City 2 – 0 Bolton

This was a Tuesday evening match, so I didn’t go – Fordy had my ticket and I watched on TV.

I had come down with a cold on Monday and all day Tuesday my eyes and nose were streaming, red raw, and very sore. I really didn’t feel at all well and wasn’t sure I could manage to stay up and watch the game. But Billy cooked the dinner whilst I got myself into my PJ’s, he brought me a hot water bottle, did the usual evening chores that I normally do, and we sat together to watch the match (Billy also following the text updates of Newcastle’s game against Derby.) And so, thanks to Billy, and being utterly City mad, I did watch. (As did a friend of mine in Ireland, who was also ill, but watching from his sick bed. As he said in a text “Daft, the pair of us!” πŸ˜‰

As the usual evening pre-match darkening of the stadium and the Blue Moon on the screens was shown, I was “homesick” – though was a bit disconcerted that Andy-Bloody-Gray said he rather likes this atmosphere building exercise. Hmmm. I normally disagree with absolutely every word that comes from him – on principle πŸ˜›

The game itself was not pretty – but it got the job done, 3 points in the hat and 4th spot in the table.

Only a couple of talking points – our penalty was definitely a penalty! I thought at first that it was just outside the area which was the only thing that gave me any doubts – but as it was just INside, and the intention was cynical, it was a clear penalty. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the way it was converted – Jaaskelainen played mind games, Tevez shot hard and straight at him, but somehow the ball bounced off the keeper and went in anyway πŸ˜€

I think Bolton probably should have had a penalty themselves when Toure fouled their number 9 at the their end, but the ref decided against.

I lost count of the number of times SWP was hacked down when he came on and feel that Bolton were very lucky not have had a red card, never mind more yellows! They certainly were playing a “feisty” game!

Ade’s goal was an absolute thunderbolt and nothing was stopping that ball going in the net – I half expected to see the ball come THROUGH the back of the goal! A brilliant goal which made up a little for Ade’s off-sides and moments of laziness.

Our new signing, Adam Johnson, looked excellent – if he carries on playing with this enthusiasm, pace and skill, he’ll be an absolute bargain at £6 million. πŸ™‚

By half time I really was struggling to stay with it, but I am glad I did. City’s win cheered me up a bit and I could collapse thankfully into bed with at least half a smile on my face. Sadly for Billy and mum, both their teams lost that night though πŸ™

Kippax Blue’s photos here.

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