Published on December 26th, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
West Brom 1-3 Manchester City | The City Nitty Gritty
“Dashing through the snow!”
What another great performance it was from the boys in Blue, especially under such difficult circumstances. Having to play without a striker yet again was hard enough, but staying in control of the game, away from home, in poor weather conditions was admirable to say the least.
Manuel Pellegrini set up the team very similar to how he did against Palace last week, with Sagna, Fernando and Kolarov the only changes, and it worked like a charm once again. City had lots of confidence and pace going forward, and as a result they often caught West Brom out on the counter attack, which brings me onto my next point…
Having had a couple of games to weigh it up now, I’m starting to think that James Milner is more suited to playing in the middle of the park, rather than out wide. The reason being that the England international’s persistence and energy are less wasted if he’s played in that position, as he doesn’t allow defenders to settle down due to the fact that he’s always breathing down their necks.
I can honestly say that while I’ve given a lot of criticism to Jimmy this season, I do think that he offers something different when playing in that position, so I would definitely say that he’s the best option in our current situation.
I thought the creative trio of Samir Nasri, David Silva and Yaya Toure were all fantastic yet again, and they caused all kinds of problems for the Baggies, particularly in the first half.
It’s great to see players like David Silva and Fernando getting on the scoresheet, as it gives the team confidence knowing that there are still players who can score goals, even without a striker. I’ve often wondered why David Silva doesn’t shoot more, as when he does it often results in a goal, so maybe he’s finally heard our calls – as 3 goals in 2 games is very unlike the Spaniard!
We play Burnley on Sunday, and so there won’t be much time to celebrate today’s win unfortunately, but I’m sure the Blues will sleep well tonight knowing that they’ve made a lot of Mancunians proud again this Christmas!
Sorry this is another short blog Blues, but as you all know it’s difficult to summarize a game when you’re watching it on the internet and it keeps keeps cutting out! I’ll be at the game on Sunday, so hopefully I’ll be able to get down to the ‘Nitty Gritty’ a bit better then! 🙂