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January 10, 2011
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/10/2011

It would appear that Noel Gallagher and Serge Pizzorno knew what they were doing when they celebrated drawing out their favourite teams against each other in the FA Cup 3rd round draw. What a cracking game. It's a cliche to call it a "proper cup tie," but I'll go ahead and do just that. End to end action, Leicester giving a good account of themselves and City showing the occasional flash of class that led to both goals.

January 7, 2011
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/07/2011

I'm pleasantly surprised to hear that Roberto Mancini is taking the FA Cup seriously this year and has vowed to take the strongest squad to Leicester. I loved the FA Cup third round draw when Noel Gallagher and Serge Pizzorno drew their own favourite teams to play each other. Great television. This being said, pupil against mentor is never an easy game and I can easily see Mancini losing out tactically to Sven. Cue a thousand headlines about City's millions.

January 6, 2011
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/06/2011

Fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. I mean, parked the bus, boring as a spectacle and at least a month's worth of ammunition for the anti City brigade, but nonetheless a very educational match. Throw in a stone cold penalty, a terrible referee performance and Arsenal hitting the woodwork a couple of times (Walcott was offside for the third) and this was by far the most interesting and informative match of the season.

January 4, 2011
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/04/2011

The confirmation that David Silva is out of the Arsenal game, and possibly a couple more, is extremely bad news for City. Kompany has been a rock at the back all year and Nigel de Jong may be the single most important player that City have. But it is the Spaniard who is City's best player and the team will greatly miss the work rate and vision that Silva brings to the table.

January 3, 2011
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/03/2011

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says that Edin Dzeko would be a fabulous signing, insisting "all the good teams in Europe want him", but he admits a deal for the striker has not yet been finalised.

• Silva's injury and what it means tactically

Multiple reports are suggesting that the Dzeko transfer has stalled, even though City "have agreed" a transfer fee, with the Wolfsburg striker asking for 180,000 a week and City initially offering 125,000. This has subsequently, again according to reports, been raised to 150,000. Are City mad? Give the man the money.

January 2, 2011
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/02/2011

Ian Holloway... My goodness, such a breath of fresh air and such an incredibly positive attitude to attempting to survive in the Premier League. Blackpool have got no business, absolutely none, in staying in the Premier League and yet every week it is attack or go home with nothing.

January 1, 2011
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/01/2011

Under normal circumstances City would be looking forward to today's game against Blackpool. Alas someone has a wicked sense of humour and has decided to appoint Mark Clattenburg, the man who makes Uriah Rennie look like a competent official, as the referee for the contest.

Wallace Poulter Wallace Poulter is an award winning video game producer, designer, industry consultant and writer. He has been a football fanatic since the day he moved in next door to Brian Clough. "Cloughie" being the acknowledged genius that he was promptly moved out and went to manage Derby. A serviceable senior school left-back in his youth, Poulter played one season of Sunday league football as a striker proving conclusively that he was a serviceable senior school left-back! Today Poulter remains involved with football as a licensed referee and most recently as a consultant on a Football MMO.

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