City v Notts County: Punters' Panel
- 21 February 2011 16:56
- Posted by Emily Brobyn & Chris Nield
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The Magpies were well and truly up for the tie and it took the Blues quite a while to settle and pass the ball around. It took a set piece to break the deadlock – very unusual from City’s point-of-view!
A superb second half made up for a poor first half and the Blues played some wonderful football at times. It was great to watch – unless, of course, you were a Notts County fan!
Man of the Match: Micah Richards. The defender played superbly in both defence and attack and always looked to cause a threat down the right-hand side.
What changed the game? Notts County hitting the post! Up until that moment, City had not left first gear. A real warning from County gave the Blues a much needed shot in the arm and they improved shortly afterwards.
Out of ten: 8
Caroline Oatway, City correspondent for football website Daily Prem
After a shaky opening 20 minutes, the Blues eventually clicked into gear and Patrick Vieira’s opener proved vital. A second for Vieira was followed by Tevez’s 50th for the club and the hard working Dzeko was rewarded as he nodded home from Tevez’s pin-point cross.
The rout was completed by Micah Richards who picked up the scraps in the box to blast the ball home with his left foot.
Man of the Match: David Silva. Calm, composed and clever on the ball. Our creative visionary generated many chances for the team whilst also putting in a strong defensive shift.
What changed the game? Carlos Tevez. A lovely control and pass from Edin Dzeko put Tevez through and he went on to round the defender and goalkeeper before slotting the ball home.
Out of ten: 9
Ashley Jackson, Journalism student at UCLAN
The first half started slowly for City with Notts County having the majority of possession and chances. As the half went on, City gradually got a hold of the game and deservedly took the lead. It would have been more but for some good saves from Stuart Nelson.
City looked more assured in the second half and never looked in any danger of conceding. Vieira’s second put an end to any hopes of a Notts County fight back and goals from Tevez, Dzeko and Richards proved the icing on the cake. Not a glamorous performance, but a 5-0 win is always good value for money
Man of the Match: Micah Richards. Another excellent performance rounded off with a well taken goal.
What changed the game? Patrick Vieira’s first goal. An important goal to confirm the game had well and truly swung in our favour.
Out of ten: 7
David Hall, Kick ball change blogspot