- 11 November 2013 09:38
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
OK let’s get this over with.
Reading today’s match reports was never going to be a pleasant task in light of City’s latest away day defeat, but it has to be done.
Yes, we’d all prefer to gloss over the loss to Sunderland but it happened and everyone will move on and hopefully learn from it – but we can’t pretend it didn’t happen.
So we’ll just take a couple of snippets from the reports in Monday’s papers and confine the Black Cats loss to history.
Let’s start with Louise Taylor in The Guardian. She writes: “Yet although Vito Mannone made a terrific save to keep out Agüero's wickedly swerving shot, Sunderland's goalkeeper – preferred to Keiren Westwood - was surprisingly under-worked for long periods.
“Granted Bardsley's block prevented Navas scoring following Agüero's cut back, but City's customary fluidity and seamless positional inter-changing was strangely absent.
“Eventually Pellegrini, by now shaking his head repeatedly in evident puzzlement, had seen an unusually subdued Negredo tightly marshaled for long enough and replaced him with Edin Dzeko.
"A late visiting attacking onslaught ensued but the Chilean was still left pondering precisely how his extravagantly gifted side have only accrued four points from a possible 18 on their travels.”
No arguments, there.
Martin Hardy in The Independent continues the theme:
“It feels even more like a damning indictment of a team who must rely on the mediocrity of those challenging for this year’s title still to be in the frame when you consider where they have now lost: Cardiff City (14th), Aston Villa (11th), Chelsea (4th) and now Sunderland (19th), again by the same 1-0 score-line they had lost by on those three previous visits north.
“That made no more sense yesterday than it did in the previous three seasons, at least not statistically. City had more than two thirds of the game’s possession. They out-shot their hosts 23 to five and the corner count came in at a quite amazing 14-0, yet that overlooks the bravery of Sunderland and the chronic lack of wit shown by Manuel Pellegrini’s side.”
Ouch! But like a visit to the dentist, it’s over now so deep breaths…