Manchester City: I Should Have Learned My Lesson

Thinking Manchester City would bounce back from last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat at the hands or Arsenal, Manchester City once again let me down with a 2-1 defeat at Wolves yesterday.

Despite coming out all guns blazing, and taking an early lead, Manchester City failed to capitalise on their early dominance at Molineux and went down 2-1. City are a side who show so much promise at times, have the individual quality on the pitch, but so often they fail to put it together for 90 minutes. Yesterday was another example of this.

Mick McCarthy took advantage of Manchester City’s lack of width by sending out two wingers on the wide pitch that were able to pull City defenders out of position, aiding Wolves’ two goals. Wolves were the better side tactically and on the field yesterday.

Manchester lost a lot of rhythm in the absence of Carlos Tevez, something they don’t have with Emmanuel Adebayor. Playing along with Mario Balotelli for the first time in the Premier League, the two weren’t in sync with each other and failed to test Marcus Hahnemann frequently. Substitute Adam Johnson gave City some width in the second half, but the England international failed to make an impact when he came on.

Matt Jarvis is all the rave at the moment, and he’s deserving it. The Wolves winger has caused full backs problems all season. Not afraid to take on players, Jarvis is a successful dribbler with his close control and his crosses have been of a decent quality. At 24, and playing in the Premier League, there’s no reason why Jarvis cannot be considered for the England squad down the left wing in the future.

Manchester City currently hold onto fourth position, 8 points behind leaders Chelsea and would drop to fifth place after 10 games if West Brom win at Blackpool on Monday night. After a tough trip to Lech Poznan on Thursday night in the Europa League, Manchester City travel to bogey side West Brom a week today for the next Premier League game, before hosting Manchester United midweek. I think we can all agree that City are a much better side with Carlo Tevez playing at that they can only hope their Argentinian ace is back and ready for next week’s action.