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Published on October 20th, 2013 | by Ian Cheeseman

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Pre City Vs West Ham

If City are going to win the Premier League this season, they have to start winning away games. They were unlucky, in a way, at Aston Villa, but then again, that depends on whether you class individual defensive mistakes as bad luck.
What is certain is that the Blues dominated possession and should have returned from Villa Park with all three points.
The nil return at Cardiff could be looked upon, in retrospect, as a freak. It seems unlikely the Welsh club will play with such belief again this season, and the goalless draw at Stoke, in my opinion, came about because team selection and collective thoughts were already on the Champions League visit of Bayern.
Let the excuses and explanations stop there though. I know many of the City players have been away on International duty, more that left West Ham during the last fortnight, as Sam Allatdyce pointed out on Thursday. I know that the Blues face a long, crucial trip to Moscow next week, they fly out on Monday lunchtime, and I’ll be with them, but lets see a convincing performance first at West Ham, please.
I’m well aware that Ravel Morrison is a man on form, and I can’t deny I’m looking forward to seeing him, but I felt the same way about Everton’s Ross Barkley, and City dealt with him, no problem.
The best way to head off to Russia, quickly followed by Chelsea, is to win well at West Ham, and I’m confident this Saturday will see the first of many away wins for the Blues this season.
If you can’t get to a TV, I’ll be providing full match commentary on BBC Radio Manchester alongside Fred Eyre, and even if you can get to a TV, turn the sound down and listen to some proper commentary 😉 and if course if you’ve done that, you know we’re always ahead of the game!

 

– Written by Ian Cheeseman

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