Published on January 2nd, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 3-2 Sunderland | Daniel Cheeseman
Drama is the reason we all love football, but on this occasion it could and should have been avoided. I thought it was going to be a repeat of Sunday’s game against Burnley once they’d leveled the scoreline, but once again we had to rely on ‘Super Frank’ to save the day.
The Black Cats parked the bus for the whole of the first half, and Gus Poyet said himself that their sole intention was to frustrate the Blues. That tactic worked in the first half, as lots of City players were beginning to lose their patience by taking pot shots at goal and arguing with the referee, so it was obvious that it was going to take something special to break their 10-man wall.
I think the only way to open the game up was to allow more pressure from Sunderland, as in the first half they were more than happy to sit back, not take any risks and defend the point. Forcing them to press forward would eventually expose them at the back and open up an opportunity for somebody, and that somebody happened to land for the perfect person: Yaya Toure.
That strike from Yaya is just one of the many, many reasons why he is so important to this team. He’s one of those players who can change a game in the blink of an eye, and we missed him massively against Burnley last weekend.
About 10 minutes after our first goal, a great piece of build-up play was finished off with an equally great goal from Stevan Jovetic, and at that point the game seemed over, but as we all know in football – nothing is over until it’s over.
To then concede 2 goals in 5 minutes after being 2-0 up is just typical City, but to then reply with a third goal almost immediately after is just as typically City (but in a good way), so I suppose they cancel each other out in a way! 😉
I could talk all day about how we nearly blew it again, or how near we were to losing the game, but in the end we got all 3 points – which is all that matters right now. You don’t become champions by winning every game 4-0 or 5-0, and sometimes you have to grind out results to get to where you want to be. Yesterday just happened to be one of those games, and seeing as we’re unbeaten in 11 matches now, I’d say that I’m a pretty happy Blue at this moment in time. 🙂
Next up is Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Sunday, and as always we can’t go into the game complacent. We beat The Owls 7-0 in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, but that’s no reason to take the game any less seriously than others.
The Blues will have a chance to rest their legs next week as the game against Everton is not until a week tomorrow, so there’s no excuses for ‘resting’ players this Sunday!