3 more City wins then a loss: ManUre, Chelsea, Wigan, Spurs

ManUre 1- 2 City

I watched this one on TV (well, on TV via the Sky app on the Xbox) and would have taken a point if offered before KO. It was an enjoyable game though as you’d expect in a derby, it was a bit heated at times. I couldn’t believe it when we went 0-1 up thanks to the efforts of Nasri and Milner 🙂 I did rather scream my delight and made a mental apology to the elderly lady who lives next door. Billy was watching with me and asked if I’d still take a point – to which I replied that I would, and as it turned out, unfortunately our lead didn’t last too long though it was harsh that Kompany was “credited” with an own goal. The remainder of the game was very nerve racing for me (and probably all fans of either team) and I thought every one of our team played well and Tevez stood out for his energy and tenacity. With about 20 minutes to go, Aguero came on and caused ManUre problems before taking on all comers and scoring a brilliant solo goal.

Sergio takes on 4 and still scores!

I was ecstatic but fully expected them to equalise as to win away at OT twice on the bounce seemed too good to be true. Happily, it wasn’t and whilst this didn’t really alter the title race, it dented their pride and bolstered ours 🙂

MCFC’s 60-Second highlights here
MCFC’s extended highlights here

Chelsea 1 – 2 City FA Cup semi-final

Rather decadently I managed to watch both our game and the Toon derby. Billy had gone to the match and I watched at home with Raji but alas it was a deserved result. The referee was very poor (Sunderland should have had penalty and a Newcastle goal was disallowed for off-side when it was clearly onside by a mile) but he didn’t alter the fact that Sunderland were the better team on the day.

So on to ours – I couldn’t call it and hoped it would be a good game, whichever way it went, and it most certainly was! WHAT a great game and neutrals will have loved it as it was end to end. It was a brilliant performance from both teams, but especially City who dominated right up until the last 20 minutes or so, at which time we rode our luck and only some fantastic defending and goal-keeping kept us in it. I was utterly convinced that we’d concede during this period as Chelsea came alive and we went to bits at the back.
My nerves were shot by end but the goals by Nasri and Aguero were enough, despite Ba’s brilliant one for Chelsea – and we were through to the final 🙂

MCFC’s 60-second highlights here
MCFC’s extended highlights here
Kippax Blue’s photos here

City 1 – 0 Wigan

I watched this game online even though I was really tired and having a stressful week at work and could have done without a late night really. It was a dire match! City looked like they’d all been drugged and Wigan were all over us in every position. It was only a matter of time before they scored and we didn’t look like we would at all.Hart was on the ball though (quite literally) and he saved us a few times, and Lescott made a magnificent clearance off the line so that somehow it remained 0-0 with 10 minutes to go. Tevez had yet another high-energy game and he pulled a goal out of his hat and gave us a miraculous, undeserved 3 points! Even though Wigan, as usual, brought only a handful of fans, I did have to feel sorry for them as they should have had at least 1 point, if not all 3.

MCFC’s 60-second highlights here
MCFC’s extended highlights here
Kippax Blue’s photos here

Spurs 3 – 1 City

I really didn’t have time to spend a couple of hours watching football as I was busy preparing the house for a VIP visit the next day. The 1.30pm KO wasn’t at all helpful in this regard so I put the match on TV (via Xbox) and kept half an eye on it whilst sorting, cleaning and cooking. (So it’s my own fault for not giving the boys my full support 😉 ) It was a lively game and Spurs came at us repeatedly at first but somehow Tevez kept the ball when he really had no right to do so, to pass it to Nasri who managed to get it in the back of the net – against the run of play! Yess! 🙂 We looked fairly comfortable for the remainder of the first half though I was a bit frustrated that we weren’t more clinical in front of goal. In the second half we got more and more casual – you can’t just sit back at 0-1 up, especially away from home, and that’s just what we did. Spurs made some good substitutions and we didn’t bother. We started to be more and more under attack and looking less and less willing to do anything about it. When they equalised it was no more than they deserved but it also pushed them on to score another 2 goals in close succession. It was pointless waiting until almost 85 minutes to make our subs (I thought Dzeko should have been subbed early in the second half as it just wasn’t happening for him today) Bizarrely we put Lescott on (at 90 minutes!) up front! I’m hoping there was sound logic there but even if so, it was far too little, far too late. Spurs fully deserved their win and City should have been more awake.

MCFC links to follow.

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