Blue Blogger: Lump it to the big man!
- 19 April 2013 16:30
- Posted by @porter_mcfc / Words by @DavidMooney
David Mooney provides his preview of Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Now, here’s a question: What happens when you take a wrong turning inside Newport Pagnell services on the northbound carriageway of the M1, at about 8.30pm of the evening when Manchester City have just won an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley?
The answer is that you lead three other City fans into a Calor Gas bottle storage facility, each of them equally as baffled as the last as to the exact location of the motorway slip road.
And, as we performed the three-point turn and apologised to each of the other blues now having to do the same, it occurred to me that that one moment of erroneous driving was the perfect metaphor for City’s season. On the whole, it’s been a fairly smooth journey, but the odd mistake along the way has left us off the pace in the league – or getting home well after midnight, in our case.
This weekend, the fixture list brings us to White Hart Lane, a ground from which City had, until recently, traditionally decided they didn’t fancy taking any points.
That is, until Roberto Mancini arrived and the bogey side status gradually disappeared. The manager has won his last four against Spurs (unbeaten in five).
In fact, it’s a good job the Italian is setting about destroying some traditionally Typical City behaviour, because no Blues Boss has ever won consecutive league games at White Hart Lane. Kevin Keegan managed it over a league and cup game (yes, that cup game), but a win this weekend will give Mr. Mancini another record.
It’s not going to be an easy task, mind you. Tottenham have been playing some pretty decent stuff this season and are looking to secure a Champions League spot. But, since we’re looking historically at this fixture, for my money there’s a fairly good chance the Blues will score a cracking header: Sylvain Distin and Jon Macken did it in 2004 (as City came back to win 4-3), Emile Mpenza did it in 2007 (as City whimpered to a 2-1 defeat) and Edin Dzeko did it in 2011 (as City demolished the home side 5-1).
So, it’s easy, Roberto: Get Edin on and lump it to the big man. What could possibly go wrong with that?
NB – It’s probably a good thing I’m not in the away dugout this weekend.