West Brom 1 Man City 2 - match report

Substitute Edin Dzeko scored two late goals as 10-man Manchester City broke West Brom hearts at The Hawthorns.

Steve Clarke stock 4

Shane Long’s fifth goal of the season on 67 minutes looked set to maintain the Baggies’ 100 per cent league record on home turf this season after James Milner was sent off for City.

But Dzeko made the most of an error by Ben Foster with 10 minutes to play to draw the Premier League champions level.

And he swept home a Sergio Aguero cross in stoppage time to seal a memorable the win for the visitors and inflict Albion boss Steve Clarke’s first Premier League loss at The Hawthorns.

It was a remarkable turnaround for City, who had Milner dismissed on 23 minutes for tripping Shane Long as he ran towards goal.

City were the first side to threaten when Micah Richards met a corner with a powerful header that was tipped over the bar by Baggies keeper Ben Foster.

But Albion were handed a major boost on 23 minutes with the sending off of Milner.

Youssouf Mulumbu won a strong challenge in midfield and found James Morrison, whose through-ball sent Long towards goal.

Milner brought him down and, although Joleon Lescott was making up ground to cover, referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to make the correct decision by sending off the former Villa man.

The game continued to simmer with several yellow cards on each side and Albion held their own with Claudio Yacob firing wide from distance.

City still carried a threat, however, and Foster had to be at his best three minutes before the break when he made an excellent save low down with his legs to deny Mario Balotelli after the Italian had jinked superbly past Gabriel Tamas and Gareth McAuley.

Just before the interval Gareth Barry lifted a shot just over for City.

There was a cagey start to the second half but it was City who twice went close to breaking the deadlock early on through Carlos Tevez.

First the Argentine saw his 20-yard angled shot clawed away superbly by a flying Ben Foster, then he had a shot from the edge of the box blocked bravely by Tamas.

The visitors should have gone ahead just before the hour-mark when Albion failed to deal effectively with a left-wing free-kick which sat up for Yaya Toure.

But the former Barcelona man nodded over with the goal at his mercy.

Marc-Antoine Fortune was fortunate not to hand City a penalty when he was guilty of a blatant handball a fraction outside the area on 60 minutes.

And seven minutes later the Baggies finally made the breakthrough with substitute Odemwingie the unwitting supplier just four minutes after stepping off the bench.

He cut inside and tried a shot from 20 yards which was badly miscued but turned into a defence-splitting pass for Long, who burst into the box and prodded home a first-time shot.

But with 10 minutes remaining City’s second-half pressure paid off as Dzeko profited from a rare error by Foster.

He attempted to punch a Samir Nasri free-kick but failed to make contact and Dzeko appeared in a crowd of players to head home.

Albion had several great chances to restore their lead late on with the best two falling to substitute Romelu Lukaku.

He headed straight at Hart from an Odemwingie cross then saw an overhead kick tipped over by the keeper.

And City cashed in two minutes into stoppage-time as Aguero pounced on Liam Ridgewell’s poor pass and broke on the right, crossing for Dzeko to net the winner.

By Steve Madeley

Comments for: "West Brom 1 Man City 2 - match report"

US Baggie

Gutted to lose so late on. Why we didn't bring on Odemwingie and Lukaku after they won't down to 10 men is beyond me. Gave them way too much respect and should have got at them more.

west bromwichbriscoe

well played albion today matched citys millionaires ,but unlucky not to have won or drawed ,amazing how far we have come boing boing

boy from the REAL black country

Man city didn't win this, we lost it! I can forgive Foster his error, from time to time a keeper will mess up and it usually ends up as a goal. If a normally highly reliable player slips up, you just accept it and move on. What was gutting was the naivety we showed in over commiting players which lead to their last minute winner. This really hurt as it was a really good team performance that was undone by chasing the 3 points rather than accepting the one we had. Its admirable in a way, being positive, but against the champions, even down to 10 men a point would've been a great result. We were outnumbered when City broke away and they were the team with a man less! Still, can't really moan about the performance as a whole - just a bit frustrated we played so well against a side with the players City have at their disposal and have nothing to show for it. McAuley was superb throughout and i thought Odemwingie made a real difference when he came on. The fact we are so gutted by this is proberbly a good measure of how far this club has now come.

Jeff

A good analysis which I agree with.

I still don't understand why Mr.Clarke started the game without Gera and why Shane Long was substituted. He is a proven goalscorer and should have stayed on with proven none scoring Fortune taken off.

Fortune played well but Shane should hace stayed on!

Texas Baggie

We gave them to much respect, went one up and we where lacking a bit of experience pushing up where we should have concentrated on keeping the ball, but still along way to go

SC Baggie

SC showed is naivety today for me .....one nil up against the Prem champions and them down to 10 men...... why not close the shop instead of thinking your as good as them and go for more (one goal to nil is enough)......the value of their players and wages should tell you they are technically better and faster than us. So it proved to be and the last goal took about 3 seconds from the one end to the other. Three points lost for me.

astleistheking

Sorry don't agree as City will punish you if you sit back and defend, so IMO going for a win was a good idea. Sadly they have Dzecko who as I mentioned on another thread is a born goalscorer and what ever the formation will get a goal.

Jack ♣ Hat.

SC,

Defend for most of the second half!, NO THANKS. We would die of boredom.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

1954 baggie

Totally agree, too much respect and should have settled for a point.

However were worth our position but difficult to compete with the

mega rich clubs, thought we had a good bench but theres made the

difference. Our problem how to fit our strikers together cant see how

Fortunae fits in hopefully get Thomas back to his best will be another

option.

Dubai Baggie

Two bad goals cost us this result. Should have pushed forward much earlier in the game when they went down to ten men not gung ho at the death.

Cyril Randle

A disappointing result as we deserved a point. City are a Jekyll and Hyde team, sublime passing skills allied to kicking, shoving and fouling anything that gets in their way at times. I haven't seen the 'foul' that led to their first goal on TV yet, but Gera got a full foot on the whole ball and it was right under our noses in the East Stand.

Mr Clattenberg came in for a right roasting from the away fans first half, yet they all had badges lauding his decisions second half. Had he been TRULY strong and honest, Ballotelli would have also seen red 1st half.

We have been discussing what is wrong with the Prem. That game epitomised the whole caboodle.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Cyril,

I agree mate, how was that a foul (That led to their second goal) Gera got full contact on the ball and their player decided to go to ground without being obstructed. About time retrospective action is taken whilst the match is in progress. ...if it had been Ten Pin Bowling, They would have been the bowl and us the pins.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Robin Brittain

You are right Cyril , Ballotelli should have gone for blatantly kicking Jacob and I feel the referee was dubious about reducing the champions to nine men but he should have done. Two points about the game , unless there was a good reason for him not starting I cannot see the point of having PO our best forward on the bench. He caused havoc when he came on and I think had Long still been on the pitch he would have converted the perfect cross that PO produced.

With hindsight it was probably reckless to commit so many men forward at the death which led to their winning goal. You have to give credit to both sides for producing a great spectacle and admit that City have got some team.

Mboy

Their 10 were better than our 11. Very disappointing that we weren't more positive when Milner was sent off - we were far more of a threat when Odemwingie came on. We are also certainly in need of a right back!

scottie

Karen Scott

Boing Boing We just played a team that can afford to bring on a sub worth £38 mill

and they only just ......welll

Some things in life are bad

They can really make you mad

Other things just make you swear and curse.

When you're chewing on life's gristle

Don't grumble, give a whistle

And this'll help things turn out for the best...

And...always look on the bright side of life...

Always look on the light side of life...

Keep the Faith xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Beverley Collard

A Queen of perspective amongst the Kings of hindsight and Knaves of cudda wudda shudda.

Hodgson = don't like, too negative.

Clarke = don't like, not negative enough.

Well done Karen a bit of common sense along with Messrs Randle and Briscoe.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Listened to the match on "Five Live", Kept a weather eye on "Final Score", Followed match report on the computer "Sun" site which concentrated on the Hawthorns duel, with commentators from both camps.

Well played lads, every one of you stood up to be counted. We had City resorting to all sorts of misbehaviour to contain us. Special mention to our unyielding centre-backs, Osaze and above all that powerhouse Shane Long. Before anyone plays the "Ten man" card, who made their guy do the clogging, Father Christmas?. Which brings me to this point, as well as their player being sent off; we should be awarded a penalty (Albeit outside the area) as Long would have been clean through, it would have put a different slant on our game. What I personally glean from this encounter is, ALBION have arrived as a true Premiership outfit.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

SkyeBaggie

We have become an excellent counter attacking team. We thrive on little possession. However when the opposition go down to ten men, so early on. You have to gain possession and wear the opposition out. We never looked like using that advantage. But then most of their players are reputed to be worth more than our team! We didn't deserve to lose, but we didn't deserve to win that one either

astleistheking

Gutted!

I am very impressed how we matched them and attacked until the final whislte. Shane Long is just immense as is Ben Foster despite what happened.

Very proud to be a baggie.

Peter Davis

Felt sick yesterday feeling we had thrown three points away with errors from foster and ridge well responsible for their 2 goals. However having slept on it I'm now convinced that clatter burgs refereeing was one eyed and dishonest and ultimately led to their victory. Ballotelli is reknownd for his over the top tackles and twice yesterday he could have broken legs the result one yellow card .compare this to the laughable incident when long in frustration slapped at a high ball going over his head..result one yellow card .clattenburg,s decision was either cowardly or he's a villa striker who scored against us recently. Having looked at their first goal from one of a series of soft free kicks given to the visitors I reckon foster was taken out by Richards prior to dzeko heading in..ignored by clattenburg. Yes I believe an honest ref today would have given us a better chance of three points. That said I believe we should have been positive earlier on today but as usual we tend to overpass when we're playing 10 men ....maybe if we. Had been playing 9 it would have worked.

TB

Firstly to Manchester City. In spite of them being a deplorable team of nasty footballers, they were excellent yesterday. They showed spirit, desire and technique to control the game. Their winning goal epitomised that.

I don't think yesterday was our best day at the office and we showed City far too much respect even when they were down to ten men. For 80 mins we were reluctant to pass and move and didn't really come to life until they equalised. We then absolutely cut them to shreds for 10 mins and were beaten by what felt like a sucker punch (we could / should have scored 4 goals in the last 10 mins).

It's disappointing simply because I know we are better on the ball than we showed yesterday. But hindsight is a wonderful thing and if they hadn't equalised then we'd probably be talking about a tactical master stroke.

There were of course many positives. Defensively we were excellent from back to front and we showed a real desire to get amongst them. We stood up to their physicality and when we finally decided to go for it, our attacking play was insisive.

Few games have left me with such mixed feelings. I clapped the team off the field, proud to be a Baggie. Yet I've been sick with disappointment, running the game through my head all last night and this morning. And really that just shows how far we've come. I genuinely believe we can get something from every game this season and expect us to beat Man City at home and against ten men. That is absolute testament to the job that Steve Clarke and the players are doing.

It's a great time to be a Baggie.

Medway Baggie

Managed to get to the match after a last minute decision. One thing that struck me was how easily we gave the ball away, my brother said that we usually did (he sees the team every home match). When City went down to ten men I thought that it evened the chances of a draw. Yes City are that good, remember they could buy our complete squad with what they paid for some of their players.The ref's decisions at times struck me as very strange. Yes I agree that Ballotell should have received at least three yellow cards and some of the tackling, have they been taking lessons from Stoke.

A strange one for me, and maybe someone could explain it, was during a corner kick during the second half (if I remember right, it was at the brummie road end anyway). There seemed to be a "scrap" between one of theirs and Morrison (I think) which the ref saw and called the pair to him. A few words later and the pair went back to their positions whence the City player carried on getting into Morrison's face. This, of course, went unpunished. Now should it have been?

One highlight for me was Olsson giving the ref a piece of his mind on what I think was the ref's poor decisions. I was concerned that ref would card him it went on that long. Still I enjoyed the match even if it did reinforce how much refs seem to "cow down" to the bigger clubs.

alfred miller

Hi all, what a good game of football. In my opinion their first goal should have been disallowed. It was a clear foul, Foster was obstructed by that City mountain. He just couldnt get to the ball, and each time I watch the replay the more i believe in that. It wasnt a foul at first place, Gera just got the ball to a throw in. HE got the ball first. But lets give credit to out brave players, sometimes they looked like the champions didnt they

Stroller

SC Baggie

Agree entirely. Albion will never beat teams like Man City with attacking football even with ten men.This was similar to Tony Mowbry. Surely the best way is as Roy showed by strong defensive tactics. The cracks appeared against QPR when Albion should have won by far bigger margin. Steve Clark is a tactician but yesterday was an opportunity lost.

Baggiebob

Things are rarely black and white are they? There were so many issues within the game that could've been different and it's easy with hindsight to criticise decisions, poor ball control and tactics. The fact City went down to 10 men and Albion scored first coloured the situation; the expectation was for Albion to press the advantage and look for a winner after they equalised, how realistic that expectation was, I'd question. City ought to be a class above Albion, they are the defending champions with extremely gifted players, but it's the measure of how far Albion have come that they thought - naively in my opinion - that they had a duty to go on and try to win. It should be acknowledged that we did have half a dozen chances to win as well.

last season Hodgson would've brought on Jara and another defensive player to hold the 1-0 lead. We may've gotten a point; would that be a positive - I'll let others decide. Elsewhere I've seen Foster and Ridgewell criticised for the goals; unjust in my opinion. Foster understood the threat from Dzeko and tried to beat him to the ball; it was a gamble, it didn't pay off and being blocked off didn't help. Some 'experts' stated he should've stayed on his line and would've probably saved it, I'm not convinced he would've, but either way its speculation. Same with Ridgewell, I wonder what percentage of defenders would've in the 92 minute in the opposition's box controlled a strong pass from Gera? I believe some supporters need to get a reality check. Despite feeling gutted, I believe Albion are an improving team - long may it last!

Jack ♣ Hat.

Bob,

I thought Clarke got the tactics right but for one bad referees decision (On Gera) and one bad pass from Ridgewell; Regards the Foster so called slip-up G-mac was certainly being thumped in the neck by the attackers arm plus a hat-trick of missed chances from Lukaku. Steve's tactics would have been just what the doctor ordered mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

P.S. Just have a look at my brand new avatar on the Sun site.

Altrincham Cheshire blue

I must say,

I have read many comments about yesterday's match, talk about complete bias!! City had 62% possession, and was the dominant team with 10 men. Give credit where it is due WBA !!

Most of our players were on international duty, next week concentrating on champions league, your team had been rested!

I like the way you (WBA) play and see a bright future, but one thing you must learn is to be gracious in defeat

Ant

Mboy

I think that you should be gracious and stay away from these pages. Your obscene team (£27 million sub got you out of jail) has ensured that United is not even the most disliked team in Manchester.

astleistheking

Most of our players were on Interbational duty too.

We got solbakken the club

Yeah, I agree , stay off our pages !

Au revoir our kid...

CantelloRocket 78

Solbakken-

After spending every waking hour on this site since the start of the season, you're now telling us you've finally become a Baggies fan.

Take it easy-

the step-up in class from your previous club will make yer nose bleed.....

The future's bright (unfortunately, you're not.........).

We got solbakken the club

Never had nose bleeds really CR, bet you don't get em either. After reading my posts think your pressure is released via the steam from your earholes. Safe journey back old mucka.

Au revoir our kid...

CantelloRocket 78

Solbakken-

to be honest, the guy's who've met me on this site will tell anyone that I'm very laid back and smiling almost all the time.

You actually amuse me, I sit on the Baggies site whilst you keep runnin' backwards and forwards over here, like me Mother-in-law's dog chasing and retrieving a stick in the park.

By the end of the season you should be very fit, and after your visits here you'll also feel like a proper premiership fan.

Until you look down at that 'orrible yella and black shirt yer wearin'.......

Jack ♣ Hat.

Cheese,

I don't see any of our fans running City down, same can't be said for the referee mate. Actually the contest was well worth the ticket money. Lets face it, with your massive talent plus the youngsters coming through, you could play four matches a week and not feel the pinch. All the best in retaining the title, Oh!, cast your mind back before your cash injection, what were you saying about Man Utd.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Realist

Gracious in defeat. This lot can't even spell the word!

CantelloRocket 78

Realist (on fantasy island)-

lost yer way?

If you want the wolves site, trying looking down, it's somewhere in the basement below Huddersfield.

Now give me FIVE!!!

Kev in Mallorca

Yea but yove had more experience than us ay ya?

Jack ♣ Hat.

Realist,

Who are you to talk Dog-Head, I remember your lot being ungracious towards Sir Jack Spitting on him, Mick McCarthy, Steve Morgan, Jezz Moxey, having a go at a player who was carrying his baby, Boozed up Johnson, the works cat, Before you look at the splinter in our eye do something with the plank in yours, Hypocrite.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

P.S. Now make our ungracious list.

Realist.

Jack you keep telling us you are poorly.

With rather nasty comments like you make you must be sick in the head. Banter I can take. Vicious and insulting remarks that you post are sure sign of a serious mental condition.

Try taking some lessons from TRBH. Cantello et al.

I am not sure if the mod will print this but I had to get it off my chest.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Realist,

Trying to wriggle out of our "List of ungraciousness" are we?. Bit off more than you can chew have you. Typical Dog-head can't take his own medicine. Look pal, if you come on here with your insults expect a figurative slap on the lug-hole. Now behave, Hope your chest is better now.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Realist.

What a pathetic response Jack.

And I certainly don't wish to be called a pal of yours.

Further more you have the audacity to call people Dogheads.

You couldn't make it up.

Gabby's Elbow

I hope this isnt our "blackpool game" from a couple of seasons ago............? Having given the champions a real game, lets not get too disillusioned because we lost.

They showed thier class, and nasty side by keeping us at bay for long periods, despite the sending off. Not sure i could critisise Ben for thier first goal, but if your going to come that far, you have to win the ball (he was no where near getting it!).

The second goal showed thier desire to win the game - they broke and got to our box faster than any Albion players(was it Fortune who tried to block Dzeco), and when we had a similar oppurtunity earlier in the half, we failed miserably to even get a shot on goal!

The full baks were poor for albion yesterday - Gabbys distribution was awful, and i thought Liam was very average (despite one great cross for Lukaku) -

Anyway, whats with Long as MOM?? What about Olsson, Mcualey or Jacob - they were faultless again!

Hopefully this result wont derail us and we wont change our style for the upcoming games? Still think SC has us on the right path, and we should put this down to experience?

alfred miller

Just as I said, our goalkeeper was fouled, held obstructed by a huge man city player. He just lashed at him giving him no chance to intercept Dzeko. Just watch the replay carefully.

westbromwichbriscoe

after watching the game on the box i think that micah richards obstructed foster for there first goal ,

TB

Cheshire Blue,

I think you'll find quite a lot of credit has been given to your nasty yet talented team. Yet this is a Midlands website so forgive us for focusing on West Brom not City. Although you were the better team, we can understandably feel disappointed that we didn't get at least a point. But credit must indeed go to City.

Oh, and thanks for proving that a season of success has made you as insular and unaware as your less noisy neighbours. All but 4 of our team had also been away on International duty. I know it's hard to imagine that there is life outside of England and City but it's true...

cosy baggie

gutted...... got a corner with one minute to go, all the defenders came up for it and what did we do? we took a SHORT corner and lost possesion. unforgivable

Wall Heath Baggie

Never made a mistake in your life have you mate ?.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Wall Heath,

The reason being, He's never done anything.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Wall Heath Baggie

Best game at the Hawthorns this season and i will not complain ever about us trying to win a game. Yes Foster made a mistake but when he makes as many as Carson as well as totally undermining the team come back to me.

Super Cyril Randle was correct in stating that City did an awful lot of fouling and Toure should have walked for a stamp on Long just before half time. The Ref was awful but most of them are week in week out , up and down the Country.

Odemwingie came on and was bright but it is a real shame he does not do that when he starts.

Right back is a real concern , Tamas battled well but he looks like a fish out of water in that position and i do wonder if Popov would be a better bet at Left back than Ridgewell , any thoughts people ?.

Finally yes City went down to 10 early but such is the quality they own that it never looked like it , the beauty of spending 300 million plus i guess. Tevez and Balotelli off , Aguero and Dzeko on says it all.

Proud of the commitment shown by the boys Saturday and we will not face the quality of City every week .

Come on you Baggies.

Danny Osmond

I suppose if you say it it MUST be right.

Wall Heath Baggie

Had a row with ya Missus mate ?

Jeff

Has anyone mentioned Fosters BRILLIANT save??

Jack ♣ Hat.

Wall Heath,

Tamas is a good player when utilised in his right position. Hope Popov has started training with his right foot to take up the right back position which is more urgent at this time mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

AndyH

Morning all,

have thought about this for a couple of days and am proud of the way we played. Was Foster at fault - maybe but he was fouled. Should we have closed the game out - maybe but if we had won or got the point we would be all over the moon. Should money bags have been down to 9 men - probably but the ref bottled sending of Balotelli. We showed class and style and with any luck could have had another goal or 2....and yet

Bee in my bonnet time i guess here but since our first promotion 10 years ago (that long -time flies) we have spent a fair bit of money in transfers and wages - balanced out by recouping cash with players sales when needed and picking up total bargins from around the world. We spend what we make, have no debt and achieve what we do on merit. Since buying Chelsea, the mad russian has spent over a BILLION pounds on fees and wages etc and Money bags city are fast cathing up. Their bench cost more than out club is worth on the stock market - their wages are out of this world - and their loses last year were over 140 million. Since buying the club the oil sheiks have spent vast amounts of cash that the club just does not create - and i thought the idea of sport was to have a level playing field. With buying the club - nameing the stadium - paying the fees and the wages it must be well over 500 million or more. Yes they have recouped some money with players sales but the balance is still way off. I know it's not a good example here but if you combine what City and Chelsea have spent on players etc it would fund / build how many brand new schools?? At around 50 Million to build and resource a new school....

I know it's a null and void point but it just makes my blood boil a little..

rant over - still proud of our club and the way we go about our business. And it's 20 years this season since the wembley play off win as well ( time really flies)

glass as ever more than half full

regards

AndyH

BURNLEY BAGGIE

I don't care who you are playing 1-0 up with 10 mins to go at home and they are down to 10 men you don't lose.

You keep the ball make them chase you,take advantage of the extra man.

City's second goal they had a man over it was 3 against 2 words fail me

Got too blame SC on this one needed an extra midfielder to kill the game not another striker to attack the game

should have been a bit more RH than TM me thinks in this case.

Wall Heath Baggie

Rubbish mate .

Danny Osmond

Still always right I see and I ain't your mate. MATE.

Shropshirebaggy

Calm down mate ;-)

Wall Heath Baggie

Sorry Pal .

Jack ♣ Hat.

Burnley,

I thought Clarke got the tactics right but for the bad referees decision as Gera had full contact on the ball, their player decided to go to ground and the resulting free kick which led to Richards fouling Foster and G-Mac, one bad pass from Ridgewell; Regards the Foster so called slip-up G-mac was certainly being thumped in the neck by their right back Richards arm who had incidentally Clattered into Ben (Foster), How on earth did the officials miss that?; when they can spot a players toe protruding and flag for offside (Never fails to amaze me), plus a hat-trick of missed chances from Lukaku. Steve's tactics would have been just what the doctor ordered mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

astleistheking

Burnley - The theory is correct but not against Man City mate, come on!

CantelloRocket 78

Unfortunately, I couldn't get to see or hear the game, I had to rush to a Budapest electronics store to check out the last 20-odd minutes on an iPad, displayed for sale.

I've no idea what the Hungarian customers were thinking when I danced around after seeing Shane had scored, or as I clutched the device with tears in my eyes at the final whistle, but they were suitably impressed at the emotional response produced by the Apple gadget, because they were quickly lining up to buy one afterwards.

Ironically, when the game kicked off, I was high above the city standing next to the 'citadel', a magnificent monument erected in honour of a handful of soldiers who battled bravely against stronger forces in WWII, but were eventually defeated.

Losing to a last minute goal against the best team in the country is still an impressive effort.

Nowhere near as humiliating as losing to, say, Huddersfield Town for example.........?

Kev in Mallorca

To the majority above, hindsight is a wonderful thing but you have to moan about something I suppose.

Gabby's Elbow

This ain't at you but It's funny how we see things differently and as you probably know I don't knock players,except for JT for wasting his talent but although Jonas played well defensively his distribution was absolutely abysmal.

Adéu

CantelloRocket 78

Kev,

Hola.

I think SC has got off quite lightly, because when we were drawing 1-1 against Swansea and Norwich last season, and lost 1-2 after trying to win but getting caught on the break late in the game, RH was absolutely slaughtered by some guy's on here, probably because if he even sneezed he was blamed for disturbing the player's concentration.

Because it's now happened to someone else in charge, it's now seen as a brave attempt, and we didn't deserve to lose.

The Norwich fans also said Albion didn't deserve to lose last season, but it seems we didn't agree.

I've also noticed that one or two guys say Peter O. made a difference when he came on against City, and looked bright-

just as well, because those that don't like him haven't even mentioned his contribution.

So it is when you're a 'target' man-

but target for all the wrong reasons......

Adeu.

(Back home tomorrow afternoon)

We Only Need One Half!

Anybody else recall November 2nd, 2002? almost ten years ago, City hit with us two almost identical goals to Saturdays last one, Berkovic to Anelka for the first, than Anelka to Goater, both at the SME (where I was sat) that ended 1-2 to (Clement)

Funny old game!

Wall Heath Baggie

No mate but i do remember Regis at Maine Road scoring an absolute screamer that silenced the Kippax , late 70's cannot recall the exact year. We won 3-1 , funny how i only remember the good stuff ( at least i think it was 3-1 LOL).

CantelloRocket 78

WONOH,

maybe see you in the Desi at the weekend?

If so, I'll open me eyes this time, honest.......

We Only Need One Half!

I wasn't at that one bud,

15/4/78, 3-1, Regis, Cunningham, A Brown - Kidd

Statham, Wile, Brown A, Brown T, Robinson.......Sorry, just having a Golden Gordon moment then ;-)

Anyone going the training session tomorrow?