Saturday, August 21, 2010

Swarbrick shocker: City 4-0 Doncaster

This match was all about Craig Bellamy.

Over 24.000 packed into CCS today to see Craig Bellamy, City's new signing strut his stuff, and he didn't disappoint. Donny had the better of the opening half, although City should have had a penalty inside two minutes when Chopra was unceremoniously upended in the visitors penalty area.

Referee ND Swarbrick waved away City appeals and to be absolutely fair, he and his assistants SJ Barrow and ME Weaver had an absolute shocker, missing balls that were out of play on the sidelines, giving throws or balls that were obviously in, and the referee himself failing to punish several studs us tackles from the visitors, Chopra and Bothroyd the main recipients of some terrible tackles especially from Donny's number 5 Wayne Thomas.

Bothroyd it was though who opened the scoring after the ball fell rather fortuitously to him inside the box. 1-0 City at half time and glad to take it after Chopra had limped off after his earlier challenge. The change to 4-5-1 though inspired City and it was no surprise when Bothroyd doubled the score in the second period left unmarked after Bellamy drew defenders to Burkes great cross. Burke then added a third as City began to play ole football, Bellamy's 60 yarder leaving the ginger Scotsman plenty to do but a fine finish ensued.

And to make the day complete Bellamy rasped in a 35 yarder to seal a 4-0 win,. There was even time for Koumas to come off the bench in the final minutes, though how he'll fit into this side will take a braver man than me to predict.

Great win for City, who move 2nd. I predict at this early stage automatic promotion for the Bluebirds - if - we keep out players fit.

Finally, I have it on good authority we'll be welcoming back another City old boy on loan next week - Glenn Loovens from Celtic on loan. Magnifcent.


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