City’s traditional struggles against lower league sides made this an impressive and worthwhile victory. I was unable to watch the match until this morning, as the sale of the US second and third tier leagues by UMBRO to outside investors kept me busy during the match yesterday.
A few quick observations:
- Jolean Lescott played well and showed his quality on set pieces at both ends.
- The handing of the armband to Kolo Toure to me was a surprise. I expect Vincent Kompany however to assume the captaincy when he returns from injury.
- The City midfield was poor for much of the game.
- Nice goal for Carlos Tevez, but an overall uneven performance from him.
- Mark Hughes is taking every opportunity to gel the squad and thus many of the typical reserves you’d see trotted out in a League Cup match were left on the bench. However, if City progress much further in this competition, depth is going to be a factor and City have that even if they have been reluctanct to show such thus far.
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