Citizens march on


Aug 12, 2007
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Having read some stories regarding other people's games I've decided to write my own. I am in my second season with Man City and have played 5 Premiership games and one League Cup game (won 2-1 away to Watford).

My first five Premiership results are:
Man City 0-0 Aston Villa
Liverpool 1-0 Man City
Man City 1-0 Fulham
Portsmouth 0-3 Man City
Charlton 0-1 Man City

Summer Transfer Activity:

Kim Kallstrom - £6.5M, signed towards the end of the 2006/07 season as I had already agreed to sell Joey Barton for £5.25M to Middlesbrough. Has a great range of passing and shooting.

Thomas Hitzlsperger - Free, signed to bolster my midfield options which were thin last season.

Sherman Cardenas - £775K, again signed to bolster my midfield options and is one for the future too.

Fernando Meira - £6M, top centrehalf brought in to stop goals leaking in as they did last season and to help Micah Richards development.

Emiliano Vecchio - £375K, one for the future.

Anthonoy Stokes - Free, could become a real fox in the box if nurtured correctly. Again one for the future.

Nicky Shorey - £2.5M, back-up to Royston Drenthe and can even play on left side of midfield.

Fernando Gago - £5.5M, good anchorman who is getting better and better. WIill be challenging Mascherano for a place in Argentina line-up for years to come.

Gonzalo Higuain - £7.75, has an eye for goal and even creates numerous opportunities for his team-mates too and he's only 19.

Jacques Faty - £1M, centre-back signed as back up to Micah Richards and Fernando Meira.

Lukasz Fabianski - £1.4, back-up to first-choice 'keeper Isaksson and good shot stopper.

Players transferring in January:

Alexandre - £2.6M, he's got an eye for goal and is destined for great things.

Maximiliano Moralez - £1M, again one for the future. Has a good all round game and get goals too.
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Incisive City break Trotters resistance
Man City 2-0 Bolton

Afellay 79;Higuain 84

Manchester City scored two late goals as their dominance produced rich dividends in this home encounter against fierce rivals Bolton Wanderers. Man City's fans could have been excused for thinking a 7th minute injury to Fernando Gago, the man who had broken up opposition attacks so well for City this season, would disrupt the team's rhythm. Yet Richards was moved to the midfield holding role with Jacques Faty coming on at centreback and City quickly began to pass the ball around with zip with Aissati and Kallstrom in creative moods. Jaaskelainen produced two world class saves, first to deny Dean Ashton's header which had previously been heading for the top corner and then Higuain in an identical situation. The second half was a drab affair until the 79th minute. Afellay, a 65th minute substitute, meeting Royston Drenthe's left wing cross with a diving header which flew into the top corner. Five minutes later and Jacques Faty's shot from the edge of the box took a deflection and the ball looped over Jaaskelainen's head and found Higuain whose shot found the back of the empty Bolton net. The only negative from the game was that Ismael Aissati was ruled out for a period of 3 weeks to a month while Fernando Gago will be fit for City's next game against Arsenal on the 20th October.
Kießling strike brings City run to an end
Arsenal 1-0 Man City

Kießling 45

Stefan Kießling's goal on the stroke of half time was enough to see off an adventurous Man City side and end their five game unbeaten run in the league. Gallas' punt from the left found it's way to the feet of Kießling, who charged into the box and switched the ball to his right foot before slotting in from an acute angle. Higuain led the Citizens revival in the second half, firing two long range efforts just over and missing a gilt edge oppotunity to level after an hour when he was found with space in the box, only to blaze over. Henry almost added a second but his freekick was palmed away by the impressive Isaksson before Castillo, a late substitute, had his point blank snap shot deflected over the bar by Flamini in injury time following a quick break from the City penalty area
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Blades blunted by ruthless City
Sheffield United 0-2 Man City

Higuain 29;Cardenas 66
League Cup 3rd Round

Man City dominated at Bramall Lane against a lacklustre Sheffield United side who could only muster two shots on target all game. Man City only threatened sporadically before Gonzalo Higuain received the ball with his back to goal before turning Phil Jagielka and continuing on into the box before lashing in a left footed strike into the bottom corner in the 29th minute. Man City continued to threaten and Kim Kallstrom stung the palms of Paddy Kenny with a swerving freekick shortly after half time, while Higuain headed over when well placed. Manager Karim El-Borhami made a triple subsitution on 65 minutes and one of those substitubes, Sherman Cardenas (on for Kallstrom) killed the game off with his first touch, curling a sublime freekick into the top left hand corner. Sheffield United pressed forward in the dying stages and they came close to a more respectable scoreline in the 5th minute of injury time when Danny Webber's shot from an acute angle was only parried into the path of Petr Ruman who blazed over from 10 yards with the goal gaping.
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Why the f*@! are you posting at four in the morning?!

Keep it up though. The story I mean, not 4am posts
What's wrong with posting at that time? Some of us have no school or work to go to. :)
Man City defeat Hammers
Man City 2-1 West Ham

Higuain 5,18;Arca (pen.10)

Man City got a well deserved victory against a West Ham side who barely threatened all game. Kallstrom had already seen a shot of his fly over before Drenthe's left wing cross was headed in emphatically by the in-form Higuain in the 5th minute. Five minutes later though, after nice work from Marlon Harewood, Zamora's surging run into the box was brought to an abrupt halt by Nedum Onuoha. The referee awarded a penalty and showed Onuoha a yellow card. Arca stepped up to send Isaksson the wrong way and placed the penalty in the bottom right corner. Man City then pushed for another goal and got it when Ashton's 25-yard strike on the turn was beaten out as far as Higuain who tapped it in for 2-1. As Man City got more and more into their rhythm, Hitzlsperger contrived to blaze over from 8 yards. As the second half wore on, it was Man City who were in the ascendancy and Higuain had a snapshot well saved while Gago's long range effort, with Robert Green a few yards off his line, skimmed the top of the bar. Afellay could have made it 3-1 but headed over from 10 yards.
Lillywhites stubborn defence finally breached
Preston 0-1 Man City

Castillo 72

Man City finally broke the deadlock after stubborn defending from Preston had held them at bay for most of the afternoon. It could have been a different story though as Danny Pugh's inswinging freekick from the right wing found Ormerod whose header was only parried to the feet of Croft who blazed wide with the goal gaping. Man City started to reassert their dominance when an excellent deep cross from Afellay forced Youl Mawene to try and head it behind, only to bring out the best of Filan's reactions. In the 40th minute another excellent Afellay delivery found Higuain who headed over from four yards. Aissati made his return from injury, coming on at half time and immediately won a string of freekicks and corners. Kim Kallstrom's freekick from 35 yards after an hour was brilliantly tipped round the right hand post by Filan. Midway through the second half and Ashton collected Cardenas' low right wing cross and swivelled only to find Filan to be his equal. 18 minutes from time, Man City broke following Richards' interception of a wayward Croft cross and his ball forwards found Aissati who flicked it on to Ashton, who won the aerial battle with Mawene and headed it on for Castillo, a 60th minute substitute for Higuain, to run clean through and hit a left-footed strike in off the far post.
Higuain on fire as City demolish Portsmouth
Portsmouth 0-3 Man City

Higuain 8,18,22
League Cup 4th Round
Man City's lightning start to the match, yielding a 14-minute hattrick for Gonzalo Higuain, was enough to see off the challenge of a Portsmouth side who proved to be Man City's equals for the majority of the remainder of the game. Higuain opened the scoring in the 8th minute after playing Castillo in behind the right back whose cross found Higuain who managed to apply the slightest of touchest to roll the ball over the line at the near post. The lead was double ten minutes later when Afellay played a one-two with Gago down the right before putting a low cross to the near post which Higuain duly finished and Higuain got his hattrick four minutes later when Onuoha's clearance found Higuain on the right wing who cut inside before crossing into the 6-yard box for Castillo whose point blank header was saved by Kirkland but Higuain followed it up to ensure he would be walking away with the bottle of champagne after the game. Soon after, Portsmouth started to threaten with Manuel Fernandes skimming the bar from 25 yards and Jenas sending a long range freekick whistling just over. Midway through the second half and Castillo headed well wide when found by Aissati, a half time substitute, before LuaLua blazed over when he was found well positioned in the box by former City striker Darius Vassell.
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Ouch poor Fulham. Looks like they have defenders playing upfront with a nice record of 3 goals in 8 games.