Published on March 4th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 2-0 Leicester City | Daniel Cheeseman
“On Another Day…”
While a 2-0 scoreline and nearly 70% possession looks like a comfortable win to people who didn’t watch the game yesterday, all the people who did manage to see it will know that on another day it could have easily been a very different outcome for the Blues.
We were extremely lucky not to concede at least one goal against Nigel Pearson’s side last night, and if it wasn’t for some heroic defending from Martin Demichelis, great goalkeeping from Joe Hart and poor refereeing from Robert Madley, the Foxes could have deservedly taken the lead.
I must say that I thought it was another disappointing performance from Eliaquim Mangala in particular last night, as the Frenchman was caught out of position on several occasions near the half way line, which left our already weakened defence completely exposed on the counter-attack. I remember at least 2 or 3 times when the 24-year old was chasing lost causes in the middle of the field, which meant that Fernando had to cover for him at the back, and if we had been playing against a better team we’d have definitely been punished for those mistakes.
The first half was one to forget for pretty much everyone but David Silva, who’s attacking persistence eventually paid off when the ball fell kindly to him in added time, and so things needed to improve after the break if we had any chance of holding onto our narrow lead.
The Blues looked a bit sharper as they emerged from the tunnel for the second half, but it took just 5 minutes for our luck to continue when Fernando brought down Andrej Kramaric inside the box, but a free-kick was given instead. I honestly believe that had the referee made the right decision on that occasion, the momentum of the game would have completely shifted, but thankfully Leicester’s frustration got the better of them and from that point on we looked a bit more stable.
I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with the number of chances which Wilfried Bony wasted as well yesterday, and the Ivorian has yet to impress me in any of the games he’s featured in yet, but as a wise man once told me about new signings, “Give them 10 games before you judge them” – and so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now!
Overall I’d say we did just about enough to deserve the victory over a mediocre Leicester side, and while I’ve gone on about how it wasn’t the best of performances from City in this blog, you have to remember that Mark Schwarzer pulled off some fantastic saves throughout the course of the game – and if any of those shots had gone in it would have probably resulted in a much more flattering scoreline.
There’s a 10 day break now until City’s next game away at Burnley, and so I’m hoping that the Blues use this time wisely by learning from the mistakes made in yesterday’s game, and what they can do going forward.
I get the feeling though that if we play the way we did last night at Turf Moor next Saturday, we won’t be let off so easily!