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Totally agree with you Blue!

Seems like two steps forward, one step back doesn’t it.

I thought when we moved forward with Wigley instead of Fazakely but has it? Some of the substitutions have been highly questionable, as has the selling of fringe players with potential (reckon we could be doing with Croft’s impact off the bench), etc.

And where is the playmaker we have been crying out for since Ali B and Eyal moved on? I know its supposed to be Reyna but he doesn’t have the legs for it and is too injury prone. The only heir to the throne, Stevie Ireland, gets thrown the odd bone from time to time but he needs a run of games. Dickov playing deep-laying forward or the youthful and eye-for-space Ireland – Stevie for me.

Pearce has been unlucky twice with the goalie position (James doing a last minute runner, followed by the Swedes injury) but then lucky (that Nicky Weaver has grabbed his opportunity and looks a far better player than he was 4 years ago).

We’re still playing with a make shift right-back in Micah (he’s doing alright but is prone to ball-watcher), while the treatment of Mills is questionable particularly with the small squad we’ve got and Sommeil moving on.

Left-back is always a problem at City (Donachie and Bobby McDonald excepted). Thatcher can go for me, while Stephen Jordan is progressing – still lacks pace which he’ll never get, but he’s a reasonable defender who in time will learn not to make rash decisions.

We’re not party to the Distin politics but come on, he stayed because no one better than us came in for him and he’s waiting for the New Years sales. Looks like he’s going through the motions to me, unlike Dunne who is one of the few stalwarts we have at the club these days.

Wide right we’ve lost Flood and Croft and have only Sinclair plodding down the wing – as much as I like him, his legs have gone haven’t they. If Sinclair’s injured expect to see Reyna playing there – yes we have no replacement.

Wide left – well who hasn’t had a go? Maybe the new yank will plug the position but I can’t believe he’s going to be that good if we haven’t bought him but loaned him. Still to be resolved.

Central midfield – in theory we have the right ingredients if we can get the mix right. Didi, Dabo, Barton, Ireland, Reyna – 5 in to 2 positions.

Up front – we can’t score. Not one of those forwards is prolific and in fact I can see Barton just pipping Samaras for top scorer with a maximum 10 goals. Clearly no one expected Cole to leave last minute and Vassell to be injured so Pearce can rightly claim bad look here, but this is our main concern – we can muddle through in the wide midfield positions – but this needs sorting NOW! If we don’t look like scoring many then lets become a workman Everton / Bolton team and play with fewer (slow) forwards and more competitive midfield players. Common sense isn’t it.

Its Pearce’s tactics which worry me. He seems to want to start the same 11 in every game. Me, I’d have an away first choice and an away first choice. Home would have a 442 with Didi or Dabo alongside Barton / Reyna / Ireland in central midfield and Corradi + Vassell / Samaras / Dickov in that order. Away I’d have a 451 with Didi and Dabo central with Barton / Reyna / Ireland just forward in midfield and one from Vassell / Corradi / Samaras / Dickov in that order. Personally I reckon we should play a very tight compact 451 away, be hard to break down and steal 17 points, leaving about another 21 (7 wins) to be picked up from the 16 remaining home games. Not rocket science is it; you just need to see the big picture and not just the next 2 or 3 games.

It remains to be seen if Pearce can sort this out or will be given the time to do so – you can sense the knives sharpening now – but I really really hope so; I like the man!

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Chesterfield 2 Manchester City 1

League One Chesterfield piled the pressure on Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce by coming from behind to dump the Premiership strugglers out of the Carling Cup.

After a horror run, which has now seen City lose 13 of their last 16 games, Pearce had hoped for a much-needed break at Saltergate.

Instead, even more misery was lurking in the Derbyshire hills as first Caleb Folan levelled Georgios Samaras' first-half opener, then Derek Niven volleyed home a magnificent winner.

Try as they might, the strongest side Pearce had available to him failed to find an equaliser, allowing Chesterfield to add their name to a long list of lower-league foes who have embarrassed the Blues in cup combat, including Oldham and Doncaster in the last two seasons alone.

Having experienced a similar fate, to similar standard opposition at Belle Vue at the same stage of last season's competition, this sinking feeling is not a new one for Pearce.

However, 12 months ago, the former England skipper was still basking in an extended honeymoon period. Now, the knives are being sharpened by some sections of the Blues support, whose patience is being stretched to breaking point and who know their team could fall into the drop zone if they lose at home to West Ham on Sunday.

A shock hardly looked on the cards in the opening minutes as City looked to capitalise on their early superiority.

Joey Barton should have provided Samaras with a more straightforward route to goal rather than force the striker wide from a routine lay-off.

But Samaras was still able to cut inside and looked like scoring until Reuben Hazell slid in to block.

Corradi almost capitalised on a Hazell mistake shortly afterwards but it proved to be City's last chance for a while as Chesterfield, with Folan to the fore, got on top.

Pacey and direct, Pearce had picked the former Leeds trainee out as a man to watch before the game and after causing Richard Dunne no end of problems, should have put Chesterfield in front on the half hour.

Breaking forward after Barton had lost possession deep inside the home half, Folan carried on his run after feeding Niven and received the midfielder's square return pass barely 10 yards out.

He took aim impressively enough but the finish was awful, side-footed and high over the bar.

City made their enthusiastic opponents pay on their next attack, Corradi rising highest to reach Micah Richards' right-wing cross.

The Italian was unfortunate not to score himself but at least Samaras was on hand to bundle home the rebound as Corradi's header came bouncing off the post.

It was Samaras' first goal of the season and the first by any City striker, enough, it seemed to ease the Blues passage into the next round.

However, they reckoned without Chesterfield's stout resolve, which, aided by their own calamitous defending, saw the Spireites level within five minutes of the re-start.

Nicky Weaver, booked for inexplicably handling outside his area just before the interval, made an ill-advised attempt to punch clear when former Manchester United man Phil Picken curled a free-kick into the City box.

Weaver never got near it, and none of his defenders did either as Folan nodded into the bottom corner.

If that was bad for City, worse was to follow as Claudio Reyna's clearing header from Allott's cross fell perfectly for Niven, who rasped a superb right-footed volley into the top corner to send Chesterfield through and leave Pearce frantically hoping the Blues board continue to stand by him.

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I thought the days we were the laughing stock were over but are those days making a comeback??You know im beginning to get that sinking feeling everytime i see a score coming in pertaining to a City game because i realize its usually the oppossition who has scored.Enough is enough SP has given it his all and TBH i still like the guy but evidentaly he is not up to the job and rather face a long protracted relegation battle i say its time NOW to draw a line in the sand and get rid.........

Dissapointed blue(nothing new then!)

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I thought the days we were the laughing stock were over but are those days making a comeback??You know im beginning to get that sinking feeling everytime i see a score coming in pertaining to a City game because i realize its usually the oppossition who has scored.Enough is enough SP has given it his all and TBH i still like the guy but evidentaly he is not up to the job and rather face a long protracted relegation battle i say its time NOW to draw a line in the sand and get rid.........

Dissapointed blue(nothing new then!)

<deleted> disaterous last night, the lot of em should be totally ashamed :o

I agree about getting rid of SP before it's too late but who is out there ?

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I thought the days we were the laughing stock were over but are those days making a comeback??You know im beginning to get that sinking feeling everytime i see a score coming in pertaining to a City game because i realize its usually the oppossition who has scored.Enough is enough SP has given it his all and TBH i still like the guy but evidentaly he is not up to the job and rather face a long protracted relegation battle i say its time NOW to draw a line in the sand and get rid.........

Dissapointed blue(nothing new then!)

<deleted> disaterous last night, the lot of em should be totally ashamed :o

I agree about getting rid of SP before it's too late but who is out there ?

My granny who is 10 years dead would do a better job :D ,but seriously i dont know but we need a new direction...

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Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, David O-dreary, John Gregory, Sven, Ron Atkinson. The list is endless lads, haway....! :o

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As all the papers have been pointing out, Pearce probably has the next 5 (not so difficult) games to save his butt and our season. If he can't do it then he needs replacing.

As i type this at work the City vs Blackburn game is on UBC - you know i have no real heart to watch it tonight.

To cheer us up, and as a special thanks to our honourary red City fan, Redbus:

Manc Jokes

Two boys are playing football on a park in London. Suddenly a dog

appears and sinks its teeth into the younger boy's chest. The elder

picks up stick and drives it through the dog's heart, killing it.

A reporter observes all of this and asks the boy if he can write a

story on it. He takes out a notebook and puts down the title "ARSENAL

FAN SAVES FRIEND'S LIFE"

The boy says "I don't support Arsenal". so the reporter puts down

"CHELSEA FAN SAVES FRIEND'S LIFE"

The boy says "I don't support Chelsea",so the reporter asks "Who do you

support?", and the boy replies "Man U". So, the reporter writes down

"GLORY HUNTING IDIOT KILLS FAMILY PET"

Q...What is the difference between Alex Ferguson and a Jet engine?

A...A Jet engine eventually stops whining.

Q...Did you hear about the Conservative MP who was found dead in a Man

United strip?

A...The police had to dress him up in women's underwear in order to

save his family from the embarrassment.

Q...What's the difference between a vibrator and a man u fan?

A...A man u fan is a real dick.

Q... What is the difference between a Manchester United Fan and a

trampoline?

A... You take off your shoes to jump on a trampoline!

An anxious woman goes to her doctor. "Doctor," she asks nervously, "can

you get pregnant from anal intercourse?" "Certainly," replies the

doctor, "Where do you think those Man United fans come from?"

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As all the papers have been pointing out, Pearce probably has the next 5 (not so difficult) games to save his butt and our season. If he can't do it then he needs replacing.

As i type this at work the City vs Blackburn game is on UBC - you know i have no real heart to watch it tonight.

To cheer us up, and as a special thanks to our honourary red City fan, Redbus:

Manc Jokes

Two boys are playing football on a park in London. Suddenly a dog

appears and sinks its teeth into the younger boy's chest. The elder

picks up stick and drives it through the dog's heart, killing it.

A reporter observes all of this and asks the boy if he can write a

story on it. He takes out a notebook and puts down the title "ARSENAL

FAN SAVES FRIEND'S LIFE"

The boy says "I don't support Arsenal". so the reporter puts down

"CHELSEA FAN SAVES FRIEND'S LIFE"

The boy says "I don't support Chelsea",so the reporter asks "Who do you

support?", and the boy replies "Man U". So, the reporter writes down

"GLORY HUNTING IDIOT KILLS FAMILY PET"

Q...What is the difference between Alex Ferguson and a Jet engine?

A...A Jet engine eventually stops whining.

Q...Did you hear about the Conservative MP who was found dead in a Man

United strip?

A...The police had to dress him up in women's underwear in order to

save his family from the embarrassment.

Q...What's the difference between a vibrator and a man u fan?

A...A man u fan is a real dick.

Q... What is the difference between a Manchester United Fan and a

trampoline?

A... You take off your shoes to jump on a trampoline!

An anxious woman goes to her doctor. "Doctor," she asks nervously, "can

you get pregnant from anal intercourse?" "Certainly," replies the

doctor, "Where do you think those Man United fans come from?"

Ho ho the bitter blue bertie magoo returns. Having a go at Utd cos your team are bobbins, typical City me thinks. The 31 year bandwagon rolls on. As far as i can see Redrus hasn't really had a go Bred, has he. Just think people were calling for SP to be the next England manager :D

By the way what's all this about Manc jokes. Bredbury is near Stockport, isn't it. I was home in the summer and saw a big sigh on the motorway for Bredbury. :o So this more bitters come from Manchester <deleted> is exactly that, <deleted>, esp when your the one who seems to think this is true . I told you before concentrate on your show at the council house and us reds will concentrate on our team.

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Ho ho the bitter blue bertie magoo returns. Having a go at Utd cos your team are bobbins, typical City me thinks. The 31 year bandwagon rolls on. As far as i can see Redrus hasn't really had a go Bred, has he. Just think people were calling for SP to be the next England manager :D

By the way what's all this about Manc jokes. Bredbury is near Stockport, isn't it. I was home in the summer and saw a big sigh on the motorway for Bredbury. :o So this more bitters come from Manchester <deleted> is exactly that, <deleted>, esp when your the one who seems to think this is true . I told you before concentrate on your show at the council house and us reds will concentrate on our team.

Bruddy h3ll jjp, lighten up, it's a joke. You are more than welcome to take the p1ss out of City if you like. We will take it on the chin and with the humour in which it was meant :D

And don't start all that Bredbury is near Stockport stuff again, BredBlue explained all that away ages ago. Or have you conveniently forgot that. :D

As for Redrus, he's a good lad and we're gonna make him an Honoury Member of our club. Nobody that nice could really be a Utd supporter :D:D

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As for Redrus, he's a good lad and we're gonna make him an Honoury Member of our club. Nobody that nice could really be a Utd supporter :o:D

Cheers jjp. :D

I can change................ :D:D:D:D

redrus

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Bruddy h3ll jjp, lighten up, it's a joke. Y

just like Man sh~ty the team that hasnt won anything of note in HOW LONG !! :o

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Bruddy h3ll jjp, lighten up, it's a joke. You are more than welcome to take the p1ss out of City if you like. We will take it on the chin and with the humour in which it was meant :D

And don't start all that Bredbury is near Stockport stuff again, BredBlue explained all that away ages ago. Or have you conveniently forgot that. :o

As for Redrus, he's a good lad and we're gonna make him an Honoury Member of our club. Nobody that nice could really be a Utd supporter :D:D

Point taken Mr Bo, I was on one yesterday.

Take the piss out of City i find that hard at times, honest :D cos taking the piss out of something that is not worth taking the piss out of is, well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! leave it up to you to figure that one out.

Anyhow i need to get off this City thread cos i might turn bitter and i wouldn't want to turn into Bredblue now would I :D

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just like Man sh~ty the team that hasnt won anything of note in HOW LONG !! :o

You know EXACTLY how long Jing Jo, you scum even have a sign up at Old Trafford, reminding everyone :D

Anyhow i need to get off this City thread cos i might turn bitter and i wouldn't want to turn into Bredblue now would I :D

You could never be as bitter as we are :D:D

But one day it will all end and we will smile again :D (before i die, i hope) :D

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just like Man sh~ty the team that hasnt won anything of note in HOW LONG !

You know EXACTLY how long Jing Jo, you scum even have a sign up at Old Trafford, reminding everyone

Anyhow i need to get off this City thread cos i might turn bitter and i wouldn't want to turn into Bredblue now would I

You could never be as bitter as we are

But one day it will all end and we will smile again (before i die, i hope)

yo mr b

we too have had some dire cup results

anyway your success rate in the fa cup is nearly as good as ours yours 50% ours 60 %

so MCFC are not as far behind as the loyal MCFC fans make out

but you just love being the underdog,but thats the british way "nesc pas" as arseh#le W#nker puts it

MUFC have even been accused of not counting the F.A. cup as a real cup one year

the F.A. cup should be renamed the funny auld cup due to the results that occur from time to time

and the reason for the scottish version of old is that scottish teams have played in english competitions and english in scottish but thats way back in the past

plus it's the right initial and sounds better :D

when Man Utd went down in the seventies MCFC were far more entertaining to watch :D

you even managed to get a few of our best players in the past dennis law to name one

I dont think Man utd will win another trophy till they get rid of fergie

but i may be wrong

yes you heard right a Man Utd fan who wants fergie to go

makes me very very unpopular :D:D

with the other 1000's of red devils supporters here in Surrey :o

cheers Mr B

Jing-Jo

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yes you heard right a Man Utd fan who wants fergie to go

makes me very very unpopular :D:D

with the other 1000's of red devils supporters here in Surrey :o

cheers Mr B

Jing-Jo

:D Nice one Jing Jo. But don't worry, you are not alone, as a red who wants Fergie out. Living in Manchester, i don't get to see too many United fans ( :D a joke Redrus, Nev and jjp) but there are many who feel the same way. :D

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