After the disappointing result at Leeds where
City played well and lost we were expecting a repeat of the
United game form. Ah, but it's City were're talking about
and as supporters know anything can happen and usually does.
Alas our worst fears were justified. This was a poor display
by City. Fulham came for a point, defended in depth and it
appeared they were playing for time from the first minute.
It would have needed a good passing display by City and we
witnessd probably the worst home performance for a while.
In fact it was near relegation form. A listless pathetic performance
by City I am afraid. The quotation from Richard the Third
- "Now is the Winter of our discontent" - is apt
for the performance of referee Winter who has yet to give
a penalty in the Pemiership. Had he given City the deserved
spot kick for the foul on Macken the whole strategy of the
game would have changed. They would have had to change their
'playing for a point' tactic and left more room in their last
third for City to get a second goal - if we had scored from
the penalty of course! With Anelka back on the bench I wonder
who would have taken it? The inconsistant finishing is costing
City dearly. Fowler and Macken played quite well together
while Anelka was absent. I wonder whether in home games City
might experiment with leaving F and M upfront but playing
Anelka just behind them. With Anelka's speed he could come
from a deeper position and with less chance of him being caught
offside. It would give some problems for visiting defences
. Sibierski would then probably drop to the bench. It might
be worth a try. I must say it was a surprise to see Anelka
substituted. He did not look injured. Well done to Shawn Wright-Phillips
who has been named in the England squad.
Special Thanks to Daan for the photos]
Bosvelt played the complete match
and mentioned as the best match for City so far.