City v Boro

Pep Guardiola has just been named Manager of the Month, so that’s us out of all three competitions within a week! Let’s hope the great man restores Merlin to his rightful position, tomorrow. Despite a tough match over in the Principality in a few days, we must take the FA Cup seriously: so pick a strong side and take off the top stars if/when we go a couple of goals up. I can see a difficult game, but a 2-1 win – possibly after extra-time.

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47 thoughts on “City v Boro”

  1. Will it go to extra time, why no replay? This is our last chance to win something this year. Seeing the way Barcelona were given a way back by the referee with two penalties has convinced me that they or Real will be too strong for us in the CL. There is a strong possibility that United will win the EL. Have you seen the teams left in it? There’s even a likely hood that they may surprise everyone and beat Chelsea with one of those back to the wall, but get all the breaks performances that they seem to be able to do when necessary. They’ll then go on to meet Middlesbrough in the semi final and be odds on to get to another final where only Arsenal or Tottenham will stand in their way, two teams whom they have a habit of beating

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  2. All depends on whether the players are arsed about an FA Cup. We still have this horrible attitude at times when the players only play when they feel like it, that is making sure they put a top performance in. Other days we get the fcuk it performance we’ll save our energy for bigger games. This game is really tough to call as you can bet your bottom dollar that Boro will pull a performance out of thin air, something they’ve not managed all season. Zero complacency here or we’ll go out, simple as that. I hate predicting us to win as it always backfires, but I have to here. Boro 1 City 2.

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  3. I’d be pretty confident about this one, were it not for the CL game in midweek. Traditionally we’ve been poor the week-end before a European game. It’s obvious where the club’s hierarchy believes the priority to be and I suspect this permeates down to the players.

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  4. No replay,just extra time and pens. They don’t have a game for a week so can afford to put out a full strength team. The home fans will have something to cheer about and we will rotate because of the CL game. An opportunity was missed to maintain momentum in the Stoke game. I don’t fancy this one at all.

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  5. And a fourth sub, if needed -but only in extra-time. It’s also the “QF” from this year, rather than the “sixth round”. Can’t see the rags winning on Mon as they will be resting some “big names” for the TNL second leg.

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  6. I see our academy lads are leading Stoke 5-0 in the semi final of the youth cup so far. I honestly believe the time is now ,or when we’re totally out of the title race to include a couple of these lads in the first team eighteen. Sancho, Foden and Diaz are playing brilliantly week in week out and hands up who’d rather see their names on the bench instead of Delph, Navas, Fernando etc. Pep has to do this at some time this season, if not they may as well go elsewhere.

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  7. I always remember bad times vs Boro, from the send offs in the early nighties (Quinn and McMahon?) to Paul Lake breaking down to Peter Reid clearing the ball and it hitting of Garry Flitcroft for a defeat to having 18 shots on goal to Boro having no shots and losing to a Sun Jihai own goal to 1-8to Robbie Fowler missing a last minute penalty to get a UEFA Cup spot to that cup defeat two years ago to even scoring a Injury time equaliser this season the first time the ventured forward….so based on all that I’m going for a 2-0 win to MCFC 🙂

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  8. This game’s U****d comment….12 mins….the comment? Middlesbrough’ asssistant coach used to play in the same team as Man U****d assistant coach…..you can’t script this shit

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  9. WHY, OH WHY, OH WHY……… do we insist on making such hard work of things?

    For the second game in succession we have allowed the pace of the game to drop to that of the opposition. Some of our players have actually been walking with the ball. We are so much better than Boro yet insist on wasting chance after chance. As it stands at half time, we are one mistake away from being back to square one when we should be out of sight. Consequently, every time we start passing it back and forth to Claudio, I’m absolutely having kittens waiting for that slip. C’mon City, get that second goal – I’m squirming here!

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  10. In reality, this was as easy a quarter final as you could have against a desperately limited ‘boro. Job done, could and should have been 5 or 6, of not for mom Guzan. So, another Wembley trip and another home tie against WBA to rearrange. What’s the betting we get a Sunday 5.15 ko?

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  11. They don’t half make it tough for the friggin’ fans. Just get the second goal a bit earlier, next time, so we can relax a little. So one-sided today that all Boro were missing were John Wayne and a rendition of “The Green Leaves of Summer”. How many times, this season, would the ref have stopped the bout, if City were a boxer? We pummel sides, but contrive ever more daft ways of failing to score. If Yaya had been drawn by Picasso, the ball would have hit him on the head! If Merlin could finish, he would be on 20 goals, this season! But don’t get me wrong – these are just petty gripes and I salute Pep’s ability to pick the right starters and get an excellent result. Let’s draw Arsenal for the semi and put the final nail in Wenger’s coffin.

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  12. I agree BB. Firstly, congratulations and well done to everyone, it was another banana skin tie and one that could easily have caused us problems. Has there been a more one sided game all season? Yet the fact that we didn’t take our chances gave them hope even going into the last five minutes because you knew that a goal from them would have produced an Alamo style assault on our goal. For all the times I’ve complained about him, I will also congratulate Bravo for two decent saves although the one he spilled and required Zab to clear off the line epitomised the difference between success and failure. Had a Boro player been first to the rebound and they’d scored, we’d be hammering him. The referee and assistants offered us little protection today from some absolute thugs and Sterling’s goal was about an inch offside and the type of decision that would not have been given against us. Anyway, who cares, it’s another day out at Wembley and realistically, no easy ties left as I expect both Arsenal and Spurs to get through their ties.

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  13. Is anyone having trouble accessing the Blog? I’m using internet explorer and keep getting a security alert saying the certificate doesn’t match the site. It asks if I want to proceed yes/no or see the certificate. It has taken me about half an hour to get in as no matter what I answered it just blinked and came up with the same warning and options. I’ve finally got in after answering NO to “do you wish to proceed”!!

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  14. Very professional performance but should’ve been finished after sixty minutes but due to our poor finishing we made it drag out. We were far superior though, not bad for a side who had two days to prepare for this match. My only gripe is that we still mess up wanting that final pass when a shot would do, or in Silva and Aguero’s case trying to take one player on too many. On to Monaco now, come on Blues.

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  15. My son who knows about these matters says that Microsoft are winding down their support for Internet Explorer in preference for Microsoft Edge. There hasn’t been an update for ie since version 11, which is at least three years old. I too get the certificate notice and I posted earlier that I also have problems trying to type sometimes, as the keyboard is just completely unresponsive. It’s not just on here though, on the MCFC site, watching video clips is impossible, on YouTube, if you are running windows 7, you can only watch mid range resolution clips as it wont let you watch anything above 720p, viewing the Manchester Evening News site is a nightmare as it has a lot of script that just won’t load up. I am slowly switching to Firefox where there are no such problems. Have you remembered what you were going to say yet Glyn?

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    1. Ha ha thanks for the double Dutch (to me), Tony! Yeah I was gonna comment about the leniency of the ref. Prior to the two challenges that should’ve brought red cards I thought Leadbitter was getting away with things purely because he had this stupid grin on his face every time he committed a foul. Riley is just another joke of a ref.

      Also the commentary. There was one great move which would surely (or given our finishing, maybe not) have ended in a goal had Sterling’s excellent cross not been deflected. McManaman said “Thankfully it got a slight deflection.” Thankfully for who? Wouldn’t you think the co-commentator would be more thankful to see a great goal scored?

      Pep must be so frustrated with our wasteful finishing. This was a game that should’ve been safe by half-time with 3 key players then given a rest ahead of Monaco. Instead, there was always that fear Boro would sneak an equalizer and take us into a gruelling 30-minutes of extra time. I personally thought Aguero was quite poor until he scored and could not believe the MEN player rating of 9 and the sheer class comment. Sane was sublime and ridiculous in fairly equal measures. De Bruyne excellent. In fact we were pretty superb overall apart from the bloody finishing.

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  16. A few random observations

    !/ Sooner or later, City are going to start conceding from corners. It’s been creeping into our play ,and Monaco, Sunderland, and Boro have all being given free headers, from which they didn’t capitalise.
    2/ De Bruyne was far better today.
    3/ The fouls by Clayton on Sterling, and Traore on Nolito were both red card offences.
    4/ The Youth Cup game last night was supposedly a sellout. Why couldn’t I get a ticket when the ground was only half full?
    5/ Has Clichy been bribed by a Malaysian betting syndicate to commit a foul throw every game?

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    1. Lol Neil. Karanka doesn’t like Pep one bit and told his thuggish players to hurt ours, make no mistake about it. Sterling’s offside goal would’ve stood if it had been a Boro player who’d scored it at the other end, there was a gnats cock in it, but obviously give it the benefit of the defending side today. We can’t afford to miss chances against Monaco because they will punish us massively.

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  17. That’s good to know Neil. Yes, we were slipping all over the place in the first half, whilst they were managing to stay on their feet. Was it a) They had watered the pitch excessively? or b) That our players had the wrong studs on? I’m going for b) as it isn’t the first game where I’ve seen us slipping and sliding at times this season and I wonder if it’s a case that the players favour those boots with a shorter stud as it gives them greater manoeuvrability. If so, it’s an accident waiting to happen.

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  18. I was thinking the same thing Tony. There was definitely some excessive water, but it only seemed to affect the City players.
    Perhaps it was a surprise tactic, because once our player cottoned-on, nobody seemed to slip.

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  19. Not that it’s a competition, but Iain wins the prize this week for predicting the correct score of 2-0. Congratulations Iain, Blueboy and DB are runners up with 2-1. The rest of us didn’t bother, although I’d have stuck to my usual numbers and said 3-1. Iain, you win a six month subscription to “United We Stand.” BB and DB, you win a year’s subscription.

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    1. I would have gone for a disastrous 1-1, Tony,losing on penalties,so glad to be wrong.
      The tackle on Sterling was “Ben Thatcher like”.Macmanaman called it straight away as a chance to make contact with the ball and “leave a bit on the player” nasty stuff!
      At the final whistle Clayton had made a similar tackle on Silva. At times the Boro fans were booing Sterling, although this was as badly coordinated as their team.
      I suspect that the anti City sentiments expressed in snide remarks about our wealth give license to others to treat us like some kind of “Evil Empire”. I watched the first half of the Arsenal game and no mention was made of comparative financial muscle.
      Well done in the end.

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  20. A so called news item on a City news page about City players wage packets (an archaic term?) Isn’t there an old adage about “knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing?)

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  21. The cost of Silva, Yaya, Aguero etc players who’ve been with us years now is relative especially when they’ve proved they’re worth every penny. Too many jealous fans out there who if they’d bother to look a bit more closely would see their own team splash the millions over the years. Also fans still can’t get it into their thick heads that when City want to buy a player the selling club stick an extra 20m on the fee. Do they honestly think we approach Wolfsburg and say here’s 55m for KDB, we don’t start at that figure but it’s what we have to pay.If say Everton or someone wanted him I’m sure they’d have sold for 30-35m.

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  22. Looks like Spurs are joining us, Arsenal and one of United or Chelsea to make a very strong semi final line up. This is exactly what the FA wanted this year to give the tournament’s credibility a boost. Whether there was any skulduggery involved, I shall leave to you to decide. I’ll be happy if Spurs get through, that way each of the remaining sides gets a hard semi and final with no chance of United meeting Millwall in the final.

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  23. Before the game , it was mentioned that Spurs have yet to met a side from the top league and the farthest they’ve had to travel was Fulham!

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    1. I know this makes me sound like a conspiracy theorist Dave, but I really believe that it was the FA’s intention to give certain clubs an easy ride this year. Spurs, United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea have all faced lower league sides in every single round. Liverpool spoiled the plan by losing to Wolves. We weren’t included of course, being given PL opposition in three rounds and top Championship opposition, away in the other. The FA want a showcase final and they’ll get one now, they’d rather Liverpool were in the semis instead of us, but it’ll have to do. The next step is to try and organise either and all Manchester final or an all London final, which will depend on who wins the United/Chelsea game. I am a sad man I know.

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  24. We deserve to win it as we’ve had by far the toughest run to get to the semis. We’ll never draw a league one or lower side, it simply won’t be allowed because we’d probably put ten past them and the whole country would be up in arms with the ghastly City remarks. Also the Kane injury will be seen as a disaster, yet Jesus’s injury was sneered at with very little sympathy from all and sundry. Why’s that then?.

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      1. Mail reckon the rest of the season Tony. I very much doubt it as he walked fine down the tunnel.

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  25. So many idiots out there think we have a bigger squad,and by idiots I include some of the so called media, also Kane is a media “darling”.
    Arsenal are very fragile at the moment and were scared to death of Lincoln. It took a deflected goal near the end of the first half before they could do the job. A full strength side at home against non league opposition with Whinger “crowing” “they have found their confidence”.

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  26. Apologies for veering off subject but I watched the NYCFC match last night on Sky Sports Mix. Thoroughly entertaining. Some lovely football and great attacking play. What a pro David Villa is. He scored two to reach 43 goals in 67 games and he never stopped running and directing. It looked like a good crowd and atmosphere too. I’d certainly watch them again.

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  27. Just had chance to watch the beeb highlights of our game. Could the commentator have sounded any more pissed off when we scored our goals. He would’ve screamed our houses out if Boro had got one. I hate the BBC, biased as fcuk.

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