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  1. Puzzled by this whole question and want some opinions from the other readers of the forum.

    I''ve seen several posts over the weekend about how we have a piss-poor squad compared the rest of the Premiership, yet we spent over £25M before the season start to improve that squad.

    Surely the squad has improved just in financial terms, if not in playing terms. So it begs the question if the squad has not improved in playing terms is it because they are worse than the sum of the parts?

    If they are playing worse than the sum of the parts, what has to happen to make them play better than the sum of the parts?

    Martin Keown made some interesting comments in the lead up to the Arsenal game on radio yesterday about how Wenger always allowed his players to go out and express themselves even in the context or restrictions of his tactical setup. Get the impression that that is not happening here at City, and perhaps on a simply level is the reason we are currently worse than the sum of the parts. Do we have too many square pegs in round holes?

  2. cusdp, "Realistically I can''t see him changing his principles. He''s always played 1 up top and 2 defensive mids."

    That would not be a problem if he was prepared to let the midfield push forward. There''s a distinct reluctance to do that.

    QPR game away for me was a game begging for some passion going forward. That was a game there for the taking, but how many times did City attack with just 1 or 2 players.

    One of the fundamental changes Pochettino seemed to have made at Southampton was to get his midfield players forward in support of the attackers.

    Chelsea are playing with two holding midfield players, but if one pushes forward the other sits. They don''t both sit. How often do you see Ramires beyond the three advanced midfield players.

  3. nutty, to be honest there seems to be a mindset of get it out of the centre of the park to the wings and hope those lads do their stuff and then the ball into Holt will give us an opening, but we''ve done our bit going forward and we are now told to sit and protect.

  4. nutty, I would agree with you that Swansea have changed this year being allowed to use a more direct ball if that ball is on. But I don''t think they''ve fundamentally changed their ethos in the same way that City have. It''s still about passing and movement - Laudrup has not changed that aspect of their play.

  5. cusdp, "I know for a fact that players are frustrated and want the shackles taken off to express themselves, rather than playing in fear and keeping it tight. "

    That''s a telling point for me. From what we see the players have been told to restrain their attacking intent. Too many games have been there for the taking, but it''s all been a protect what we have.

    Will he let them loose on Sunday? The game cries out for a "Your destiny is in your own hands, go out and win the game" mentality. I''m not convinced a point will be enough - though Wigan did look poor defensively last night.

  6. Nutty, do you concur that the change in emphasis has made the "watch" a dull affair? The attacking threat from City has been stifled in preference to defensive solidity.

    There''s no "bust-a-gut" running from the centre midfield pair trying to get into the box to support the wide players. As Webbo points out the ball into the box has been to one player, no-one falling up for any knock downs or clearances.

  7. Nutty, sorry but I''m partly with unique on this one. Last season does have relevance to the discussion.

    The players that are common to both seasons - the Pilks et al, played without fear of mistakes under Lambert. Those same players seem to have been given a more rigid framework to play in under Hughton, I would say, to their detriment.

    Under Lambert the philosophy appears to have been go out and attack, your opponents score 2, you go score 3. Under Hughton it seems to be more a case of go out and make sure you don''t concede focusing on our defensive strength. Unfortunately, you don''t win a game 0-0. So when Hughton''s team concedes his plan appears to fall apart.

    With Swanseas win last night you can already envisage the mindset for Sunday. Play for the draw, rather than risk getting the win that would guarantee safety,

  8. He was very poor in the game against Juventus last night. And even the more appealing Kris Commons (my view from his performance in the first leg against Juve) looked very ordinary.

    From what I saw in the first leg and in flashes last night Kris Commons could play the Wes role just off the main striker. Though if he, like Hooper, was trying to put himself in the shop window last night, he failed.

  9. I''m sorry did I watch a different game today?

    It''s no wonder Holt is struggling to get involved there''s no one running off of him. The two wide midfield players don''t get beyond him and Hoolahan is trying so hard to get things going he''s all over the pitch not contributing to anything.

    That game was there for the taking in the first half and it was like City had no clue. And yes, I am a City fan, before the usual crowd deride me with the label "binner".

    The number of times that our fall back had possession of the ball and were looking for movement ahead of them. There wasn''t any.

    From 60 minutes the game was begging for a change in midfield. Swap one of the holding players or God forbid tell Johnson to get forward more but don''t get them to continually sit.

    A dropped 2 points from where I was sitting.

  10. Actually I think it''s more than just the poor passing.

    There''s too much respect given to the other teams - that must come from Hughton. It''s also in a lot of the comments from people on here about Mr Nice Guy Hughton. City are in the Premier League by right. On their day they should be a match for any team, but the team seems to have been given this belief that they have to play like "gentlemen" and respect the opposition. Well b-u-g-g-e-r that, get in their faces guys, that''s what you''re paid to do!

    The games against Arsenal and Man U, City were in their faces the whole match, closing down, pressing, harrying the player on the ball. The games against Liverpool none of that was in evidence. As they always say give a good player time to play and he''ll play. City were like that against Liverpool and rightly deserved the hiding they got.

  11. Played central midfield throughout the majority of my playing time, though have played in goal, up front or in the back-line.

    Gorleston Grammar U-14s, U-16s, U-18s (scored 5 in my first game for the U-14s when I eventually got into the side).

    Fleggburgh U-18s (most notable game a 26-0 thrashing at the hands of Attleborough featuring a young winger by the name of John Fashanu).

    Potter Heigham Reserves (drew against a Norwich Prison side in one of the Anglian cup rounds only to have to return to the prison again for the replay).


    Bath University 3rd XI (returned home one Christmas to play with a colleague in a Norwich league side featuring Martin Peters).

    Middlecroft FC (down in Gosport).

    Lee-on-Solent BL.

    Other most notable memory is that the City side of the 70s used to come and train in the grounds of the private school where I lived (Duncan Hall, Scratby). So the likes of Keelan, Foggo, Stringer, Forbes et al training there pre-season.

  12. Hope the title says it all. That said Blackpool showed this season that you can''t get by on scoring alone, having dropped too many points even though they score 2 or more goals in the games.

    Trying to look through the stats for this season PL and nothing immediately stands out as the cause for a teams demise. Obviously winning is important.


    Blackpool 6 8 55 78

    West Bromwich Albion 2 9 56 71

    West Ham United 5 13 43 70

    Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 10 46 66

    Wigan Athletic 7 13 40 61

    Aston Villa 7 9 48 59

    Blackburn Rovers 8 10 46 59

    Birmingham 9 11 37 58

    Newcastle United 9 10 56 57

    Bolton Wanderers 5 11 52 56

    Sunderland 13 12 45 56

    Stoke City 9 13 46 48

    Tottenham Hotspur 8 8 55 46

    Everton 9 9 51 45

    Liverpool 14 7 59 44

    Arsenal 13 6 72 43

    Fulham 14 9 49 43

    Manchester United 15 5 78 37

    Chelsea 15 9 69 33

    Manchester City 18 9 60 33

    CS - clean sheet, FTS - failed to score
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