Tale of 4 Cities – win, lose and draw

Sorry about this, but I am so busy working all the time then playing catch-up that I am doing 4 matches in one. Quite a nice mix of matches though I think.

Real Madrid 3 – 2 City WHAT a game this was! We fans had been so excited about this game – this would give us a chnace to see what our boys could do, and though I fully expected us to lose this, I was hoping to see a great game. We looked dreadful in the first half and at half time it was a miracle that it was 0-0 and we should have been 3 or 4 goals down! I was very disappointed, but the boys upped their game and really gave it their all in the second – I was on the edge of my seat and kicking every ball! Billy was sitting next to me and found watching me entertaining 😀 Incredibly, we went 0-1 up but less than ten minutes later it was 1-1. Then we managed 1-2 up! For two minutes – then it was 2-2! I started to dare to hope for a draw, if we could just hang on…. but then of course it had to be HIM didn’t it? Smug faced Ronaldo managed to score a late winner 🙁 Oh how I hate the sight of his face! (Guess who still hasn’t forgiven him for his gloating at beating England on penalties in 2006!) At first it was a huge disappointment and the players were absolutely devastated to have lost, and so late on in the game (agreed, there was some wobbly defending at times) but we fans were so very proud of them and surely we wouldn’t play a tougher game than this in a while. It’s a great sign of how far we’ve come to be disappointed at losing away at the Bernabeu!
MCFC’s 60-second highlights here

City 1-1 Arsenal I took mum with me to this match as it coincided with the weekend just before my birthday and with my grandad having been a Gunners fan we have a soft spot for Arsenal and enjoy this fixture. Mum had bought me the new season’s shirt, complete with gold “Champions” badges on the sleeves so I wore it for the first time – and love it!

We were using a friend’s 2 tickets in level 1 so we had a great close up view (though I do miss seeing a good overview from my usual seat on level 3) We also took along my friend Lee who was using my ticket for the game. We weren’t disappointed in terms of entertainment – it was a lovely game of football with some beautiful passing and movement. Sadly, this was mostly by Arsenal for most of the game, and it was against the run of play that we went 1-0 up (though a great bit of skill by Lescott) As usual Mike Dean (ref) thought we were there to watch him rather than the players and made sure we all knew that he had a whistle and wanted to use it! Though he really didn’t give us much at all, he didn’t affect the outcome of the game – it was our own slap-dash, absent-at-times defending that allowed Arsenal to equalise – though late on in the game we did come alive and had a couple of chances to score again ourselves. In the end, I was relieved with a point as really Arsenal deserved the full three. A very enjoyable game nonetheless and it certainly flew by. It had started to tain at half time and though the stand above protected us from the worst, it also allowed great drops of water to accumulate and then plop down onto us which made us laugh. We also laughed with the two men behind us who teased us about having to repeatedly stand up to let people pass us and when they joked that my friend usually gave them tea and biscuits at half time, mum gave them my unwanted Fudge to share 😀 We’d arranged to meet Lee back in City Square and kill time there for the hour or so we’d have to wait to get away, but in the end it was too wet to stay there long so after a hotdog each, we went back to the car and had a cup of tea whilst waiting. I have no idea what the hold up was but it was much later than I expected before we finally got to move so Lee was late for his train from Chester back to Stoke – though hopefully it had been worth it to be at the game. I stayed the night with mum before driving home at 6am on the Monday, parked the car and then went straight to work. At least this means I can go to Sunday evening games which is much better than missing out when they get shifted to Monday night ones.
MCFC’s 60-second highlights here
MCFC’s extended highlights here
Kippax Blue’s photos here

City 2 – 4 Villa (League Cup) This one wasn’t available to watch anywhere so I had to make do with the official MCFC twitter commentary and can’t make much comment. The starting line-up was a change to previous matches, it sounded as though it was a bit of a battle and indeed was 2-2 at the end of the full 90 minutes. It sounds like Villa had a bit more to give though when it came to extra time and by all accounts they deserved their 2-4 win. SO one less competition to worry about I suppose, but I hoped the boys got themselves sorted and back to playing better soon.
MCFC’s highlights here
Kippax Blue’s photos here

Fulham 1 – 2 City I watched this one online and though I hoped for a win, I really wanted to see some passion, confidence, and good football – and I certainly got it! 🙂 The lineup was announced about an hour before KO and it was absolutely mouthwatering: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Clichy, Nastasic, Garcia, Barry, Silva, Y Toure, Aguero, Tevez! If we couldn’t play a good game with that lot, then we may as well give up on the season now! Happily, the game lived up to expectations and we played some absolutely beautiful football and played it with belief. Unbelievably, after 10-minutes, we went 1-0 down to a penalty that never was! I think I’m pretty good at allowing for human error and what the ref saw in a short space of time, but this was clear to me and I can’t see how it was given (especially as I agreed with Tevez that WE should have had a penalty later but didn’t get it!) 🙁 It was all City and at last, just before the break, we got our reward with a goal to equalise – thank goodness for that! The second half carried on in the same vein with City having all the possession and play but Fulham resolutely defending, with the odd break of their own added in. We missed some great chances but their keeper also made some great saves, including one bang ON the goal line which was spot on. Happily the second half ended as the first half had – with a goal for City thanks to Dzeko who had only just come on as a sub. It had been coming and I felt that we fully deserved the win. Credit where it is due though, not many teams will take points from Fulham on their own patch this season I think. We needed that win, and we fans certainly enjoyed watching our players perform so well again. Well done City.
MCFC’s 60-second highlights here
MCFC’s extended highlights here

So…….. this little run started and ended with an excellence performance, one a narrow loss against a top team and one a deserved victory agaisnt a resolute one. Hopefully we can kick on from here and keep playing good football 🙂

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