City in last chance saloon
- Mon 04 Feb 2013, 8:30AM
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Headlines make for grim reading in today’s media round-up, as the nation’s journalists queue up to conduct gloomy post-mortems on City’s title challenge.
“Again the striker illustrated that, cometh the hour, he is the man for City with a goal that probably mattered more for morale than the point it made.
“United, though, are fast entering Foinavon territory with regard to the margin of their advantage: any more of a gap and Sir Alex Ferguson's men would need a stumble of the magnitude that allowed the unknown Irish racehorse to come through the field to win the 1967 Grand National.”
Ian Herbert of the Independent picked up on a similar thread, though preferred a cowboy metaphor to Jackson’s equine.
“The way they clinched the championship means that there will always be hope of retaining it but Manchester City had better start rummaging around for the keys to the trophy cabinet,” wrote Herbert.
“’No, no, no, absolutely no,’" the Manchester City manager said last night after it was put to him that the race might be over, following the concession of four points in five days. But we are venturing towards the last-chance saloon.”
The match report in the Daily Express hardly made for happier reading, with Richard Tanner also writing that City’s jig might be up.
“Their neighbours might have been plunged into darkness temporarily 24 hours earlier but the lights look to have gone out for good on Manchester City’s title aspirations,” said Tanner.
“The prospect of a 20th championship for Manchester United came into even sharper focus after City were held by a resurgent Liverpool.”
On a lighter note, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr had a crumb of comfort for the City manager on a difficult day.
"Mancini is just such a cool dude. He always wears good trousers that go exactly with his shoes, for a start."
A charming man!