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FantasyIreland

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No,definitely watched the same game.

By our standards,we were awful first half,i couldn't care less about stats,we had little tempo and a lack of ideas.The switch to one up front was the catalyst for improvement,we looked terrific after that.
 

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Fame Monster said:
FantasyIreland said:
ColinBellsjockstrap said:
I understand it's selective quoting but Shearer did also say about City:-

"But the sign of a good team is that they can produce a piece of magic.
"It was a clever, cultured finish by Toure, and Sergio Aguero, who missed an absolute sitter earlier, finished brilliantly for his goal.
He didn't give us the credit some of our play deserved,however,neither is he exactly the big bad wolf he is being made out to be,i think some middle ground should be found.

We didn't dictate the game for 90 mins,we probably did so for,at best,half of that.

We had chances but,particularly in that frustratingly lethargic and uninspiring first half,we were also sloppy in possession and casual in our approach,on occasion Villa had us on the back foot and a more lethal marksman may have punished us.

The boss must have delivered a rocket at HT,that combined with the introduction of an improved midfield,was what won us the game,and in the last 20 mins we were superb and a joy to watch,which has understandably maybe clouded the judgement of some.
WTF?

We dominated the game from start to finish. We put in our best performance for months. Villa could not get near us. We created about 25 chances, and had our strikers been firing, we would have won about 17-0. You must have been watching a different game.
It's all in the name !
 

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Attached from twitter about MOTD2 tonight:

Match of the Day ‏@BBCMOTD · 2h2 hours ago
We'll be discussing David Silva tonight on #motd2 at 22:30 BST @BBCOne - just how important is the Spaniard to #MCFC?
 

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Roosty said:
Attached from twitter about MOTD2 tonight:

Match of the Day ‏@BBCMOTD · 2h2 hours ago
We'll be discussing David Silva tonight on #motd2 at 22:30 BST @BBCOne - just how important is the Spaniard to #MCFC?
if the assessment is made by supercrystal7 i wouldn't bother tuning in
 

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The problem with the BBC is that it's somewhere in between Sky and Talkshite. The former throw a lot of money at football coverage and the analysis is generally reasonably intelligent and detailed. Talkshite of course just play it for laughs. The BBC have trodden the middle path for years with ex-players long out of the game who aren't even that articulate (Lawrenson & Shearer mainly) producing what they believe is serious analysis but is actually pretty bland and where the producer sets the agenda and writes the script.

They could have gone more like Sky but chose to move more towards the Talksport model where everything seems to be done for effect rather than to educate AND entertain.
 

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Roosty said:
Attached from twitter about MOTD2 tonight:

Match of the Day ‏@BBCMOTD · 2h2 hours ago
We'll be discussing David Silva tonight on #motd2 at 22:30 BST @BBCOne - just how important is the Spaniard to #MCFC?
Wonder if that was the plan or a response to shearers negative stuff last night
 

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this is from the M.E.N,

Its the write up of the game yesterday,there something mr shearer should consider



The brilliance of Yaya Toure’s match-winning goal is beyond doubt. But take a moment to consider the boldness of it.

In a week when his credentials have been questioned, his City performances dissected, his motivation questioned and his future queried, lesser men than Toure might have quailed.

He could have taken the coward’s way out, and played the simple game he does so well, short, easy passes.

He had David Silva in mercurial form, he had Frank Lampard coming on to threaten more havoc in the over-worked Villa defence and he had James Milner adding his blend of industry and invention to the mix.

He could have left it to one of them to fashion an opening and joined the ranks of Premier League players who stack up impressive stats by never playing a difficult pass.

But Toure is made of sterner stuff and he continued to try to create, which meant taking risks – when they don’t come off, you get groans rather than cheers.

There are players in the Premier League who have impeccable passing stats and even some who have landed big-money moves on the back of it, in an age when performance analysis carries as much weight as a discerning eye for talent.

Toure has consistently been one of the best and most prolific passers in the game – this season, when he is supposedly on a slippery slope towards football oblivion, he has made more than 100 passes more than his nearest rival, Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas. He still makes those passes with a success rate of more than 90 per cent.

And yet that only tells half of the story. Of course, many of those passes are simple midfield efforts, keeping play moving, making the opposition work and waiting for the right moment to step things up.

But Toure also has a bravery in his game, he is prepared to try things that can ruin your statistics – or can win you a match.

His basic game appeared to have suffered after all the criticism, not to mention the personal grief of losing his brother in the summer. He uncharacteristically misplaced ordinary passes in this game, and the poison pens were poised again.

It is a hideous reflection on human nature that, when considering Yaya’s indifferent form going into this game, people focussed intently on the summer shenanigans over his birthday grumpiness, and yet virtually neglected the fact he had suffered a shattering family bereavement.

The Premier League can be a cruel place, with footballers expected to perform regardless of personal circumstance. Throwing out the old criticism that a player has to perform when he is paid more than £200,000 a week carries some weight, but makes no allowance for human frailty.

The easy way out would have been to hide, but Toure kept trying to make things happen, endeavouring to come up with something that would change the game.

The Villa players were aware of it. That is why, in the 82nd minute, when they saw Toure with the ball at his feet, 25 yards out, they shimmied across to ensure he could not shoot with a right foot that created carnage last season.

It was the right thing to do, but the beauty of Yaya is that he is one of those rare players who can punish defenders who are doing their job correctly.

Few expected him to simply pass the ball into the corner with his left foot, with virtually no back-lift. It was not the kind of goal that gets included in Goal of the Month competitions, but technically it was stunning, and in terms of importance to City it was immeasurable.

Once it went in, the tension was released, and a few minutes later James Milner released Sergio Aguero for the second time – his first effort hit the post – and this time he thumped home the second goal.




We then had the curious contradiction of Manuel Pellegrini and his players declaring it to be City’s best performance of the season, while Alan Shearer on Match of the Day declared the Blues had been poor, focussing on a number of misplaced passes and poor control

The truth lay between those two extremes. There were times when City looked sloppy and distracted, but they also played some lovely football, hit the post twice, and created a dozen chances.

They were again susceptible to the counter-attack - until Pellegrini brought on Fernando and switched to a five-man midfield - but Joe Hart had just one save to make all afternoon.

Shearer might have been pernickety in his criticism, but there were plenty of positives for City on the day.

Eliaquim Mangala eased back into the team without alarm after his blow-up at Hull a week earlier, Silva was imperious at times, Aguero kept up his goalscoring run and Milner gave further evidence that he deserves a place in this team.

The Blues even found the solution to their alarming vulnerability to counter-attacking teams, when Fernando stepped into the team.

He offers a far more solid presence in midfield than Fernandinho, who limped off with a hamstring problem.

Depending on the extent of Fernandinho’s problem, it could mean Fernando will get a run of games after the international break.

It will also be interesting to see how the two Brazilians pair up when Yaya is away at the African Nations Cup – that could also be a dynamic partnership with Fernandinho freed from the defensive responsibilities that do not come naturally to him.

City were excellent at times at Villa Park, were worthy winners, and clinched it with a world-class moment from a world-class player.

If Shearer thinks that is a bad performance, rather than a huge plus, it is a daunting prospect for the rest of the Premier League
 

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squirtyflower said:
Roosty said:
Attached from twitter about MOTD2 tonight:

Match of the Day ‏@BBCMOTD · 2h2 hours ago
We'll be discussing David Silva tonight on #motd2 at 22:30 BST @BBCOne - just how important is the Spaniard to #MCFC?
if the assessment is made by supercrystal7 i wouldn't bother tuning in
They're bringing in an expert, Jack74
 

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stony said:
squirtyflower said:
Roosty said:
Attached from twitter about MOTD2 tonight:

Match of the Day ‏@BBCMOTD · 2h2 hours ago
We'll be discussing David Silva tonight on #motd2 at 22:30 BST @BBCOne - just how important is the Spaniard to #MCFC?
if the assessment is made by supercrystal7 i wouldn't bother tuning in
They're bringing in an expert, Jack74
i love his insights
 

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