M.E.N.

Frag­ile Blues take points against Villa af­ter throw­ing away two-goal lead

Stockport Times East - - CITY LIFE LOCAL -

able to haul their way back into the game, tells you some­thing about City.

They re­main frag­ile in terms of con­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­dence, as Villa showed by fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fight­ing their way back into the game from 2- 0 down.

ThThThThThThThThThis sounds like too much doom and gloom af­ter a run of 11 wins and just one de­feat from their last 14 home league games, but manager Manuel Pel­le­grini was also less than happy with the per­for­mance of his team.

Per­haps he also is look­ing for the green shoots of re­cov­ery in the ashes of a sea­son that promised so much but which has gone up in flflflflflflflames since they shared top spot in the league with Chelsea on New Year’s Day

Maybe the most heart­en­ing as­pect of this game was that City were again handed a big slice of luck, with Guzan’s mis­take pre­sent­ing Aguero with a sim­ple opener.

And Tim Sher­wood had a valid point when he com­plained that Chris­tian Ben­teke was wrongly flflflflflflflflflflflflflflflflflflflflflflflagged offffffffffffffffffff­side be­fore he was brought down by Joe Hart, shortly be­fore City went up the other end and scored.

ThThThThThThThThThThThere was plenty at stake in this game but for long spells, you would not have thought so, as City me­an­dered their way through the 90 min­utes, only oc­ca­sion­ally in­ject­ing the vim and verve for which they have be­come known in re­cent years.

In the end they were glad for a su­perbly taken Fer­nand­inho goal to win the game. He re­placed ham­string vic­tim Yaya Toure at half- time and is set to re­sume his part­ner­ship with his pal Fer­nando at White Hart Lane next week in a crunch game.

win in that one would se­cure City’s top four place and with home games against QPR and Southamp­ton sand­wich­ing a trip to Swansea, they should be favourites with United and Ar­se­nal still hav­ing to face each other.

But a win at Spurs, de­spite the fact they have also looked like a team run­ning out of steam, is far from a cer­tainty un­less City can raise their game.

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