Met 10 or 12 City fans in Aberdeen airport which is great as half of them I don’t know. Spoke to John Booth and his wife from Ellon. They manage four games a season due to work commitments so it was good to catch up with them. Johns one the lucky ones who has never seen City beaten when he’s been to watch them. I do know people who have never seen them win, but that’s changing thankfully.
Met Des & Alan Fergie at the airport and took possession of the semi final tickets when we got to the ground.
Now the tram service is running it makes things a lot easier getting to and from the Etihad which is worth noting – the taxi drivers must be suffering badly.
Now to the football : City played well, the way the goals were executed was brilliant, it was freezing cold and Newcastle must improve if they are to carry on in the Europa Cup.
Strangely Samir Nasri was given man of the match and although he played well and was probably substituted due to injury,I thought Gareth Barry was superb once again.
It was good to see Kompany & Aguerro back in action. sometimes you don’t realise how much Vinny is missed until he starts playing again and he scored a poachers goal as well.
Aguerro just frightens the life out of defences and we need him fit now for the forthcoming cup games.
For once I thought the referee was extremely competent for a change, Neil Swarbrick, he let the game flow and booked those offenders who required calming down. He also had words with the time wasting goal keeper which is unusual.
Normally United fans don’t appear to discuss favourite games & favourite goals but MUFC appear to be resurrecting the Rooney overhead kick goal for some reason or other, bearing in mind that was two seasons ago, they normally put these nothing’s bed quite quickly.
Are they started to run scared? Food for thought.
When we beat Chelsea in the Community Shield at the start of the season, I thought we outclassed them and I thought they were very lucky to share the points at the Bridge.
Today we were superb, Joe Hart only had the penalty to save and he managed that very well, overall the defence played really well and another great performance from Kolo Toure.
Even the bar man in the airport bar said both our goals were brilliant which coming from a card carrying Rag is something else. He also pointed out that they have won the league, just agree and patronise them – less painful and it always works.
I couldn’t disagree with City’s MOM choice in James Milner, he is definitely starting to mature this season, he is beating the full back and his mid-field passing is improving with every game.
Yaya was superb and David Silva is working a lot harder off the ball and digging it out for himself – very pleasing. The introduction of Tevez for Rodwell (who put in a good shift ) was probably a game changer, his goal was complete class – he should be on the field every minute of every game in my opinion but is one reason why I’m not the manager.
This quick starting style that City have adopted lately certainly suits them, it’s always dangerous sitting back in the Premiership.
Anyway two happy City fans for the flight home tonight, and yet another great turnout from the Irish supporter clubs today good to see.
I have to miss the Barnsley cup game but will be in the Highland for those who aren’t going to the Etihad, hope to see you then.
C’mon the Blues
I watched this match in a hotel bar in Oman, fantastic City performance, first half was very special!!
The two sides looked very different from the last time they met on the champions12 Premier League final match but the game followed a similar scenario and screams of happiness for City.
In a frustrating match where City took the lead only to be pegged back gasps of not again came round the stadium. I must admit to being more relaxed at this match, there were no tears, heart spasms or splitting headaches. City were by far the stronger side and possession and chances paid when Dzeko and Tevez scored twice in the second half to finish things off.
Not sure if i would have been so relaxed if Dzeko hadn’t managed to get the equalizer so soon though.
Great performance by the lads and a strong 3 points at home, no clean-sheet being disappointing but it’s early season and I’m sure the defense will improve!
A very tough match and a well fought for point at Anfield after coming from behind twice. Liverpool were the better side on the night and but for a gift from Skirtel to put Tevez in on goal we would have been coming away empty handed!
Luckily we never signed him in the summer or we would have been 1 point further back at this point.
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.
Even with Ten-man City storm back to winning ways with a brilliant 3-0 win over rivals Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
First-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure were no more than the resurgent Blues deserved and even when Gareth Barry was sent off midway through the second period, James Milner added a third from the penalty spot to cap a terrific win over the Reds.
City now go three points clear at the top of the Premier League following their tenth consecutive home win this season.