City returned from the international break with an almost routine victory over Newcastle on Saturday. In a game where City could have been frustrated by an unbeaten and organised Newcastle team, City were worthy winners after defeating their opponents with guile and patience.
England outcast, Micah Richards, was outstanding as City ran out 3-1 winners. Sending a message to England manager Fabio Capello, Richards bagged a goal and posed a constant threat to the Newcastle rear guard with surging runs down the wing. City’s other goals came courtesy of spot kicks from Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero. City never really looked in danger of surrendering the three points in spite of Newcastle hitting the woodwork and scoring a late consolation goal.
Frustratingly, I was unable to watch the game so put my faith in the BBC live text for coverage of the game. Radio coverage is too stressful and full of idiots, in my opinion, so I opted for the mind numbing BBC text in a vain attempt to maintain sanity during the game. That is not to say you don’t find morons on the BBC, you do, it’s full of them. Somehow I’ve become accustomed to the idiocy of it all but on Saturday Tom Rostance, of the BBC, took it too far.
After City scored their third goal Rostance rightly remarked: “Sergio Aguero takes the responsibility and steers the ball past Tim Krul. That’s 27 goals in 33 games for club and country. Who needs Carlos Tevez?” Fair point. Who does need Carlos Tevez with the likes of Aguero and Balotelli in such fine form. However, after Aguero limped off and was replaced by Adam Johnson he stated: “Ignore what I just said, someone get Carlos Tevez on the phone now! Sergio Aguero goes down holding his leg and limps off…” What a moron. Does he really think the man that has been AWOL for the last week is ever going to play for City again. Without boring you with the details, Tevez couldn’t be further away from playing for City. Rostance is the kind moron one could do without. I know it was only a flippant remark but it was ill-informed and pathetic. It could have been worst though. At least I didn’t have to endure the frustration of the absence of chips at the Etihad Stadium.
Words by Rob Toole