Deryck writing up
Deryck writing up
Left Aberdeen at 0900 Saturday morning & picked up members at Laurencekirk, Dundee & Edinburgh to make it three short of a full coach.
An 8 hour journey included a 45 minute stop for a meal etc.
An overnight stay in Manchester began by meeting in Weatherspoons Piccadilly at 1900, a couple of drinks later everyone went on their way, some night clubbing others for a meal, finally got to bed at 1am.
Travel bags were transferred in the morning to the coach & then it was off to the Townley for pre-match drinks.
City started well but could not score then on 20 minutes Spurs ran up the field & Caulker scored, helped by a rare Joe Hart fumble & poor refereeing not to say anything about the quality of the linesmen.
It was still 0-1 after a poor 1st half.
City played really from then on despite Spurs changing 3 players.
Nastasic was switched for Maicon & made a big difference as soon as he came on. Dzeko took Tevez’ place and from a half chance once again scored the winner; leaving it until the 88th minute this time.
Gale Clichy took a well deserved Man of the Match Award with Zabaleta not very far behind.
The boys in blue hung on to the final whistle and thereby created a new City Premier
League Record of 32 unbeaten home league games. Brilliant stuff especially for City.
We met up at the Townley after the game & the coach left at 1600 and we were back in Aberdeen for 0030.
It was great meeting everyone again especially those from further away, hope you enjoyed it.
I would like to thank Des for all his efforts in organising the coach – it’s a big responsibility, and also to David & Richard for organising tickets for those who needed them
We traveled down to this match by plane on the Friday and here is what I learnt with regards to the travel:
Don’t trust the easy jet staff when it comes to directions for trains, we got the East Midlands train into London St Pancreas and then had to pay for this service also.
Don’t book an early flight from Gatwick if you are staying in the City Center.
Don’t go out drinking until 2AM when you need to be up at 4AM.
We stopped off in Hammersmith where I met Wayne and Brian to watch the Arsenal v Chelsea (another win for Chelsea was a shame)
Despite coming down the day before the match we were 15 minutes late for the start of the game, thanks to issues with the tube and running in the wrong direction for 5 minutes when we got out of the taxi.
Big thanks to the guy who let us jump into his taxi after I ran across the road and begged him to let us in!
Well as it happens, it worked out fairly well, we missed the Fulham goal and City were on top of the match.
We were in the neutral section and the City fans were very loud – well played lads. I’m sure this inspired the players as we watched wave after wave of attack. We seemed to be dominating possesion but lacking the penetration.
Aguero grabbed a tap in just before half time after a close range effort from Silva following good work on the wing from Tevez.
Half time came and the players were clapped off the pitch. There was a guy firing things into the crowd from a cannon and I joked there is no way he will fire it up here, but he did and it ended nicely in my arms, a fantastic catch that Hart would have been proud of. This is the second time I have caught a gift at a City match (I caught a football in Bangkok when we were beaten by Thai Allstars XI). I gave the ball to a young Thai kid in the crowd and to this day I still hope he became a City fan!
Throughout the second half City came on stronger and stronger and the fans louder and louder, even though in the neutral section you could hear the City fans giving it loads.
Dzeko was the hero once more and the chants of Edin Dzeko blasted around Crave Cottage.
We walked back to Putney Bridge singing the YaYa No Limits song and it’s only 6v1
To top it off united get beat by Spurs – City win united lose!!!
Manchester City moved into second spot in Group A of the Champions League with a comfortable victory at Villarreal.
Roberto Mancini’s side will now qualify for the knockout stages if they win in Napoli in their next game.
Yaya Toure gave City the lead when he slotted in from just inside the area, before Mario Balotelli doubled the advantage from the spot after he was fouled by Mateo Musacchio in the box.
Yaya made it 3-0 when he jinked past Carlos Marchena before firing in.
It was as easy an exercise as the scoreline suggests, with City’s night boosted by Bayern Munich’s 3-2 win against Napoli which means their Champions League fate is in their own hands.
However, it did take the Premier League leaders 30 minutes to work out how to break Villarreal’s stubborn resistance.
The Spanish side are struggling in La Liga but looked unruffled during that opening period. They worked hard as a team to suffocate City’s dangermen of David Silva, Samir Nasri and Balotelli, who tried their utmost to conjure something out of nothing.
The opening goal came from City’s first good chance of the match. Silva finally managed to free himself from the shackles and squeeze a square ball to Yaya who shifted to his right before placing his shot low into the bottom left corner of the Villarreal goal.
The lead was doubled seconds before the break when Musacchio was deemed to have brought down Balotelli in the area. On first viewing, referee Pedro Proenca’s decision seemed rash, but the replay showed that the Argentine defender had nudged the Italian
Balotelli, making his first start in the Champions League for City, slotted in his spot-kick for his seventh goal in seven games.
Villarreal barely put up a fight after the break in a half that was played at the pace of a pre-season friendly.
City themselves rarely threatened, although their best attacking move of the match resulted in the third goal.
It began on the edge of their own area before Nasri passed inside to Balotelli, who in turn found Yaya.
The Ivorian powerhouse showed nimble feet to dance past defender Carlos Marchena and stroke in his shot from eight yards.