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Press report City have the X Factor

  • 18 December 2013 09:18
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Today’s City reports take on a distinctly musical tone after Sam Bailey, this year’s X Factor winner, provided the half time entertainment at the King Power Stadium last night.

(Yes, the X Factor is still going, in case you were wondering.)

You can read Mark Booth’s verdict on last night’s performance here.

Elsewhere, the Manchester Evening News reserved special praise for James Milner, who turned in a typically excellent display and was rewarded with another assist to add to his growing collection.  

Stuart Brennan writes: “Edin Dzeko goals either side of half-time then helped the Blues into a commanding position, and they never looked threatened despite Lloyd Dyer's late strike.

“X-Factor winner Sam Bailey serenaded the fans at half time of this mis-match.

“But it was clear who the City fans felt had the REAL X factor, as James Milner inspired a runaway triumph which puts the Blues a two-legged semi-final away from Wembley.

“Whether it is Bayern Munich or the less grand surroundings of the King Power Stadium seems to matter little to the tireless England man.

“And the 4,600 travelling fans showed their appreciation with a loud show of support for a hero who so often goes unsung.”

Next up on the judging panel was John Wragg in the Daily Express, who was left in no doubt as to who were the star performers.

Wragg reports: “X Factor winner Sam Bailey saw football’s new stars Manchester City wow the judges again.

“Bailey, a Leicester girl and fan, went on the pitch and sang her hit, Skyscraper, at half-time but her Championship club could never climb as high as City.

“Manchester City have now scored 75 goals this season, Edin Dzeko, back in the side, getting two in the 41st and 53rd minutes against Leicester and Aleksandar Kolarov scoring an eighth-minute opener.

“It was a top-of-the-bill act, performing as though they were at the Palladium rather than a cold, thick overcoat night in the East Midlands.”

And with the festive fixtures arriving thick and fast, the Daily Mail’s report on the strength of City’s squad makes for pleasant reading – and listening, with no X Factor mentions here at all.

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Writes Neil Moxley: “Leicester were guilty of failing to respect Premier League principles and Pearson will be unhappy with all three of the goals that were conceded.

“But with only three of the side which smashed six goals past  Arsenal among the starting line-up last night, the quality in depth which City possess is clearly evident.

“Pellegrini certainly does have options. Dzeko looked the part as he got the chance to start instead of Aguero or Alvaro Negredo, who was named as one of the replacements.

“David Silva pretty much ran the game, while Vincent Kompany looked exactly what he is - one of the best centre halves in the world game.”

It seems it was City hitting all the high notes (sorry).

Speaking of Dzeko, January is rapidly approaching so you would be naïve if you thought we could get through an entire media round up with no transfer gossip at all.

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The Bosnian Diamond has been impressing from Manchester to Rome with his recent displays, and Miralem Pjanic would reportedly welcome his compatriot in Serie A.

“I hope he can play more ahead of the World Cup,” Pjanic told Sport Mediaset.

“Here in Italy he would make a difference.

“At the moment he belongs to Manchester City, but I do not know for how long”.

Do remember it’s all rumour, speculation and conjecture – we’ll be the first to let you know about any confirmed ins or outs at the club on mcfc.co.uk

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