Telegraph: Silva the difference in Capital One Cup clash
- 31 October 2013 09:25
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
David Silva was last night’s golden boy.
This morning’s City headlines centre on the victory over Newcastle which secured the Sky Blues a place in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup.
He writes: “For an hour, at least, this was not the most convincing of displays by a much-changed City side. It was really only the introduction of David Silva that gave them a more imaginative, technical approach in the final third to help subdue a spirited Newcastle side.
“City increased their pressure on Krul’s area. Jesus Navas was running at Paul Dummett, whipping in a cross to the near-post that Dzeko headed wide. Dummett’s hamstring eventually gave way trying to keep pace with Navas. Krul then made those two saves as the tie slid towards extra time, first reacting well to claw away Negredo’s attempted dinked finish and then pushing away a header from the Spaniard.
“After 99 minutes, Silva conjured up one of those defence-slicing passes for Dzeko to run towards the byline and cut the ball back. Negredo had darted in ahead of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to turn the ball past Krul.”
It was a sentiment that Alan Pardew supported, judging by his post-match comments.
The Newcastle boss told the Shields Gazette: “The second half was a little bit different, especially when Silva came on.
“They started probing a little bit more.
“We still defended very, very well. We had a couple of great chances.”
Away from last night’s North East adventures, Uwe Rosler has talked of the part City fans played in helping him beat cancer.
In his autobiography, Knocking Down Walls, the City legend describes the moment he realised he had the incredible support of “46,000 Mancunians”.
An extract from Uwe’s book, quoted in the Mirror, reads: “My mobile phone began to ring as I came out of a listless sleep. With wires in my arm, I was in my hospital bed recovering from the latest dose of chemotherapy and I barely had the strength to lift the handset.
“I picked it up and saw the name of an old friend from Manchester, Mark Buckley, displayed on the screen.
“He said, ‘Uwe, can you hear it? Listen to this...’
“He held his phone at arm’s length and I realised my friend was calling from the City of Manchester Stadium. The City fans were singing my name, and I could hear it echoing around the ground.
“They were willing me to beat the cancer and they had not given up on me.
“I ended the call and smiled for the first time in a long while. It was exactly what I needed.”
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