Saturday, August 22, 2009

Review: Man City 1 Wolves 0

A good start for Mark Huges and his expensively assembled team after many were expecting them to falter.

The surprise element is certainly the new found determination in the team to carve out wins and keep clean sheets. They defended well at Ewood last week and again in this game when Wolves were pressing hard for an equalizer towards the end.

Shay Given was again brilliant in goal. His save just before half time from Jarvis was particularly impressive and kept City's lead.

City tried hard to play free flowing football; although there are flashes of that, you can still see that the team needs more time to gel and understand each other. The win however is very encouraging for City. Adebayor again was impressive, scoring the winning goal and was full of running.

Huges chose to start with Tevez along Adebayor upfront. I would very much prefer that he stated with Bellamy as Bellamy's pace and enthusiasm are important traits and will serve the team well at the moment.

With Lescott expected to join the team before the window closes, the future is looking bright for City. A defensive partnership of Lescott and Toure will be pretty impressive. The team now has an impressive look to it with really impressive players throughout the team. Most will agree that players like Given, Toure, Barry, Robinho, Adebayor, Tevez will walk into most teams in the league.

I will like to see Huges play a 4-5-1 with Barry and De Jong or Kompany alongside with Robinho, Ireland and Bellamy supporting a lone front man. This formation will provide more steel for the team and will suit the current crop of players better in my opinion.

City next travel to Fratton Park to face Pompey and you will expect another 3 points there, considering how Pompey are struggling at the moment. They will then face Arsenal at the City of Manchester in what will be the 1st big test for the team this season. Neutrals and City fans will be eager to watch the game as that will show how much the team has improved from last season and whether the team can really challenge for a top 4 place this season.

City's opening day win at Ewood, with 2 great goals from Adebayor and Ireland

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