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Manchester City 0 - Bolton Wanderers 2

City of Manchester Stadium

23/12/06 3pm

Attendance: 40157

Another Xmas Shocker

It all started to go downhill around this time last year. Boxing Day saw us humbled 4-3 at Wigan and the rot well and truly set in. Another North-West derby defeat yesterday confirmed the fears of many blues.... this team is in a relegation fight when it doesn't look capable of showing any fight.

Perhaps Stuart Pearce should take a look at the opposition goalscorer because that is what the club is quite clearly missing. Pearce suggests Anelka 'could have been world class' if he had stayed at one club throughout his career. Sorry Stu but the guy is world class and was when he was at City. He was also delivering at 17 years of age for Arsenal. Strange that, especially when our 6 million investment finds himself dropped to the bench with lots to learn at 22 and replaced in the side by Paul Dickov. It really does speak volumes, as does the number of Pearce signings absent from the starting line-up.

That Anelka should score was inevitable. That he should highlight his old club's inadequacies is lamentable. This is Stuart Pearce's side now and it quite simply isn't delivering.

Bolton were worth their victory without really trying. People can blame Mike Riley for his incorrect sending off of Barton or the linesman for not calling Dickov's header a goal. But when all is said and done City do not look like scoring in any fixture at the moment and as a result don't look like winning games.

Sheffield United and West Ham are now crucial. Defeat in both and it could be Pearce's final act. The board may need to be strong for once, let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Star Player

I really cannot pluck a name up from those that represented City yesterday. Nic Anelka showed us what we lost when he moved to Fenerbache and takes the honours for me.

Manager Rating

Is it time to call time on the Pearce era? Defeats at Sheffield and West Ham may just prove so. Where are the players you brought in Stu? If the're not good enough nothing more needs saying.

Opponent Rating

Bolton play competent football. It isn't as brutal as days gone by and they look quite capable of mounting a top six challenge. Shows what a good manager and transfer policy can do for a club.




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The journalist

Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 24 2006

Time: 11:19AM

Your Comments

face it we're in the sh1t. Can't see us getting anything at Sheffield or Wham. Start 07 in the bottom 3. Pearce Out.
ronin
Merry Christmas from your friends at Stockport County. lol
Please read this rant!

cropped
pretty close to the truth I'd say
ronin
You will miss Barton. Was a silly challenge from him, and makes your life a lot harder!
Tierney
Hey CROPPED Recent results have made a mockery of your RANT ....what do you think of the situation now ???
alphieblues
Hey Alphie, not my rant, taken from an upset Blue. Most of my mates are Reddish Blues and it depends on which way the wind is blowing as to whether City will sneak that Champions league spot or get relegated. Same as them buying beers. You just never know what you are going to get.
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