As Mark Hughes settles in at Fulham with plenty of focus on Manchester City, VMC thought we’d look back at a couple of the highlights of his City career. First up, Forestgate…
Just over a year and a half ago, amid talk of mutiny amongst senior City players a weary VMC match reporter stumbled to his keyboard and published the following FA Cup match report…lest we forget, eh Sparky?
Forest Through As City Crumble
Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Dunne, Ball, Kompany, Fernandes (Hamann 60), Elano, Wright-Phillips (Vassell 24), Sturridge, Caicedo (Jo 70).
Unused subs: Schmeichel (GK), Garrido, Berti, Clayton.
Smith, Chambers, Morgan, Breckin, Anderson, Perch (Wilson 18), McGugan, Thornhill, Cohen, Earnshaw (Garner 73), Tyson (Davies 81).
Unused subs: Richardson (GK), Byrne, Heath, Reid.
Manchester City 0 Nottingham Forest 3
3rd January 2009, City of Manchester Stadium
by Aaron Collins
Manchester City greeted the day with the signing of Wayne Bridge, but ended the day with embarrassment as they where sent crashing out of the Cup by Nottingham Forest.
The game started after the unveiling of City’s new left-back, but the cheers where almost silenced on the second minute mark.
Nathan Tyson crossed the ball from the right, and Lewis McGugan met the ball with his head but he somehow managed to head the ball wide.
City then managed their best chance in the half when Daniel Sturridge forced a save from Smith as his header looked set to send the home fans into rapture.
The game was then dealt a blow to both teams. James Perch was brought off and replaced by Kelvin Wilson and the ‘indestructible’ Shaun Wright-Phillips headed straight down the tunnel with a possible thigh injury. He was replaced by Darius Vassell.
Sturridge then forced Smith into another save on the 37th minute as his sharp shot caught the keeper unaware but flew smartly down to his left, and concede the corner. However the next 10 minutes would send the away support into a complete eruption.
Firstly Nathan Tyson struck a 20-yard volley past Hart, after Richards had failed to clear and then on the 42nd minute, little Rob Earnshaw diverted Matt Thornhill’s shot into the goal.
City did however manage to recuperate somewhat at the beginning of the second-half. Kompany’s run gave Caicedo a sight at goal but his powerful strike was well turned over by Smith. Caicedo then had another effort from his left foot saved by Smith as City where beginning to look like they where running out of ideas.
Hughes then made a couple of changes as the headless chicken Gelson Fernandes was taken off and shortly later, Caicedo, who impressed again, was replaced by Jo.
Richard Dunne then took on the whole Forest side when he managed to go past several tackles before Elano’s cross was put behind.
City’s game was dead and buried though on the 75th minute. Hamann’s poor throw-in went straight past The Citizens defence and Joe Garner, with his first touch, steadied himself and then released his shot which he fired past Hart.
Manchester City looked like a broken team, and when the final whistle went, I bet Bridge was thinking, what have I done?
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