Sunderland 1 – 0 City

I’d have liked to have gone to this game, it being a local one, but sadly, finances didn’t allow, so it was good old Online Footy again for me.

The starting line-up was unchanged from the one that beat Liverpool 3-0 so I was cautiously optimistic of getting a result – though I had warned Newcastle supporting colleagues not to rely on City as they could only be relied upon to do the unexpected!

From early on, this was an edge of the seat match – and it brought new meaning to the phrase “end to end” – the ball fairly skipped through the mid-field on its way to either end and all the action seemed to be at each end. City looked bright and I felt, were fairly comfortably on top in terms of possession. Scoring, however, proved another thing entirely – and Tevez’ chance of scoring from a lovely Yaya pass, was described as “unmissable” – evidently it wasn’t! I still don’t know HOW he came to miss, but indeed he did. (To be fair, he didn’t quite appear to be on top of his game, though not for a want of visible effort.) Yaya Toure looked really impressive and though the score was 0-0 at half time, I still thought we’d score and hopefully take all three points.

I’d love to have been a fly on the wall for the two team talks in the break! Sunderland’s must have been positively inspiring, whereas ours must have fallen on deaf ears. Inexplicably, City looked a shadow of what they’d been in the first half and Sunderland started to look like they might score. As the game drew to a close, I’d resigned myself to a hard won point and if I was honest, felt it would be a fair result in the end.

And then we went and did it! In the 90+ minute, Micah gave away a penalty – despite the tackle not being malicious, it was certainly a penalty. I couldn’t watch. I had to watch. Could Hart pull off a save and maintain his clean sheet? (The clean sheet which those blasted commentators had harped on about throughout the game! “City have yet to concede in any competition this season” …etc.!) Answer: No! Sadly not, and Bent scored the winning goal.

I was absolutely gutted! Unbelievable!

Credit to Bent though, because as soon as the final whistle had gone, he went to console Hart.

Ho hum. A reminder, if needed, that this IS City, and that means being predictably unpredictable! We could do without the international break now really, but let’s hope the boys come back fired up to thrash Blackburn next game (which will also be my first live game this season. 🙂 )

By the way, on the subject of the internationals (Euro 2012 qualifiers) how refreshing to see SIX City players in the England squad 🙂 Well done City and well done to the players (Hart, Barry, SWP, Lescott, Milner, and AJ)

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