Manchester City = Jekyll and Hyde!

How can it be possible for a team to have such varying degrees of form at home and on the road? It’s just not what you expect from a Premiership club. Consistently good at home and consistently poor away isn’t quite what i’m looking for in City, with stars like Robinho, Ireland ever-present. This season we still have to travel to Everton, United and Tottenham and to be frank I can’t see the number of our away wins leaping above the one we have already, especially seeing that the three teams mentioned above have beaten us in the reverse fixtures this season. All this is shameful, I know?

Stephen Ireland Picture

Even Superman cannot cure this disease which affects our play away from home.

My question is…with the talented players at our disposal (Ireland, Zabaleta, Kompany, Given, Bridge), how can we wipe away Arsenal and Stoke at home by scoring three, but fail to bother their respective keepers away from home. More to the point when Stoke had been a man down for about an hour, we were still unable to capitalise? It just doesn’t make sense and neither Sven nor Sparky have found a cure. (this point is factually wrong I know but it is intended as a reality check, because away at Arsenal, Almunia saved a deflected shot from Richards, whilst Thomas Sorensen stopped from Robinho, albeit tamely, away at Stoke)

This picture sums it up >>> One of our best players being hounded down by 2 Liverpool players at Anfield.

The longer we go without another win away from home, the harder it will become. We’ve already reached the stage where everyone (mainly reporters on MOTD) are saying: “Well, you know what they’re like away from home…” Tell me, how can this be a positive influence?

Well, judging by this picture, we were doomed from the onset with him upfront against Terry?

We’ve hit the point where we have the mental attitude where we think we’re going to lose, and this is understandable as we have only beaten 1 side away from home…Sunderland. One win away from home is appalling and I’m not going to condone that, especially as we are a club chasing a Europa League spot. To go into a game thinking everything is going to go wrong, is what City feel and it certainly doesn’t inspire anyone to ‘play’ and knock it around like we can at home. Suddenly, choices are made that wouldn’t normally be made - strange passes (half of which don’t reach our man), no-one willing to have a go and shoot (Caicedo) and stupid goals are always being given away (Dunne, Richards and Ben Haim when he played). Something needs to be done…and quickly so we can pick up points and push for the seventh spot.

In a blue shirt, he’s really not that bad, perhaps it’s the change in boots? Infact no…I’m just sticking up for him too much!

It’s our home form which has actually kept us in the best league in the world. Had we not beaten Stoke or Arsenal at home, we would be right down in the mix of things with the likes of Boro and Newcastle. So imagine where would could have been in the league had we got more than eight points on the road. We’ve got 30 points from our home games and a measly eight away. But what’s the big difference - the game’s still 90 minutes in length, surely the fact we have had to travel shouldn’t make an excuse?

Here’s the problem…no, not Robinho…just the fact he is taking it down with his hand!

Home and away fans do have some influence, I’m sure, but we have some of the best away support in the league so that must count for something? One of the ways that has been suggested by several people as a way to cure our travel sickness is to drop Robinho. I can see their argument, since he’s not done a great deal away from Eastlands, but he’s one of the best players in the world. The fact is (as my friend Alex Platts and many others without a doubt agrees), he can be missing for 80 minutes, then pop up with a moment of brilliance (May I remind you of the Blackburn game, 2-0 down and he almost single-handidly rescues us a point). Also, again, he’s also capable of doing some grafting - I know he is, I’ve seen him do it, at Blackburn for example and the Emirates not too long ago.

Therefore how can we get him to play as well as he does at home?. I think, he just needs some more goals, and whether it will be him ploughing in a 40 yarder (Ronaldo esque), a stunning solo run where he beats seven or eight players (similar to one he scored against Stoke), or deflecting one in with his arse on the line (Caicedo esque!). He only just scored for us for the first time in 2009 against WBA (and may I add, what a gem it was), so that needs to change for his confidence to pick up.

This is what usually happens…

There’s no reason for us to play differently away than we do at home. Perhaps a bit of luck might be just what we need? If we can get three points from somewhere (hopefully against the scum bags), then maybe we can start reproducing the home form on the road? Let’s hope so, the fans can do nothing more that’s for sure. We motivate them as much as we possibly can and hopefully we will see more displays like the one against Hamburg. If so, we are in for a real treat. Watch out all those teams above us, we’re after you!

Even he can score at home, that got us 3 points!

21 Responses to “Manchester City = Jekyll and Hyde!”

  1. James, Manchester Says:

    Question is easy to answer, we are not a strong team and our position is between 10/12th place.

    We have not really got top world-class players and we have not got a great manager.

    At the end of the season every club is in it´s real position, that´s all. If any crazy fan can see other things he is really a crazy fan, but not me!

  2. Tommy B, Manchester Says:

    Absolutely agree with James,

    Hughes has been saying all the season we are stronger than we really are.

    He is crap, which manager from January to here has spend more than £100 M to fight dreaming for 7th? NO ONE. Problem is that some fans still believe in him. I hope that the owners think not.

  3. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    James >>> many thanks for that comment, however I do disagree slightly.

    I firmly believe we have the foundation of a good side, which will be added to in the summer. The likes of Robinho, Zabaleta, Ireland, Kompany and de Jong are all top-class international players so I can’t see how you don’t think we have a strong side?
    With regards to the manager, he needs at least another season to see what he can really do, everything has seemed a little bit rushed this season, but lets go onwards and upwards next season.

    I don’t understand the last bit about a crazy fan, can you explain that please?

    Tommy >>> many thanks also, but again I have to disagree and I do not believe we have spent 100m from Jan this season? I do say give him another season, who can replace him that is available? Curbishley…no thanks?

  4. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    p.s ”James, Manchester” and ”Tommy B, Manchester” I have realised you are the same person.

    The fact that you didn’t change your email address was a give away. Nice to see you have to make someone up to agree with your point!

    Let’s see what everyone else has to say when the comment, yes?

  5. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Nice idea for an article,

    Few points to pick up on, but these are all intended to improve your writing in the future >>>

    Personally, and this just may be me, but I don;t think you should have so much writing in italics. For me, your first paragraph is hard to read, and although italics are fine for captions on pictures, they should ideally be kept to a minimum.

    This confuses me slightly. “with stars like Robinho, Ireland, Evans and Dunne ever-present”. I can see what you;re trying to do, but by naming two starts, then one player who is not a star but you like, then naming one player who is not a star, it’s all quite confusing. Those who don’t know how much you love Ched will feel even more puzzled than me.

    “what i’m looking for in City,” - Typo

    “how can we wipe away Arsenal and Stoke at home by scoring three, but fail to bother there respective keepers away from home.” - Apart from the incorrect spelling of ‘there’, this point is factually wrong, because away at Arsenal, Almunia saved a shot from Richards, whilst Thomas Sorensen stooped from Robinho, albeit tamely, away at Stoke.

    “neither Sven or Sparky have found” - Should be neither Sven NOR Sparky

    “One win away from home is appauling and I’m not going to condone that, especially as we are a club chasing a Europa Cup spot. To go into a game thinking everything is going to go wrong, is what City feel and it certainly doesn’t inspire anyone to ‘play’ and knock it around like we can at home.” - You have spelt ‘appauling’ wrong, you have mixed up the Europa League with the UEFA Cup, and you have put a comma after ‘wrong’ when it is not needed.

    “In a blue shirt, he’s really not that bad, perhaps it’s the change in boots? Or am I just backing up for him too much?” - Yes, you are backing him too much.

    “Had we not beaten Stoke or Arsenal at home, we would be right down in the mix of things with the likes of Boro and Newcastle.” - You mention the victories against Stoke and Arsenal, but these results carry the same amount of points victories against West Ham, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Hull, Wigan, Newcastle, Middlesborough, Aston Villa and West Brom. Surely, if we had not have won all these games, we would have been in a far worse position than we are now.

    “The fact is (as my friend Alex Platts without a doubt agrees), he can be missing for 80 minutes, then pop up with a moment of brilliance (May i remind you of the Blackburn game, 2-0 down and he almost single-handidly rescues us a point).” - Should not mention God by name. It’s not just God, it’s everybody who agrees with this thought. He can be rubbish, and then suddenly he will be good. Then, you mis-spell ‘i’ before making a false allegation about the draw at Blackburn. You say how Robinho single-handidly (which may be spely wrong) gained us a point, when in fact t was Sturridge who scored to make it 2 - 1 before it was Sturridge’s sumptuous pass which found Robinho to make it 2 -2.

    “, again, he’s also capable of doing some grafting - I know he is, I’ve seen him do it, at Boro for example ” - At ‘Boro (which should have an apostrophe before the B), we lost 2 - 0 and Robinho was awful???

    “I think, he just needs some more goals, and whether it will be him ploughing in a 40 yarder (Ronaldo esc), a stunning solo run where he beats seven or eight players (similar to one he scored against Stoke), or deflecting one in with his arse on the line (Caicedo esc!).” - ‘Esc’ is actually spelt ‘esque’.

    “If we can get three points from somewhere (hopefull the scum bags), then maybe we can start reproducing the home form on the road? Let’s hope so, us fans can do nothing more that’s for sure. We motivate them as much as hopefully we will see more displays like the one against Hamburg.” - Typo on ‘hopefull’, then you say ‘us fans’ - You’re not a chav, use proper English!. Then you may have missed out a couple of words as the last sentance doesn’t make sense.

    Anyway, good stuff.

  6. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Steven, many thanks for your praise and this time it was nice to see constructive criticism! I thought the article summed up our season really?

    ”Personally, and this just may be me, but I don;t think you should have so much writing in italics. For me, your first paragraph is hard to read, and although italics are fine for captions on pictures, they should ideally be kept to a minimum.”

    - Not a problem, I shall change once I have posted this comment. I just thought it was the introduction.

    ”This confuses me slightly. “with stars like Robinho, Ireland, Evans and Dunne ever-present”. I can see what you;re trying to do, but by naming two stars, then one player who is not a star but you like, then naming one player who is not a star, it’s all quite confusing. Those who don’t know how much you love Ched will feel even more puzzled than me.”

    - Steven, this was actually intended to be a joke, but obviously didn’t rub off on you! Sorry, will change it!

    ”“how can we wipe away Arsenal and Stoke at home by scoring three, but fail to bother there respective keepers away from home.” - Apart from the incorrect spelling of ‘there’, this point is factually wrong, because away at Arsenal, Almunia saved a shot from Richards, whilst Thomas Sorensen stopped from Robinho, albeit tamely, away at Stoke.”

    - Steven! Now you are being pedantic, and actually it was a deflected shot at the Emirates as I was there! You’re just picking little things now!

    “In a blue shirt, he’s really not that bad, perhaps it’s the change in boots? Or am I just backing up for him too much?” - Yes, you are backing him too much.

    - Fair doos, again just a slight hint at a joke!

    ”“Had we not beaten Stoke or Arsenal at home, we would be right down in the mix of things with the likes of Boro and Newcastle.” - You mention the victories against Stoke and Arsenal, but these results carry the same amount of points victories against West Ham, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Hull, Wigan, Newcastle, Middlesborough, Aston Villa and West Brom. Surely, if we had not have won all these games, we would have been in a far worse position than we are now.”

    - I thought this was a clever idea from me! I mentioned Stoke and Arsenal again as I had previously mentioned them both earlier on. By adding more teams, I thought my readers would get a tad confused. Don’t you agree?

    ”He can be rubbish, and then suddenly he will be good. Then, you mis-spell ‘i’ before making a false allegation about the draw at Blackburn. You say how Robinho single-handidly (which may be spely wrong) gained us a point, when in fact t was Sturridge who scored to make it 2 - 1 before it was Sturridge’s sumptuous pass which found Robinho to make it 2 -2.”

    - Had it not been for the equisite finish of Robbie we wouldn’t have picked up a draw, and he played a part in the first goal too, so I firmly believe all credit should go to him? Agreed?

    ”again, he’s also capable of doing some grafting - I know he is, I’ve seen him do it, at Boro for example ” - At ‘Boro (which should have an apostrophe before the B), we lost 2 - 0 and Robinho was awful???”

    - I have to disagree, Robbie did okay, much better than half the other players. he came out fighting in the second half and was let down by his team mates. Would you like me to refer to Blackburn again here?

    “If we can get three points from somewhere (hopefull the scum bags), then maybe we can start reproducing the home form on the road? Let’s hope so, us fans can do nothing more that’s for sure. We motivate them as much as hopefully we will see more displays like the one against Hamburg.” - Typo on ‘hopefull’, then you say ‘us fans’ - You’re not a chav, use proper English!. Then you may have missed out a couple of words as the last sentance doesn’t make sense.

    - Will change, I’m drunk still!(jokes)

    Anyway, good stuff.

    Thank youuuu!

  7. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    I still disagree about the credit for the Blackburn game.
    Keep it how you want, but I was just offering some thoughts ………

    And, I knew the Evans and Dunne thing was a joke, but I was thinking more about everyone else who reads the blog, who may not understand your obsession with Chedwyn.

  8. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Steven, think I have changed all the little bits?

    We will agree to disagree over the Blackburn game! Ahh well, I’m very pleased with this blog, one of my best, what do you think?

    p.s ALL OTHER READERS…I HAVE A BLOODY BIG OBSESSION WITH CHED EVANS, LOVELY GUY AND FANTASTIC FOOTBALLER (hence why I included him at the start!)

  9. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Well done, you certainly have a different writing style to me, as I prefer a more formal tone with elequent vocabulary, interspersed with moments of humour (basically, that sentence sums up my writing!)

    Whereas you seem to prefer a more informal, casual tone which invites opinions. Neither one is better than the other, they are both interesting in their own ways!

    How do you get bold writing to appear in your comments?

  10. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Many thanks, yes i prefer to be much more informal and make it as easy as possible for anyone to read which the need of a dictionary by your side Jokes. I try some sly dry humour but it obviously doesn’t work! Ahh well, I will have to put some in when I post my ‘Micah Richards Revelation’ article. Unfortunately though it is slightly out of date! I did it to post for when he scored but he has not been as good recently, so may have to edit it big time! Or just post it at the end of the season instead. (The latter option being favoured at the moment, in slight hope he will get better!)

    With regards to the ‘bold’ bits - it works when you edit the comments. I orginally forgot to put the last bit in so I clicked the edit button and it allowed me to highlight it and put it in bold or italics. Try it?

  11. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Personally, I would absolutely slate any Micah Richards article. He is a pile of Fernandes!!

  12. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    I shall do it at the end of the season.

    However much you want to disagree, I shall still be a fan and will expect you to comment on it appropriately and with respect! None of the dilly dally about the players you hate, focus on the way I write the article instead!

    Deal?

  13. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Or no deal?

    Pensaré.

  14. boringarticle Says:

    Opinion void if you think Evans is good as a footballer.

  15. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Your opinion is void if you don’t think Evans is a good player…

    So thank you and goodnight!

  16. I*T*P*L Says:

    Interesting Matt.

    To an extent you can say that almost every club scores considerably better at home than away. Of Stoke’s 39 points we have won 32 at home and just seven away, so really it’s even more pronounced for us than you.

    I agree that Robinho is the sort of player you could do without when grinding out a result away from home, but for me the problem is far greater than one player. I feel that it’s as much psycological as anything. We hadn’t won away all season until West Brom two weeks ago, and now we can go into the remaining away games with the belief that we can match the performance and result of that day. You could do with something like that just to get you going again.

    I also think your full-backs cost you at times on the road. You’ll agree I’m sure that Richards has had a poor season, and Bridge has to be the poorest defender in the air in the league, which is often exposed when you are attacked with a bimore intensity away from home.

    There’s probably a lot more to it than that though.

    As for getting it on the front page, I have no idea, I thought it just did it automatically, unless Steven’s done something clever to make it so his appear first every time, but I doubt that.

  17. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    VJ, many thanks for your comment;

    I do agree that the problem lies within the team as a whole, but Robinho is one individual who has been sited by many as one who does not put enough effort in away from home.

    I agree (like I say) that it is psycological and this has a big effect on the players heading into the game.

    With regards to our full backs - we have shuffled them around far too much due to injuries and new formations and I can’t see that helping the cause either to be honest. We are (like you say) often exposed, leaving Dunne and Onouha too much to do.

    Thanks!

    p.s i’m sure Steven is up to something

  18. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    No, I’m not.

  19. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Ahaha!

  20. MattJonesIsMyHero :-) Says:

    There is no jekeyll and hyde factor about city alone, it’s just that city’s swings in form are far greater than anyone else’s.
    Life is a rollercoaster for all city fans and we just have to learn to ride it, not just to be fair weather fans like many of the Japanese supporters of Trafford Town.

  21. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Love it Ricky

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