Saturday, 2 January 2010

Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Man City (Benjani 45') *Video*

Another win and clean sheet for City and Mancini sees us head into the next round of the FA Cup.

Benjani's strike just before half time was enough to see us through to the next round, Benjani's movement was good which helped Petrov to pick him out, Benjani then took one touch and slotted home. Goal below!

I have to say I was surprised with the starting eleven for us today, it was weaker than I was expecting. We went with Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boyata, Kompany, Sylvinho, Weiss , Garrido, De Jong, Petrov, Benjani. Tevez, Bellamy and Barry all found their way onto the field which I was also surprised about considering we play United in midweek, I think that Mancini was just trying to make sure that even one nil was going to be enough to see us win.

The first half was a little poor from both teams, a lot of our players didn't really seem to know what position they were playing in and in turn that meant we were all over the place. In the second half we were a lot more comfortable and took total control of the game, Boro huffed and puffed but ultimately never made Given make a save.

The main thing that I took from today's game was how stupid Vladimir Weiss made us all look, he was awful. We have all been shouting from the roof tops for him to get a chance and he let us down, he didn't get at people and take them on as we all have wanted. I am really disappointed with him as he did not take his chance at all.

All in all another win, another clean sheet and the next round of the FA Cup beckons.

Now bring on United!!!!!



  1. Give the kid(Weiss) a break!The game was too physical.But Boyata was awesome!!

  2. I am not prepared to sugar coat a bad performance by players unfortunately. Football and the Premier League is physical so if that is a problem he will not make it.

    I don't think the excuse it was physical is even a good one, I didn't see Boro being that physical at all. Maybe you are confusing my deserved criticism of him with getting on his back, I assure you that is not the case.

  3. Weiss was playing on the 'wrong' wing for much of the game - I, for one, am not going to write him off on the strength of one iffy performance.

  4. I am certainly not writing him off! But being on the wrong wing is not an excuse that I would use either, what ever part of the pitch your on does not mean that you forget how to pass, control, tackle, track back and attack.

    He was very poor considering the fact that we know how good he is, I had to pick up on it as I was bitterly dissapointed.