Published on December 2nd, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Manchester City 4-1 Hull City | Daniel Cheeseman
It might have only been Hull, and it might have only been the Capital One Cup, but you can’t deny it feels good to see your team play well and win comfortably again after going through a sticky patch in the season.
The problem with the League cup is that you never know what to expect, especially when playing against a lower league side, but thankfully on this occasion Hull didn’t look that up for it – which made life very easy for the Blues.
Although the comfortable victory was largely down to the fact that the Tigers were pretty poor on the night, you still have to give credit to City for getting the job done and saving us from another humiliating defeat.
Despite playing reasonably well in the first half, I thought there was a big improvement when Kelechi Iheanacho came on for Wilfried Bony after 70 minutes. The 19 year old brought a lot of energy onto the field when he came on and immediately asked a lot more questions of Hull’s defence.
Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva, Fabian Delph and Kevin de Bruyne were all instrumental in the win as well, so I think it would be unfair to choose any one of them as the Man of the Match.
I must say that I’m becoming more and more impressed with Otamendi every time I see him play. The Argentinian took a few games to find his feet after joining the club this season, but once he got going there was no stopping him – and as a result he’s now become a crucial member of the starting 11.
The thing that I like the most about him is that he’s not just a great tackler, but his reading of the game is absolutely world class – which is why I’m certain he’ll form a formidable partnership with Vincent Kompany when both are fit.
I was glad to see David Silva play 80 minutes after returning from a long absence, and on the evidence of Tuesday’s game it seems as though he’s pretty much fully recovered. Hopefully Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero will follow suit on Saturday against Stoke, but it’s probably likely that one of, if not both, will be on the bench.
It was a was a fairly big decision to leave Yaya Toure out of the squad, but in this fixture I think Delph was a more than adequate replacement as he always looks hungry and has formed a good partnership with Fernandinho in midfield.
It’s a shame that we weren’t able to keep a clean sheet at the end, as it knocked a bit of gloss off what was a very polished performance, but I’d be nitpicking if I were to expand much more on that – as it ended up being irrelevant on this occasion.
The main thing is that we’ve put in two good performances in a row now and seem to have gone past that slight “blip”, however I can see Stoke on Saturday being a much bigger test of the team’s character – so it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep it up!