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Manchester City Grind Another Result Out

Roberto Mancini Manager Manchester City 2010/11 Manchester City V Juventus (1-1) 30/09/10 UEFA Europa League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
The old saying is that a good team can grind out a result when they are not playing well. Well Manchester City did that today with a hard fought win over an impressive Newcastle United side.

If there is one that that City boss has brought to the club since his arrival last December, it is the Italian mentality to grind out results. In truth Newcastle were probably worthy of a point today, but Adam Johnson’s late goal was enough to end see the Toon travel home empty handed.

Johnson’s introduction probably explains why City are able to grind out results. After a game where they struggled to really have any creative spark, Mancini was able to turn to a bench possessing quality that would walk in to most sides in the Premier League.

It’s hardly surprising that Mancini has this much quality at his disposal. On Friday City revealed the true price of their quest for success.  It doesn’t make pretty reading for the bank manager of Sheikh Mansour after the Eastlands club lost a staggering £121 million for 12 months leading up May 31 2010.

Perhaps an even more remarkable statistic was that City managed to spend £133million wages and only turned over £125 million. It does make you think just how sustainable this level of spending is. Yes City are backed by owners who have a bottomless pit of wealth to invest in to the club, but they will surely want to see a return on their investment in the not so distant future.

This is why Mancini is under so much pressure, as will any manager who takes over at Eastlands; £121 million is far too much of an expense for a failing side. A failing sides responsibility ultimately lies with the manager.

So while City were able to grind a win today, Mancini will have to keep grinding out the results in order to keep Sheikh Mansour’s axe away from him.

Also a quick note over Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa who picked up a horrific injury early on in the game. Hopefully the injury is not as bad as first feared.

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  1. Ende

    October 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Fair tackle? How about you stand still and let me land one of those on you and you tell me how fair you think it is. Shame on all of you City fans who applaud that match. You should be hanging your heads in shame.

    But hey, anything for 3 points, right?

  2. EPL Highlight Video

    October 4, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Great game by City. Go tevez!

  3. Evan

    October 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Great game by City. I don’t understand all the hate directed at De Jong. It was a fair tackle in my opinion and also the ref’s. In all honesty, City should have lost. But we got lucky today.
    Also, to the people saying that the ref favored City really need to stfu and accept and unlucky defeat. The ref didn’t favor City when he awarded sunderland a 90th minute penalty to win the game for them. It’s just football. Stop whining.

  4. Jason

    October 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Go City! Newcastle suck arse. Go back to the 2nd division where you belong.

  5. eighthsin

    October 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Newcastle should have had a penaly no doubt, but the De Jong tackle was fair. Ben Arfa was unlucky to get injured.

    Newcastle fans should be used to losing, get over it already. Sometimes you get some luck, sometimes you dont.

    Some of the people on here are pathetic.

  6. Remi Online

    October 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Manchester City struggled to win this match..but one thing must be said: there was a penalty for Newcastle

  7. Condor

    October 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    How many legs has De Jong broken? Not to mention Kung-Fu kicks and other bad tackles. What a shameful player.

  8. Mick G

    October 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    MR Beckett seems everyone is impressed with your report.Perhaps it is time to go back to your day job,Tea boy at Eastlands.

  9. NUFC Fan

    October 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    What an absolutely shocking article this is.

    Might be worth mentioning that it was NIGEL DE JONG who was extraordinarily dirty in the tackle on Ben Arfa – potentially a 6-9 month injury and potentially costing Newcastle his services on a permanent basis due to the terms of the loan.

    Might also be worth mentioning the completely wrong penalty decision given to Manchester City in the first half, gifting them a goal their play did not deserve.

    Might still yet be worth mentioning the stonewall penalty not given in the second half when Ameobi was rugby tackled in the box by Lescott.

    Grind out a result? You’re having a laugh. Do everyone a favor the next time you want to bang out a quick match recap. Don’t. YOu’ve embarrassed yourself and your website.

  10. Ende

    October 3, 2010 at 11:48 am

    All three previous comments are dead on. Poor poor review, not even mentioning what dirty thugs tha city players are, or how the refs gave city the game? Oh but to celebrate ungodly amounts of money being pumped into a club, as though it were a masterstoke of football genius.

    Apparantly the writers of epltalk are just as star struck.

  11. Mick G

    October 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

    They didn’t grind out a result it was just another example of a star struck referee,when are the FA going to make sure the same rules apply to every club and and stop favouring the so called rich clubs.3 years ago City would never have got the decisions they got today and anyone who disagrees knows nothing about football

  12. Drew

    October 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

    No mention of the obvious penalty that would have led to a draw?

    Congrats Man City, you’ve officially joined the rank of the top teams if you’ve got refs throwing games for you.

  13. Chris McQuade

    October 3, 2010 at 11:18 am

    The only story of the game (and weekend) reduced to a footnote.

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