Tuesday, January 26, 2010

City fill their boots: Bristol City 0-6 City: Are you watching Chelsea?

This was the third consecutive Tuesday these two sides had met, the previous two occasions being the FA Cup 3rd round and the subsequent replay. Both had proved tight games, 1-1 and City snatching a 1-0 win in the replay.

For the first 18 minutes tonight it looked like following a similar pattern, but Peter Whittingham's scrambled goal on 19 minutes started a rout of the home side, with the last goal, the sixth, coming as early as the 57th minute, before Bristol, shut up shop and concentrated on damage limitation.

Whittingham's opener was followed by McCormack on 23 minutes and Chopra on 24 before an own goal just before half time made it 0-4 at the break. Any other side would reckon "job done", but only a month ago, City squandered a four goal lead at Peterborough, and I bet Dave Jones was reminding the team of that in the dressing room over a orange.

There was to be no repeat. Within a minute City had made it five with Chopra's second of the night, and 12 minutes later McCormack bagged his second to complete the scoring.

This was a comprehensive victory, over a half decent side (though not tonight) and shows what City are capable of if they put their mind to it.

I only hope it doesn't bring a rash of offers for some of the highest scoring players in the division before the January transfer window clangs shut.


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