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Published on December 27th, 2013 | by Ian Cheeseman

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A fitting reward for the “lean years”

Just like the win at Fulham, the victory over Liverpool was all about character and players with a strong mentality, as well as bags of ability.

I was chatting, on text, with Howard Burr from Reddish branch of the supporters club while he was watching the game again, on TV, his comment was simply. “Breathtaking” and I replied that it felt like it was the reward for being loyal during the “Lean Years “, and I think City fans appreciate the quality we ‘re witnessing these days , far more because of that long “apprenticeship”.

I can remember some good times too, the 1970s team was very good. Tueart, Barnes, Royle, Donachie and all those still around from the 60s were a pleasure to watch.

This new breed though, have taken the club to another level .

I remember the days when English clubs were excluded from Europe. I missed seeing some of Europe’s finest, now they’re in City’s team and more recently I was glued to my TV, on a Sunday evening, watching Barcelona at their best with Ronaldinho, Eto’o, Xavi, Yaya Toure, Iniesta and a young Messi, but I don’t bother much now, watching City is even better.

It’s true to say that Sterling was incorrectly flagged offside in the Liverpool game, but it’s also true that Vincent Kompany virtually had his shirt pulled off, twice, in their box.

There were many moments of magic in that 2-1 win, and to be fair, apart from the Suarez playacting, I was impressed by Brendan Rodgers team, I think they’ll be in the fight right until the end.

Having that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach means you’re excited and enjoying the game, long may it continue ; and at least it’s not that feeling when Raddy Antic scored at Maine Road anymore!

Negredo’s “banana shot” and resultant spin on the ball, that fooled Mignolet, seems to have been overlooked. That goal from start to finish was magnificent, a goal worthy of winning any game. I might just have got my breath back for the visit of Crystal Palace!

– Ian Cheeseman

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