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19/08/2007 13:30pm

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The problem with attempted pre derby mind games is that they often come back to haunt you.

Take Gary Neville with his now infamous 'I've never lost to City and don't intend to start now' prior to his nightmare performance in the last Maine Road derby. Pure mana from heaven for the City scriptwriters.

The problem is that they never learn from their mistakes at the home of arrogance. Well it's either that or their manager is truly losing the plot.

Prior to this game, amongst other nuggets, the bitterest of all football managers suggested that the only two City signings he had heard of were Bianchi and Petrov.

I can only imagine that his obvious lack of observational skills were to blame for his missing Geovanni's goal for Benfica against his side in the season that manyoo finished bottom of their Champions League qualifying grop.

What over explanation could there be for a manager confessing to no first hand knowledge of a player that went on to score the winning goal in today's Manchester derby? He had been warned but apparently took no notice.

I know for certain if I was a rag, god forbid, I would be questioning the shortcomings of a manager that was unaware of a player who had turned them over before.

But never mind, Sir bitterness' lack of player awareness was the key to a hard fought City victory that saw the blues go clear at the top of the Premiership.

Despite early rag domination it was the unknown Geovanni that opened the scoring on 31 minutes when the rag midfield parted to allow him a free shot on goal that was finished with aplomb.

The game was perhaps reminiscent of an Alamo style rearguard but there lies the key: Reading, Portsmouth and now City have found yoonited out. They simply cannot score.

Richards and Dunne were magnificent in preventing them doing so but non the less the caretaker champions have problems that we can only laugh at.

City, under Eriksson, have no such problems. They have ended the home scoring hoodoo, have yet to concede, sit top of the league with nine points out of nine and have turned yoonited over.

All in all a satisfactory weekend in Manchester.

Star Player

Richards .... Surely has to be earmarked as the man to partner Terry at the centre of the England defence.

Magnificent as opposed to Ferdinand's petulant.

Manager Rating

The Iceman comes out on top. SGE is showing just what a class club manager he is.

Opponent Rating

I said his bitterness was born out of fear; the expected Fergie out cries are starting already. The picture of him celebrating Tevez's miss was moment of the season so far.

Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Sunday August 19 2007
Time: 5:08PM

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interesting game, bet you lot won't come down for a week after that! Fergie looked well happy, never mind eh? Schmeichel did brilliantly, what a family! Must admit I thought Petrov looked very average though, what have you lot thought so far?
The Fear
19/08/2007 17:16:00
Brilliant article. Back of the net! Strange really, isn't it? In recent history we haven't beaten many bottom five teams..... as for Petrov and co, a Derby is a real baptism of fire and I am sure SGE can guide them as we strive to build on this superb platform.
Johnny Baguette
19/08/2007 19:18:00
Any news on Bojinov?
Johnny Baguette
19/08/2007 19:19:00
I encourage Man City from 26 years, This is the second time I see the Man City at top the league,The first time I think it was in season 89-90,The team earn 10 point in first four games, but at the end of the season, The team falle to divison one :) When is lost from luton town at last game in the season . But I think now that things have changed with the presence of rich President, Expert coach and good players .
city 81
19/08/2007 21:19:00
Laugh at the bitter one chaps [Edited by andymancity]
19/08/2007 21:28:00
Well Done City.......!
19/08/2007 21:52:00
Injured Bojinov faces three months on the sidelines !! Not good news !
city 81
19/08/2007 22:10:00
Where did the Bojinov news come from ???
19/08/2007 23:17:00
alphieblues read :,19528,11095_2671868,00.html
city 81
19/08/2007 23:56:00
It would be better to wait until he has had further checks today before specuating on how long he will be out. It is a godd job we have EIGHT strikers on the books (TAGGERT TAKE NOTE) !!
20/08/2007 06:45:00
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