Published on April 19th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman1
Manchester City 2-0 West Ham | Daniel Cheeseman
“A Bittersweet Victory”
It’s hard to know how to react to a game like today’s, as on the one hand it was great to see City regain their confidence and get back to winning ways again, but on the other it was sad to see one of our best and most important players stretchered off the field.
Having said that, I’ll try my best to make this blog as positive as possible – as I think we’ve had more than enough negativity for one month! 😉
Even though you could argue that we were against a weaker side today, I thought it was a much better performance all round from the Blues. When you consider the amount of pressure that has mounted on Pellegrini and the players over the past few games, you have to say that they handled things pretty well today, and for the first time in a while it looked like they were actually enjoying themselves.
In terms of the incident with David Silva, I’m sure you’ll all agree that our hearts sank when we saw him stretchered off the field after over 5 minutes with the medical team, but hopefully it isn’t as bad as it initially looked and that he makes a swift enough recovery to be able to play again this season.
When I first saw the incident earlier today, my first instinct was that it was an unintentional elbow from Kouyate, but after watching several replays now my decision has become a lot more 50/50 as to whether he meant it or not. I hope for the sake of football that it wasn’t intentional.
Back to the positives – I believe that sticking to the 4-5-1 formation had another good effect on the Blues’ performance, which we saw evidence of in the first 10-15 minutes of last Sunday’s derby too, so hopefully the manager has noticed this and continues to use it for the remainder of the season.
I must say that the build up to Sergio Aguero’s 101th City goal was one worth noting, as it has shown how effective we can be on the counter attack. I can imagine that seeing players like Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero running towards you must be a nightmare for any defenders in the world right now, and so I can’t help but wonder why we haven’t used that tactic more this season against the teams who like to retain possession like we do (such as Barcelona).
Overall I’d say there wasn’t much wrong with City’s performance today, and even though we got lucky with the first goal (and you could say that West Ham didn’t offer much either) a win’s a win – and that’s something which we’ve found hard to do as of late!
Bring on Villa!
UPDATE: Things are looking a lot better for David Silva after his latest tweet!
Many thanks to all the messages of support, all the tests have gone well and I'm already home.The 3 points is what was important!
— David Silva (@21LVA) April 19, 2015