Manchester City’s unbeaten Premier League run has now stretched to 6 games since the Boxing Day reverse at Arsenal and Kun Aguero, featuring in 5 of those fixtures has scored 5 of City’s 12 goals.
Quite simply, where would we be without him, particularly in this most bizarre of seasons?
I would be immensely surprised if any of City’s brilliant travelling support viewed this result at the all new Land of The Giants as 2 points dropped. Despite carrying a surfeit of screeching turf plummeters and an increasingly Arsenalesque mardarsed crowd, West Ham are a big, well drilled, uncompromising and speedy side who haven’t conceded more than 2 goals at home since August.
Furthermore, the objective for City across an injury ravaged winter has always been to remain in contention at the top of the table and active in the domestic cups by the time we fly to Kiev.
Certainly, our next league fixtures, Sunderland away then 2 big clashes at home to Leicester and Spurs give Manuel Pellegrini’s men a big shout at remaining title contenders…But…once again The Blues flirted with disaster strategically, competitively and defensively tonight.
There was little Joe Hart, who produced the save of the season at one stage could do about the type of wretched defensive lapses that have blighted our season since Vincent Kompany’s knacking. I won’t go into detail but the usual suspects were again at fault.
That bemoaned, I thought it was in central midfield where The Engineer got it all wrong. Little or no protection was afforded to our back line all game resulting in a familiar pattern of soft or take one for the team free kicks conceded outside the area when somebody finally decides to stick a boot in.
We have to start getting sharper to second balls and winning tackles in the middle of the park. Cut these runs at our rearguard off at source. Dispense with this high risk policy of inviting the opposition on to us…up front Kun is again on fire, but if we are fielding wingers then hit the flanks more often. Cutting inside has become way too predictable, Messrs Navas and Sterling.
I will wind up by maintaining that I don’t think we are playing too our myriad strengths and that the instant we do, we will batter this league as we should be. The squad have worked hard to get to where they are across the campaigns right now. Get back to what they do best and that effort will be richly rewarded.
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Johnny On The Spot – West Ham 2-2 City