In 2016 City have played nine, won one, drawn one and lost seven, during which time they have scored eight and conceded 22. They’ve taken a single point from their last seven league games and have gone 14 PL games on the road without a clean sheet.
Archives for February 2016
With 12 games to go, we sit six points better off than Leicester at the same point last season – with a similar goal difference – yet we seem to be everyone’s favourites for the drop, much as our opponents almost certainly were then.
He made it a hat-trick last season when, with us, he won promotion in the most glorious fashion, bringing about a wholly unexpected day of joy to the players and fans of a team who were, in early December 2014, in 11th place in the Championship, one win in six and seemingly in freefall.
Some of those goals can be dug up online with a bit of a struggle but what I recall about the Fash was his raw power and athleticism, the like of which had not been seen or is yet to be matched in a City striker of such a young age.
In truth, if anyone were to offer us a point at the King Power and another at Carrow Road three days later we’d whip their hand off wouldn’t we? Either way the smart money has to be on City being in the bottom three by the time we make the long journey west to Swansea on March 5.
After a goalless first half, the game burst into life with Robbie Brady winning the ball before smashing the ball into the roof of the net; the Irish international furthering his claims to win the player of the season despite regularly being deployed out of his best position…
For three players to get attracted to the ball when at the feet of the silky-skilled Andy Carroll, while leaving Dimitri Payet the freedom of the penalty area was asking for trouble. Ditto giving England non-starter Noble a free strike under no pressure whatsoever.
Brown went on to win an FA Cup winners medal with the Hammers in 1964 and, a year later, played alongside Moore at the heart of the defence as part of the club’s victorious European Cup Winners Cup side that beat TSV 1860 München 2-0 in the final at Wembley.
Last time it was Swansea, this time it’s Bournemouth; teams which were promoted alongside us but which subsequently captured the national media’s imagination in a way that we didn’t. The praise being heaped on Eddie Howe and the whole Bournemouth fairy tale has become tiresome.
Our new loanee Patrick Bamford was drawn to come to Norwich for the rest of the season because of limited opportunities at Palace but more specifically because of the “total football” which he saw first-hand at Wembley
I think Alex Neil was right to change our approach after Newcastle; if he hadn’t, we were heading the way of Ian Holloway’s Blackpool. He was even right, in my view, to change for the Stoke game following the home wins against Villa and Southampton, both of whom have very different styles and strengths to Stoke’s.
Instead of hovering near but not quite in the brown stuff we’re slap, bang in the middle of the it. Right up to our necks in fact. But that’s what tends to happen when you lose five league games on the bounce and when in that miserable run you’re shipping goals at an average of more than three per game.
Times and fashions have changed greatly since then but when football is boiled down to the bare essentials, it was and still is about sticking the ball in the back of the net more times than your opponent.
So… Manchester City. They stockpile players like a Star Wars nerd stockpiles action figures. And, more often than not, Manchester City never bother to open the box either.
A midfield that contains Alex Tettey and Youssouf Mulumbu and which doesn’t contain Wes and Nathan Redmond is designed specifically to make it hard for our opponents, and to stifle their creativity and attacking intent. It isn’t designed, or equipped, to be 1-0 in just over a minute.
I’ve been on the receiving end of some sharp comment from him. When I once tweeted that I thought Jerome should be our starting striker, I became one of the people that Laffs sought out to say he disagreed.