and dunne are woeful this season because corluka has gone. Effectively we had three centre backs in defence. Richards had dunne and corluka either side of him, to hide his short comings.
enzo city
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04/01/2009 14:20:00

enzo city: I can't disagree with anything you say, especially with his crappy list of potential targets which will never get us near 4th even if the league started today. My worry is we have left it too late now and as a team we need a clear out of the slackers that are driving the team down too. I just think bec the club did not get rid of Hughes when they should have he is now the best placed to get rid of the dead wood that only try when they feel like it before the manager we deserve turns up in the summer. I looked at the first team list and out of 30 we have 15 that add no value whatsoever and cannot do a job against part timers without being propped up by others. However, I think your assessment of Hughes' limitations and the fact that mountains of cash can fasttrack success is spot on as we have both wanted Hughes to walk the plank for some time.
City Girl
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04/01/2009 16:31:00

Tudor, your 6-0 City score prediction was incorrect
Johnny Kipper
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05/01/2009 16:00:00


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