About Time
October 01, 2012

Photo: MCFC.co.uk

Finally. After four games without a win, silhouetted by the Michael Jackson statue in front of the stadium, City breaks the deadlock with a win at Craven Cottage. The Real Madrid and Arsenal games aside, I was particularly bothered with the home loss to Aston Villa at home in the now Capital One, League Cup. Of course, there was the draw with Stoke at the Britannia but they’re not a football team so why bother.

The Capital One Cup, on the other hand, was supposed to be a platform for academy players to get a run in the first team and get some action going to boost their confidence. Looking back at the team fielded, I’m not really sure if Mancini intended on throwing in the towel this early in the competition. It was a strong side with Balotelli and Tevez up front. Only Razak, Helan and Suarez weren’t senior team regulars. City being City though, we could’ve had Messi and Ronaldo and still lost the game.

In essence, it was the only trophy we have a chance of winning this season.

The win at Fulham was very much needed after our dire run in the past two weeks. Silva appeared to be back on track with his wizardry and Aguero seemed comfortable enough, coming back from injury. City looked convincing from the start and for the majority of the game, the movements and possessive tactics were reminiscent of the City we know last season. In fact, it was the first time since the beginning of the season that I could watch a game without spewing a curse word every two minute. A personal record that.

City was cruising and playing so well that it took referee Mark Halsey to hold the momentum and won himself a couple of thousand new haters with the blow of a whistle. Not to be outdone by himself after the shocking performance at Anfield last week, Mr. Halsey awarded Fulham with the softest of penalties in the 10th minute, earning them the lead. The footballing world, including some of the people who hired him at the FA I’m sure, were baffled.

The equalizer from Aguero a minute from the break was important in two ways. It boosted the recovering striker’s morale, and it saved the servers running the City forums from dying during the fan half-time meltdown.

Suffice to say, Mancini has yet to lose his tactical substituting masterclass/luck after the introduction of Edin Dzeko in the 86th minute brought City the winner, and the nervy few minutes that followed.

Again, this return to form is exactly what we need ahead of the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga champion is no Real Madrid. They’re better.



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