November City – West Ham to Real Madrid

West Ham 0 – 0 City: I watched this one in the pub in Newcastle with the North East Blues, and Billy kindly escorted me (as I won’t travel about at night on my own.) It was a decent turnout and we watched comfortably as the big screen was up so we got to “enjoy” every heart-stopping moment. After a poor first half, in the second we had lots of play and a few chances but it looked like being one of those days for us where we just couldn’t score. And so it proved! The Hammers DID score, but their goal was disallowed for off-side – incorrectly in my opinion, the goal was on and should have stood. This was a point with which I was relieved and in all honestly West Ham should have won that. Although I’m not a big fan of watching games in a pub, I did enjoy the evening and it was a novelty to watch with fellow Blues other than being at a game live.

MCFC’s 60-Second Highlights here
MCFC’s Extended highlights here

Ajax 2-2: I watched this one at home and was annoyed at the 2 early soft goals we conceded, but pleased with a better second half performance. In the end I was incensed that we had had two penalty shouts denied (one stonewall I felt) and the potential winning goal disallowed for off-side when it wasn’t. The referee further upset me when he blew the whistle 30 seconds early, when the last kick of the ball SHOULD have been a penalty and would have at least been a corner for City. I hate a game being decided by the ref and this was one of those games.🙁

MCFC’s 60-Second highlights here
Kippax Blue’s photos here

City 2-1 Spurs: I went to this match and met up with Claire and Simon. You may remember that Claire is a Spurs fan and that the couple have now moved down south, so this was a great opportunity to see them again as well as to enjoy the football. It was brilliant seeing them and catching up both before and after the game (they were sitting elsewhere so we didn’t watch the match together.) Naturally, the Remembrance Day two minute silence was perfectly observed before kick off. I felt City were average at first and conceding from yet another set piece early on was typical of late! Fortunately we did pick up and in fact Maicon came on for the last half hour or so and made a huge difference – Spurs didn’t know what to do with him. Ade was playing for Spurs and was up against Zaba – and what a battle they had – however I can’t believe Ade got away with the stuff he did. Then again, the ref gave City NOTHING! Every decision went against us, we had several incorrect offside decisions, and even Claire agreed he’d got an awful lot wrong! Another game where the ref was poor (to put it politely!) Home fans joined together to sing “You’re worse than Clattenburg” which says a lot. In the end though we managed the win we deserved, despite the officials, and that made it doubly pleasing. 🙂

MCFC’s 60-Second highlights here
Kippax Blue’s photos here

City 5 – 0 Villa: I struggled watching this one as my usual webstream site was down but I did manage to follow most of it, albeit with streams stopping and starting. Annoyingly, this was a game I’d have gone to but circumstances dictated otherwise. We looked comfortable from the start to be honest and our first goal was no real surprise. However our second was a penalty which really wasn’t one! Even the City players were bemused when it was given. The third, also a spot kick, was much more of a penalty and after that we simply cruised.I wouldn’t go so far as to say the ref gave us the game as I think we’d have won anyway, but it did make a change for decisions to go our way after the recent spate of poor refereeing costing us. Once again, Maicon played well and for me, he was the MotM. A very pleasing result and performance.

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

City 1-1 Real Madrid: Not being a fan of the Champions League, as you know, I fully expected us to lose and to exit the competition, but I did want a decent performance so we could hold up our heads when turning attention to the domestic season. And in the second half I got it! We conceded another soft goal in the first half (though at least it wasn’t smug-face Ronaldo who actually had a frustrating game and was most upset 😉 ) but after that we looked like the City of last year and I could just sit back and enjoy. Eventually we got a deserved a penalty and Real Madrid went down to 10 men. In the end the draw wasn’t enough and we are out of the competition, for which I’m grateful – it would have been worse to have had to keep our minds focussed on a miracle next game. As it is we COULD still end up in the Europa League if the last game goes well – and I don’t want that at all. I know club’s need to do well in Europe as it’s good business, but as a fan I would prefer to succeed domestically before widening horizons too far. I do think, however, that if we make it into Europe next season, we should have learned a few valuable lessons from our first two seasons there and might be able to get a little further as I think we’ve grown up slightly over these games.

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

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