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