City heroes thank super Blues fans
- Tue 17 May 2011, 10:49PM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
City's FA Cup winners - and potential third-place Premier League finishers - performed not so much a lap of honour as a stroll of acknowledgment at the City of Manchester Stadium.
The players and management followed their second win over Stoke in four days by repaying Blues fans for their fantastic backing over the best season City have enjoyed in a generation.
The 45,000 crowd, delighted with a 3-0 win that takes City into third place ahead of Arsenal with a game to play, behaved impeccably and not one fan encroached onto the pitch at the end.
Stoke's players, reluctant guests at a party being held at their expense, had been generously applauded off earlier. But the night rightly belonged to Mancini and his merry if weary men.