City narrowly beat Blackpool.

January 1, 2011 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Adam Johnson, All Posts, Blog 

3 points is just that, City and Blackpool played and end to end game today and although City won I had a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach in the last 15 minutes of so Blackpool were going to pull of a draw or worse. Adam Johnson got the only goal of the game in the 34th minute. Tevez had an off day with his first City penalty miss followed by  two or 3 easy enough sitters by his own standards, everyone can have an off day today it was just his turn. Things really stated to turn hairy when Holloway took Sylvestre off and put on his 18 year old summer signing Matt Phillips who had an impact straight away. The game finished out with Blackpool throwing everything at City. City dug deep to keep the seasiders at bay although at times the defence looked more than a bit shakey. End of the match 3 points in the bag and thats what matters. Ian Holloway in fairness said he had No complaints and Blackpool had giving a good account of themselves against a top team which to Blackpools credit they did just that I can see them easily staying up when they play like that. The heart they showed was impressive.

On the down side David Silva went off with a knee injury add that to the injury of Balotelli, it is not great as next up is Arsenal, after the home game at Eastlands and how the table now lies that game is a must win to keep the dream alive.

Johnson the real story.

November 20, 2010 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Adam Johnson, Blog, News 

Last week City fans again suffered humiliation at the hands of the British press. This time City were ridiculed over comments made by a frustrated Adam Johnson who as a talent has came into the City side and really opened peoples eyes to show how good he is. Adam is now one of the most highly rated wingers in the Premiership with clubs wishing they had snapped him up before City. Adam is on form since joining last January and has proved easily he is worth an England call up, He was unlucky not to get on the team for the World Cup.

Adam last week  in frustration, that he would consider a move away from City if his situation did not improve. The situation he was referring to was not playing in every game.

It is understandable when a young player is on form and has a love for the game he will want to play in every game, Mancini being the manager may have a different out look on it as from the start of the season has clearly said a rotation policy would be in affect.

Adam this week having read his own words has realised just how far the negative City press would go with a moment of frustration and a slip up in an interview. As City again were belittled in the rags that pass for so called news reporting and journalism in Britain.

Adam has come out to put the record straight on what he said and fair dues to him as Mario Balotelli has not cleared up any off what hes supposedly saying to any reporter that will listen to him which in his case is a lot.

Adam had this to say on it,  He told the club’s official website,

“I said something in a moment of frustration and things can get blown out of proportion.

“I am happy here. I love playing football more than anything, and I’d love to play in every game.”

Recalling the speculation about his future, Johnson admitted his immediate thoughts were for the fans.

He explained: “The first thing I thought, when you read something like that, is the fans will think I want to get away.

“That hurt, because I care more about what the fans think than what anybody else thinks.

“I think the fans understand that I just want to play.

“When I play I try to give 100 per cent every time, and I think that comes across in the way that I play.”

I can totally understand were Adam is coming from if you are on top of your game and not getting played because of a rotation policy it must be really hard however with a large squad full of talent a sensible rotation policy should work we will find out over the next few games.

On a final note about this I didn’t see Adams interview and comments that he would be a “fool to quit City” and how happy he is at the club as widely reported as the one in the Rag the Scum Sun last week does make you wonder how much lower can so called journalism can go.

Ill be posting about Mario Balotelli and the press next, but I first will have to go and check out a few facts and find out what he has been saying in Italian.

City Struggles

February 15, 2010 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Adam Johnson, Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy 

Saturday’s uneven and un-inspirational FA Cup performance versus Stoke  confirms many of the fears supporters had about playing without either Carlos Tevez or Craig Bellamy. Both will be unavailable for tomorrow’s league clash with the same Potters, but cup tied Adam Johnson will be available.

Without Johnson in the lineup, City struggled for attacking link up play behind the strikers, and Stephan Ireland’s run of poor form continued despite his mouthing off about Mark Hughes during the week.

City’s recent FA Cup History has seldom if ever seen such a poor later round performance at Eastlands. While disastrous cup ties have taken place in the early rounds of both the FA and League Cups (most recently City’s embarrassing performance under Hughes versus Nottingham Forest last year), most poor Cup efforts such as the 2007 Quarterfinal rout at the hands of Blackburn have come away from home.

Roberto Mancini is now learning first hand about the grind of English football and fixture congestion. Often times his Inter Milan teams began to fade down the stretch of the Serie A campaign, sometimes allowing its title rivals to sense a collapse. While Mancini’s 2007 and 2008 Inter teams did win the Serie A title, their were wobbly stretches of football in February and March.

City’s FA Cup and Champions League qualification ambitions demand that these wobbles be minimized.

Hull Thoughts

February 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Adam Johnson, Match Summaries 

One of the worst first halves since the Stuart Pearce era for City gave way to an equally frustrating second half even if the level of  football was more acceptable. Wayne Bridge who has had to deal with so much this week was the lone bright spot among players who featured in the City starting XI.

Rather than emphasize the negative, which could take all morning to outline, let’s focus on the two new Manchester City players that made their debuts in this match.

Adam Johnson played a vital role coming in for the ineffective Stephen Ireland after Hull’s second goal. Johnson played in a floating role behind the two strikers, Tevez and Adebayor and provided a definite spark . Johnson seemed more effective when pushed towards the right hand flank. Johnson played some nice balls into the box and was able to take on defenders.

Patrick Vieira added a degree of calm into the City midfield which has been disjointed in the past several games. The on field leadership and experience Vieira provides is missing from a group of City players, that while accomplished do not have significant experience winning major honors, and leading title winning teams.

Saturday’s performance was the worst of the season for the Blues. But perhaps we saw a glimmer of hope going forward from the two newest additions to the squad.

Transfer Window Thoughts

February 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Adam Johnson, Benjani, Roberto Mancini, Robinho 

The decision to loan Benjani to Sunderland will no doubt provide a bit of a shock to the supporters base that has been concerned about a lack of scoring punch beyond Carlos Tevez recently. Benjani scored the only goal in City’s 1-0 victory over Boro in the FA Cup Third Round, and has a reputation for lively play inside the opposition 18”.

Combined with the loan deal that sent Robinho to Santos, City enters the final portion of Premier League matches and the fifth round of the FA Cup with substantially less going forward. The signing of Adam Johnson from Boro will certainly help in the league, he is FA Cup tied, and will play no further role in that competition.

While the collapse of the Gago deal may actually provide a blessing in disguise for City, the failure to secure McDonald Mariga thanks to the UK Home Office is a devastating blow for the club. Additionally, the failure to sign Victor Moses, a young striker with tremendous future upside was disappointing.

When Patrick Vieria returns from injury, this transfer window will truly be judged. If the former Arsenal great provides the leadership and midfield cover necessary, Mancini’s cautious movement can be applauded for not unsettling the team too greatly. However, if Moses provides a spark for local rival, Wigan and Benjani helps revitalize Sunderland’s season, question will no doubt be asked of the manager.