Papers full of praise for enterprising Wigan
- 10 March 2014 08:01
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
It’s the morning after the afternoon before, and as you might expect, the media have concentrated on exactly what went wrong for City at the Etihad yesterday.
Wigan ran out surprise 2-1 winners in the FA Cup quarter final under the stewardship of former Blues legend, Uwe Rosler, and today’s reports do not make for pleasant reading for the City faithful.
So, let’s follow that old cliché about ripping off a plaster and get this over with, shall we?
We’ll begin with the analysis in the Daily Express, which is keen to give credit to Wigan and Rosler, rather than simply focusing on City’s display – after noting that lightning can indeed strike twice.
Richard Tanner reports: “City’s quadruple hopes always looked an impossible dream but now the ambition to pull off a domestic treble is over too following the biggest upset in this season’s competition.
“It was not a good weekend for City with this defeat following 24 hours after Chelsea had stretched their lead over them to nine points in the Premier League, although they do have three games in hand.
“No-one outside of Wigan territory believed they could beat City again but Rosler and his players certainly did. They watched the video of last May’s triumph not just for inspiration but for tactical clues of how to beat City.
“And for an hour they took advantage of City’s sluggishness, by pressing high, getting in their opponents faces, and allowed them no time on the ball, while playing some good football as well.”
The Mirror picks up a similar theme (although resisting the temptation to peddle the lightning line), highlighting the desire and enterprise that coursed through the Latics side.
David McDonnell’s match report reads: “City were simply beaten by opponents who showed greater enterprise, desire and, at the end, dogged resilience, when their goal came under siege.
He adds: “It provided a stark contrast to a week earlier, when City were basking in the afterglow of Pellegrini’s first trophy win, the comfortable Capital One Cup final success over Sunderland.
“The Chilean manager made six changes from that side, and it was only when he made a triple substitution just before the hour, bringing on David Silva, Edin Dzeko and James Milner, that City came to life and threatened to rescue this tie.
“But by that stage Wigan, managed by ex-City striker Uwe Rosler were already two goals to the good, the home side leaving themselves too much to do.
“Having already seen off Premier League opposition in Crystal Palace and Cardiff earlier in the competition, the Latics’ spirited run was expected to come to an inglorious end here, but they refused to be cast in the role of obliging patsies.
“Rosler’s industrious, enterprising side never allowed City to settle in a first half in which they displayed greater urgency and purpose, the home side strangely subdued by comparison.”
Right, that's over and done with, so time to look ahead with some positivity!
The Manchester Evening News is offering a crumb of comfort to any disgruntled fans this Monday morning with a look ahead to Wednesday’s clash with Barcelona.
Two goals down going into the away leg, most have written off City’s chances, and Simon Bajkowski is keen to remind everyone the last time that happened, Pellegrini’s men triumphed over Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena!
I doubt any Blue really needs reminding – but if you fancy reliving the action the match highlights are here….
Bajkowski writes: “Injuries have hampered the season but the goals have stopped flowing recently. A half against Spurs and a game against Chelsea in the cup stand out as impressive City performances but they are just not scoring at the rate they were.
“The Barca game could be the perfect fillip though. The last time City were roundly written off was Bayern away (especially ten minutes in!) and with little pressure on them against the Catalan side, it could be the game to reignite their season.”
I certainly hope so!