Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Drab Affair Adds To Disappointment

City
0 - 0
United

Eastlands

20.00

Attendance: 47,207

Referee:

For some this was the ultimate. The intensity of the Manchester Derby has never projected so much tension, animosity or talent, now was the chance to showcase undoubted ability.

Unfortunately after everything which was expected never materialised. The explosion of hatred and emotion never came, the talent was hidden, the passion was futile.

The pre-match build up has never received so much coverage. Even though both sides have failed to find top gear this season, they sat at the peak of the table- only Chelsea were placed above City and United.

Could the pretenders to the throne really fulfil their goals? Or would Manchester United continue to fight for trophies even when looking far from the side they once was?

All those questions, no answers.

As the game progressed only one question was needed. Do either side want to win this?
It didn`t look that way. Both sides were extra cautious and the chances were few and far between. The enthralling attacking of City`s quartet was lacking support and drive, United`s attack was too predictable.

In the post-match press conference Roberto Mancini explained how his side "we`re trying to win." However, as the full time whistle was blown and the score remained 0-0 everything seemed lifeless.

One thing was for certain, it wasn`t the atmosphere which was lacking, there`s something much deeper which turned this blockbuster into amateur.

The cautious approach is sometimes needed in football, but the more it creeps into the English game, the more damaging it becomes.
It became so damaging this evening that only one chance of note was created. No surprise that Carlos Tevez was the man at the centre of attention, but his swirling free-kick brought a brilliant save from Van der sar.

The frustration around the ground increased as both defences were on top, the attacking flair which Silva, Tevez and Nani possess was thwarted with ease.

Was this really a Manchester Derby then? To me it looked like no more than a kick around the park.

Star Player

DE Jong- with the defences on top he shone.

Player Ratings


Hart-6

Did what he had to do with ease.

Boateng-6

Made some excellent last ditch interventions, but sometimes offered Evra and co too much space.

Kompany-7

Was very solid throughout.

Toure-7

Was very soolid throughout.

Zabaleta-7

Kept Nani very quiet and had a good, solid game.

De Jong-8

City's best performer.

Barry-6

Looked laboured at time, but got stuck in.

Yaya Toure-7

His runs were a constant threat so why didn't he use them more and to better effect?

Milner-5

Was again very quiet.

Silva-5

With little support he couldn't offer much.

Tevez-6

Ran his heart out with no reward. Was sometimes too selfish.

Johnson-6

Tried to test the fullbacks and did more than Milner had done previously.

Kolarov-5

Couldn't add much with time ticking away.

Adebayor

His 1 minute wasn't long enough.


Writer:Yak
Date:Thursday November 11 2010
Time: 1:19AM

Comments

0
Couldn't have summed it up better OAB - thought Milner was 6 though.
Thaibluefan
11/11/2010 02:26:00
0
If we expected this to be played like a cup tie, we were kidding ourselves. Just too much at stake for both teams, a bit like a WC final. Often boring.
johnkelv
11/11/2010 06:07:00
0
Nice one, OAB. Indeed frustrating as we have the tools to turn them over with interest.
Johnny Baguette
11/11/2010 10:30:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Your Favourite Goal From The Monaco Blitzkrieg?
Suggested By: Shaun Gloater
R Sterling 2613%
S Aguero 586%
S Aguero 7158%
J Stones 763%
L Sane 8220%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 26 2017 2:15PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2017 4:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 11 2017 12:30PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2017 4:30PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 5 2017 7:45PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear543
2.Skoorb257
3.Johnny Baguette254
4.Rising140
5.Bluedub119
6.Tudor103
7.johnkelv96
8.Colin Is The King74
9.citizhun74
10.kennyclementstache56
Write for Vital Football