Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas cheer: City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

City gladdened the hearts of all their fans after taking all three points from the last game before Christmas in front of 17,600 at Ninian Park.

In truth, the first half was mediocre (again). City should have been at least one up at the break after Bothroyd hoisted a Rojer Johnson nod down high over the bar when he really should have scored. Other than that it was a half to forget - City not attheir best and Wednesday a poor looking side.

Once again Dave Jones must have had something put into the tea at half time, as in the second period City looked a different side. Four minutes in, Johnson had a shot deflected past a helpless 'keeper to put us one up. The Fanzine "The Thin Blue Line" I'd bought had been talking about how many penalties we'd had awarded against us this season, and that 15 was the most any club had gained in a season. We already had 12 to our name before Ledley was brought down in the box to make it 13, and Michael Chopra stepped up to convert from the spot. For about 10 minutes after that, we dominated and could have scored another two or three, but in the end, the two goals proved enough as we saw out the match to take the points.

A couple of other City points of note.

Firstly, we've bought our season tickets for next year. No really. Yes, it's only December, and we're only just half way through this season. But, the tickets for the new stadium went on sale last week, and if we commit to buying before January, we're guaranteed to get the the tickets for the 2010/11 season at 2009/10 prices - irrespective of which division we're in. As we're pushing for the Premiership (no, we really are), and Min0Stats ticket is only £49 as he's under 16, and mine's just over £300, that seems like an absolute bargain - unless of course we were to be relegated two seasons running and we'd be playing in League Two!!

Secondly, although things are looking bright just now and we're in fifth spot, Michael Chopra's loan spell comes to an end at the end of December, Wayne Routledge's in January, and Joe Ledley, our "Crown Jewel" could well be sold to a Premiership side in Januray. If we don't hang on to that lot, or can't replace them with quality players we could be in trouble. Let's hope not.

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