Deryck writing up
Deryck writing up
First game of the season and I drove down to this match with Des, Scott and Steve.
Tried out our new season tickets and they are in a cracking location together on the half way line.
Almost identical match to the QPR game at the end of last season ending in 3v2 after we took the lead and went behind in the match.
Goals from Tevez, Dzeko and Nasri were enough to seal the 3 points and set City off to a successful start to the season. I can’t handle these 3v2 matches, bring back the 1v0 wins
Nasri and YaYa celebrate the end of Ramadan!
Watched this match in a pub in Banff when we were away celebrating my mates Birthday, me and my mate Dave nipped off to local pub and what a cracking day we had. Pub was full of friendly locals and a guest appearance from a Elvis impersonator.
Great result and the first piece of silverware this season thanks to great goals from Yaya, Tevez and Nasri.
A good result away from home and good news with the result from O/T you should have heard the cheer when we found out the final score!
We did the business versus Wolves, should have had a hatful and obviously felt a bit sorry for them being relegated. Just got to win the last three games and keep ahead on goal difference to clinch it!
Goals from Nasri and Aguero were enough to put them to the sword
Fifty weeks have now passed since the Blues last tasted the sharp bitterness of defeat at home – 24 wins, 2 draws and 71 goals scored – and by all sane measures, bar the law of Sod, the Canaries were never going to tarnish that proud achievement.
‘Typical City’ might have given another full house a few flutters but this is ‘Roberto Mancini’s City’ and that’s an entirely different beast to the ever so slightly schizophrenic versions of more recent times.
An instinctive strike from Sergio Aguero in the 32nd minute supplemented by a slightly comical effort from Samir Nasri set the seal on another three points and maintained City’s ferocious pace atop the Barclays Premier League.
The gloss to the result was added by Yaya Toure curling in a fine effort from just inside the box.
Even with Bayern Munich and Champions League D-day looming – Norwich famously know all about beating the Bavarian powerhouses in European competition – Mancini took no chances with his starting line-up.
Joleon Lescott, James Milner, and Mario Balotelli were, however, left on the bench, and Kolo Toure got a rare Premier League start.
On a raw Mancunian afternoon the Blues warmed the cockles of their followers’ hearts with a string of attacking moves that put observers in mind of a sleek, fit, alert cat in the prime of its life toying with a bedraggled mouse that had seen better days.
That is not to disparage in any way Norwich who have done well since arriving in the top flight this season and who play neat, attractive, well-ordered football but rather to emphasise the class of Mancini’s side which moves the ball with a calm, ruthless thoughtfulness that is the envy of many of their peers.
Central to this particular easy-on-the-eye success were Aguero and David Silva whose legs might not have been the quickest on the slick, Etihad Stadium turf but whose combined thought processes and football brains were yards quicker than their foes!
The dynamic duo skittered hither and thither with purpose and panache; a two-man assault team that was unstoppable. Aguero could have had three by half-time.
The Argentinian should have broken the deadlock before quarter time but somehow managed to side foot Nasri’s cross over the bar from seven yards, it was a glaring miss.
No matter, when Micah Richards made one of his trademark darting runs into the box just past the half hour mark, Aguero ignored shouts for handball against Leon Barnett and instead extricated himself from a maze of yellow socked legs and toe poked the matching coloured ball into the bottom corner.
Within three minutes it should have been 2-0 but Aguero this time blazed over the bar from a tight angle after again finding space where there appeared to be none.
Still none of that mattered as the game followed a familiar pattern in the second half with Nasri’s skidding, googly of a free kick fooling John Ruddy for the second and Yaya Toure, as has been his M.O. in recent weeks, side footing home a gem of a third from Silva’s pass.
Their work done Aguero and Silva retired to the side lines leaving Yaya and Gareth Barry to continue an afternoon-long master class in retaining and using possession.
Norwich’s consolation came ten minutes from time from the head of Steve Morison but even then there was time for Mario Balotelli to restore the three-goal margin and then fellow substitute Adam Johnson to roll home a fifth.
Superb game at Ewood Park, we stayed over night at the Darwin hotel and we were treated to a graet performance from the blues.
After a tough goalless first half we bagged 4 in quick succession, goals scored by
A Johnson 56, Balotelli 59, Nasri 72, Savic 86.
Johnson scored a cracking cutling shot, followed up by a KungFu kick by Balotelli.
Nasri scored late on and Savic scored a bullet header to make it 4.
The thing that stood out for me that day was the noise of the crowd. The entire stand screamed Mancini Manci throughout as support for the Tevez incident in Munich.
On the other side of the scale it was sad to see the Blackburn fans be so cruel to Steve Keane.
He comes from Italy to manage Man City
Dzeko showed just why he has become first choice for Roberto Mancini’s new galacticos with the brilliant four-goal blast that devastated Tottenham in a remarkable White Hart Lane victory.
The Bosnia striker, who couldn’t buy a Premier League goal last season, snapped up a perfect hat-trick then added an injury-time stunner to emphasise his own potency and that of the buoyant Blues.
Samir Nasri conjured an impressive enough midfield debut on his instant return to north London, but his performance – and a good few others – was totally overshadowed by Dzeko’s irresistible display.
Superb performance from City, what a player Dzeko is, 4 special goals, I find it hard to choose between the backwards header and the amazing strike from 30 yards.
Gotta love the grin on Nasri’s face after Dzeko scores again.