UK time is: 20:28:55
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 24 2006

Time: 11:19AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
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
Report Abuse
24/12/2006 12:58:00

Merry Christmas from your friends at Stockport County. lol
Please read this rant!

cropped
Report Abuse
24/12/2006 13:44:00

pretty close to the truth I'd say
ronin
Report Abuse
24/12/2006 14:07:00

You will miss Barton. Was a silly challenge from him, and makes your life a lot harder!
Tierney
Report Abuse
24/12/2006 21:16:00

Hey CROPPED Recent results have made a mockery of your RANT ....what do you think of the situation now ???
alphieblues
Report Abuse
30/12/2006 20:17:00

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.
cropped
Report Abuse
31/12/2006 16:16:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Buzz Lightyear 423
2. Johnny Baguette 354
3. Skoorb 302
4. fifthcolumnblue 255
5. Bluedub 235
6. kennyclementstache 212
7. citizhun 200
8. rojo2010 191
9. CITYBOY1000 113
10. Chippy_Tea 96

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 0 - 2 Arsenal
Everton 1 - 1 Man City
Man City 3 - 2 Sunderland
Man City 2 - 2 Burnley
WBA 1 - 3 Man City
Man City 3 - 0 Crystal Palace

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 22 16 4 2 +32 52
2. Man City 22 14 5 3 +23 47
3. Southampton 22 13 3 6 +21 42
4. Man Utd 22 11 7 4 +15 40
5. Arsenal 22 11 6 5 +14 39
6. Spurs 22 11 4 7 +2 37
7. West Ham 22 10 6 6 +10 36

Breaking League News

Myhill Boost For Pulis
WBA : 26/01/2015 20:27:00
Hooiveld Swaps Norwich For Millwall
Southampton : 26/01/2015 20:21:00
Swansea City Bid For French Left Back?
Swansea : 26/01/2015 20:16:00
Manager's 'Can't Win' With Cup Team Selections
Swansea : 26/01/2015 20:04:00
Palace Face Liverpool Or Bolton
Crystal Palace : 26/01/2015 19:44:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Was it right to go to Abu Dhabi?
Suggested By:  
Yes 50%
No 0%
Can we say yet? 50%