Tuesday, 21 July 2009

City 1 - 0 Kaiser Chiefs

City's first win of the 2009/10 season tonight; a good run-out against a strong Kaiser Chiefs side. The starting line up was a mixture of first teamers - Wayne Bridge, Pablo Zabaleta, Nigel de Jong, and youngsters - Ben Mee, Ryan McGivern played at centre back. Stephen Ireland was captain, and of the new signings only Stuart Taylor and Gareth Barry played.

We played ok: you can't really expect too much in this sort of game. The only goal came in the last minute of the first half. Kelvin Etuhu broke down the right and put in an uncharacteristically good cross which Ireland slid in. Ireland, inspired by the armband, was everywhere, and Gareth Barry, just behind Ireland, really showed his class with some exceptional passing from midfield.

There's not much else to say: Kaiser Chiefs created a lot of chances and should have scored, but then we could have done a bit better up front. But Caicedo then Benjani up front isn't really an accurate guage of how we'll do in front of goal this season.

Pablo Zabaleta won the Man of the Match and gave a post match interview in English where he talked up our hard work and said that he was impressed with South Africa and would like to return for the World Cup.


Mattias said...

I thought Mee and McGivern looked class compared to TBH and Dunne. Mee and McGivern made defending look easy from time to time and they looked really calm most of the time. Seems promising...

pjdemers said...

I would think that TBH and Benjani's days are clearly numbered.