Saturday, December 22, 2007

Festive Cheer: City 1 - 0 Sheffield Utd

The Christmas footy programme is often said to define a teams season. Well, we've started this one well. I've just got back from seeing the Bluebirds hammer the Blades 1-0. And it was a hammering, even though the 1-0 scoreline wouldn't suggest it. City could have been a goal down inside the first minute as the Blades missed a sitter, and could arguable have had a penalty later on the half, but City were looking as good as they've done for a long, long time. They passed the ball on the ground with pace, and Paul Parry in particular caused havoc down the right side.

Peter Whittingham who I think should have been starting long ago, oozes the class the McPhail should, and brings some composure, vision and occasional touches of brilliance to the side. It was one of those touches whilst running at the defence that slipped a pass through to the irresistible Parry who slid the ball under the keeper to make it 1-0. JFH then flashed one just wide about a minute later.

1-0 at half time, and thoughts were turning to dour defence for the next 45 minutes dropping deeper and deeper as usual.

But no - we kept pushing and as they tried harder for the equaliser, the left space at the back forCity to exploit, and how they never got a second I'll never know. Schmeicel didn't really have a save to make, although one last free kick flashed only just wide. Special mention too to Kevin "Naughts" McNaughton who had a great game, and Glen "The Loovenator" Loovens who's looking back to his best in central defence.

That's the first 3 points out of the 12 on offer over the holiday period. Next up, Watford away on Boxing Day. That'll be tough, but City can take the confidence from an excellent performance into that game.

Come on you Blooobirds.....!

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