Tuesday, February 17, 2009

No FA Cup glory this year: Arsenal 4-0 City

There'll be no FA Cup glory this year. Last night City went down 4-0 to the Gunners at tehir gaff, the hugely impressive Emirates Stadium.

Along with several thousand other Bluebirds fans me, Mini-Stats and our friend and his son made the trip down the M4 to London. Tube ride in from Cockfosters right to the doorstep of the stadium

The stadium is massive, and personally I think fare more impressive, both inside and out, and Wembley. Sadly, City weren't so impressive. After an enforced two week layoff, they looked rsuty and not match sharp, whilst Arsenal were right up for this, following their unimpressive showing at Ninina Park.

Frankly, it was all one way traffic, and it was a surprise they held out so long, but once Eduardo (inevitably in his comeback game) had opened the scoring, it was only ever going to be a case of how many. The fact that it was only four, was entirely due to the outstanding Tom Heaton, back in goal as Enckleman is injured and the cover brought in (Konstantopulous) was cup tied. Heaton made about half a dozen outstanding close range saves that would have otherwise led to a very embarrassing scoreline.

So that's the FA Cup for another year. The sage amongst us nod wisely and say, well at least we can concentrate on the league, and with the points we've got, plus up to 4 games in hand on some above us, an almost sure fire play-off place (unless something really stupid happens), and an outsdie chance of automatic promotion if we can win those games in hand.

Lets just hope that defeat doesn't start the rot, and we can get at least a point out of our trip to Wolves on Sunday.

Up the City!

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