Thursday, 26 February 2009

Man City 2-1 FC Copenhagen ( Bellamy 73', 80', Vingaard 90')

City go through to the last 16 of the Uefa cup after beating Copenhagen 2-1 at Eastlands, and I am absolutely delighted.

We started off slow tonight against a Copenhagen team that tried to take control of the game in the early stages, City stayed composed and stopped Copenhagen from ever being a threat when they were in possession.

City started the second half with more confidence in their play, but it was from about 60 minutes onwards we really started putting lots of attacking pressure on Copenhagen. The away team could just not cope with Bellamy and Robinho, ultimately they were punished by two goals from the Welshman.

Brief look at key performances:
Zabaleta - tonight in the second half of the game I thought the more Zabaleta came into the game the better City looked, he is slowly becoming a genuine driving force within our team.

Robinho - was excellent and looked back to his best, causing problems all the way through the game for the Copenhagen defence.

Bellamy - proving to be a brilliant signing, worked hard running the line tonight and would not let Copenhagen's defence rest.

Onuoha - Nedum has been brilliant since he got into the team, he goes about his job so neatly and quietly I don't feel he gets enough plaudits. He is a real calming influence in the defence and is looking better with each game.

Unfortunately there was a player I thought could have been better tonight and that is Wayne Bridge. Since Bridge came to City he hasn't impressed me, but I thought he deserved time to settle before I read to much into his poor performances. I think he has had enough time now and he isn't playing any better, tonight his general play was poor, he got caught wrong side of the attacker to much and his ball distribution was terrible. He did get better as the game progressed just like he did against Liverpool, but his overall performance was poor. I do have faith in Bridge's ability, I just wish he would start displaying his ability sooner rather than later so the team can benefit.

Next up for City in the Uefa Cup Aalborg.


  1. Well summed up but i think Bridgey had his best in a city shirt today!

  2. Well he was poor tonight, if you thought it was his best game in a City shirt fair play, but perhaps that just shows how bad he has been playing?

  3. agree Gary, he has been poor so far. I had high hopes for him going forward, but he isnt producing the good and he is the weak link at the back.

  4. As regards Bridge, don't you think he is suffering from a lack of support from the rest of the left side? Certainly so in comparison with the right hand side with Richards and Wright-Phillips.

    I think with Petrov on the left hand side you will see a far better Wayne Bridge.