Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday February 19 2006
Attendance: 23 847
Well, I can keep this one brief.
First 30 minutes City had 8 shots to our total lack of shots, not one shot on or off target! How Vassell missed his chances will remain a mystery but shows just why Villa did let him leave, he could be awesome if he believed in himself, but he will always be average.
Alan Hansen at half time (I stuck by my guns, as did another 20 000 fans and stayed at home) by saying Villa were 'less than ordinary' and looked like '11 strangers'. The pundits were right, we could have gone in at half time 4 or 5 down.
The second half we rallied a bit but never really looked likely, then Baros scored a great goal, he fought hard to get the ball, passed it to Steven Davis who neatly passed the ball back and Baros finished with aplomb. ONE single moment of quality which could have been enough to seal an undeserved (and would we have cared?!?) victory if it wasn't for the fact the team don't know how to slow the game down, don't know how to waste time and don't know how to keep the ball.
I was going to say, until the 94th minute equaliser, that you don't need a good manager (we haven't got a good manager) when you have a lucky one, but the young Micah Richards rose well to a well flighted corner and forced a replay. On that display we won't progress into the quarter finals, that said, O'Leary has already insulted the home fans by saying the players find it easier away from us at opponents grounds, so lets see if he can actually rally the troops.
Thank goodness Andy Cole (sorry, Andrew Cole) wasn't playing tonight, he'd have got double figures!
Date:Sunday February 19 2006
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