Friday, 24 April 2015

Vs Aston Villa I Pre Match

With three points in the bag against West Ham last time out, we cut the gap to United to a single point. They play after we do this weekend and are away to Everton. Not a guaranteed win by any means so putting on some pressure with a win here is absolutely vital.

David Silva has trained all week and is fully fit to face Villa which is a huge plus considering the scenes at the Etihad last week. On the injury front, we are without Clichy, Kompany, Nasri and Jovetic. The squad welcomes the return of Milner and Bony however. It'll be interesting to see how this influences the formation Pellegrini decides to play.

This game will be nothing like the West Ham game. Villa are buoyed by their impressive cup run and are a very pacy side. They definitely have the players to hurt us so again, I'd avoid 4-4-2. I'd set us up similar to last time with 3 in the middle. It's by far our most effective shape, I just hope Bony being fit again doesn't push him into a 4-4-2. Do you agree with my judgement?

I'd like to see a team something like this one:

Hart

Zabaleta - Demichelis - Mangala - Kolarov

Fernando - Fernandinho

Milner - Yaya - Silva

Aguero

At the end of the day, if we turn up we should win. It's just a case of getting them to turn up.

A last note on the inclusion of Yaya. The man still has a lot to answer for this season, however, he is still an extremely talented player. I'd play him now, only if there are two others in the middle with him, not just one. Where do you stand on Yaya?

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Vs West Ham I 2-0 Win

Three points, a clean sheet, an Aguero goal. Happy days at the Etihad.

This performance was more than that though. We hassled and harried, we pressured the ball and forced West Ham into mistakes and it's something that has been missing from our game far too often. West Ham were relatively poor, but we didn't given them any time on the ball to do anything with. A little effort is all we ask as fans, show us that you care about the club, the fans. How did you perceive today's game? Was it West Ham's ineptitude, over our own work rate?

Sergio Aguero added another goal to his tally, taking his premier league total to 20. He's now clear at the top of the charts. It's still a complete mystery as to how he wasn't nominated for Player of the Year. The lethal little Argentine scored from a lightning counter attack started by Yaya (yes Yaya Toure) winning the ball back with a sliding interception in the middle of the park. We saw a return to old ways from honorary manc Pablo Zabaleta who was snapping into tackles all over the pitch and really getting into West Ham. Where has this effort been all year?

The only real blemish on today was the assault on David Silva by Kouyate. The Senegalese midfielder smashed his elbow, with full intent as the downward motion shows, into the side of our magician's head. The game was stopped for 8 and a half minutes and ultimately we saw Silva go off on a stretcher complete with a neck brace and oxygen. There are indications that he may have a broken cheekbone. Unbelievably, this utter thuggery was only punished with a yellow card. Hopefully our little Spaniard is okay and there is no real damage. Do you agree with my assessment that there was full intent there from Kouyate? 

This result puts us 7 points clear of Liverpool and thanks to Chelsea beating United yesterday, puts us just a single point behind them. We have to keep the effort we saw today going into our remaining fixtures. Second place in the table is still to play for and would restore a little pride into our season.