v Spurs 0-0 Sept 28th
must admit I cannot ever remember seeing a goalless draw between these two teams.
That it ended goalless is due to some wonderful goalkeeping by Kasey Keller and
poor finishing as City played well and made many chances but alas failed to put
any away. City welcomed back Tarnat to left back and Wanchope to the forward line.
Bosvelt was preferred to Barton.
City have played a lot worse and won so it
was a little disappointing to find Keller in such good form. It could have been
4 or 5 nil on the play. Wright-Phillips worked his socks off as did McManaman.
The pairing of Wanchope and Annelka now shows more understanding . Shame about
City defence stood firm at this corner.
of the many chances that came City's way. An Annelka shot just going wide.
for the record - Seaman actually catching the ball! Sorry it was for the doubters!
saves from Wanchope
Spurs defence again in a pickle - but City failed to take advantage.
best save to date from a free kick by Darren Anderton.
a change the City defence in action. Sommeil and Distin did well against Keane
in action yet again punching clear from Wanchope.
wonder save by Keller from McManaman.
City attack ended with Carr saving on the line
versus Keller again with the Spurs keeper the winner.
again foils Annelka to give Spurs a valuable point.
7: Sun 6, Sommeil 7, Distin 7, Tarnat 6: Wright-Phillips 7, McManaman 7 (Reyna
6), Boswelt 6, Sinclair 6 ( Sibierski 6): Wanchope 6 (Fowler 5), Annelka 7:
v Bolton 6-2 Oct 18th
game had everything - Goals - near misses- controversy - and a sending off . After
the midweek win at Lokeren to give City a tie against a Polish side in the next
round of the EUFA Cup I had expected a unchanged side. However Fowler returned
for Wanchope and Barton came in for Sinclair. No place on the bench for Bosvelt
, Sinclair and Berkovic. It would be a shame if Berkovic doesn't get another chance
to show us what he is capable of.
25 minutes Bolton took the lead through Nolan who looked suspiciously offside
when he beat Seaman from close range -above. A long ball from N'Gotty found
Stellios G and Nolan well clear of the City defence. No flag! Sommeil came rushing
back and his toe poke put Nolan back onside. But was the original pass offside?
by this reverse City immediately went on the attack and equalised a minute or
so later. Barton found Wright-Phillips who scored from a narrow angle with a great
first touch and shot from the edge of the six yard box.
in his enthusiasm whipped off his shirt and ran infront of the visiting fans.
He was booked by Steve Bennett - I believe for ' over zealous celebrating ' rather
than taking off his shirt which I understand has been taken off the 'yellow card
after half time City took the lead.
Distin took the ball forward out of defence - slung a pass to Annelka who beat
an opponent and returned the ball to the City skipper who had continued his run
. Distin had caught the Bolton defence napping and scored easily to give City
the lead. It was Distins first goal for City.
few minutes later City went 3-1 up. Reyna gave a great pass inside the full back
to Wright-Phillips who beat the Bolton keeper from inside the area.
sooner had Sibierski taken over from McManaman than City scored number 4. We had
hardly sat down after celebrating the third when Sibierski sent Annelka through
and his shot beat Jaaskalainen at the near post . A costly mistake by the Bolton
suffered a big blow after 62 minutes when Shawn Wright-Phillips was sent off for
an over enthusiastic challenge on Simon Chandler with his studs showing. He will
be sorely missed when his 3 match suspension comes.
6: Sun 7, Sommeil 6, Distin 7, Tarnat 6: Wright-Phillips 7, Barton 6 (Dunne 6),
McManaman 6(Sibierski 7) Reyna 7: Fowler 5 (Tiatto 6), Annelka 8:
minutes later and Bolton pulled one back after Barton had lost the ball at the
edge of the area. Campo who had missed an easy heading opportunity in the first
half made amends by taking a back heel from Jardel and shooting past David Seaman.
4-2 to City.
to ten men Danny Tiatto came on for Robbie Fowler but if you thought City would
just hold onto their lead you would be so wrong. At times it looked as though
Bolton had only 9 as City attacked the distraught Bolton defence. After 72 minutes
Annelka scored a brilliant goal. Tarnat started the move with an excellent interception
and moments later Sibierski gave Annelka a 'Berkovic style' pass past the defender
to allow Annelka to run onto the ball and slide it past Jaaskelainen for number
sixth goal was the culmination of a glorious move - started by Jihai Sun. He gave
the ball to Reyna who passed to Annelka who held it for a moment and passed it
back to the continuing running Reyna. He crossed it to Sibierski who whipped it
across the six yard line and there was Reyna to score his first goal for City.
6-2 what a score line. I doubt whether anybody would have forecast such a result.
Against Spurs City had many chances but failed to find the net. Today they scored
from almost every chance! Funny game football!
It was the biggest attendance
of the season and how the fans loved it- well the City ones anyway! City played
with spirit and skill and if the result flattered them a bit it made up for the