szólj hozzá: SWA 1-0 MCU | MOTD Highlights
Brendan Rogers will be managing a big club shortly. Liverpool when they fire Kenny Dalglish? Utd when Sir Alex retires? Arsenal when Wenger gives up his job? The club they faced yesterday? Or the way Swansea’s playing it well might be in the top four. Rogers’s men seem so unintimidated by the quality or reputation of their opposition.
It would have been worse if Scott Sinclair had been able to convert his spot kick after Joe Hart came rushing out and upended Wayne Routledge. Following that weak effort, Swansea regrouped and never let City settle into any rhythm. Samir Nasri has done very little to justify his £22m price tag as this City side lives and dies on the form of David Silva.
In the 83rd minute Swansea broke free after Savic’s poor defending. Routledge was allowed to run free wide down the right channel collecting a pass from Angel. The winger swung the ball to Luke Moore introduced minutes before, lurking at the far post, to head home for Swansea’s winner.
City came alive in the last 5 minutes as an increasingly frustrated Roberto Mancini sent off Silva and brought on Edin Dzeo. Swansea defended in numbers but just when it looked like they might be able to ride out the wave, disaster struck as Micah Richards headed Clichy’s floated ball for the equalizer. Or did they? As Richards celebrated vigorously pummeling his fists, Sian Massey, the lineswoman quietly raised the offside flag. Mancini looked on dumbstruck. But it was the right call. And here I ask you a question, how many of you Swansea lads would like to have a beer with Massey? Or Utd fans? Or fans against financial doping?
Swansea’s win was richly deserved. Their possession football is far better than Arsenal’s at this stage and more to the point, purposeful. City on the other hand show a brittleness as the season winds down. A flare up between Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli at half time in the tunnel, Gareth Barry’s pique at being subbed for Sergio Aguero, illustrate a club that is failing to paper over the fault lines. If Roberto Mancini fails to land the Premiership, he will be on his way out.