Blue John wrote:ob1 wrote:This has suddenly turned into a monumentally huge game. Stoke should have the good grace to roll over as they have a free pass into Europe courtesy of our league success but there's no way Pulis will allow that. Kudos to him by the way as he seems to have lost this one with good grace. I only saw one interview with him but he admitted the best side won; however, it was the tv pictures of him applauding as City lifted the trophy that I found most endearing. I think that I even saw that Rag Shawcross applauding. Back to the league game and the main issue for me will be the mental state of the players. Will City be complacent? Will Stoke be demoralised or out for revenge? What is going to motivate Stoke? If City are motivated like there were for the final, they should win regardless of what Stoke do but there's never any guarantees with our lot.
The other thing is will / should Mancini rotate heavily? I'm afraid that there's no room for sentiment (sorry SWP etc) but there could be for fresh legs.
I've posted similar about Pulis on the FA Cup thread OB1. I know you don't read KotK, but over the course of the last 2 years, I've given him a right booting in the fanzine (and on here if truth be told). I thought on Saturday though he acted with more class than Taggart has in 25 years. You could see the pride in him as he waited in the tunnel to lead his team out, and he behaved with great dignity in defeat. I felt genuinely sorry for him. As such I have a new found respect for the bloke.......although I reserve the right to change my mind if they nick anything off us on Tuesday! If that happens, then he's a cnut again
ob1 wrote:ob1 wrote:I was also pleased that our support applauded Stoke up the stairs. That reminded me of 1976 when we gave Super Mac merciless stick at the start of proceedings but applauded him (especially) and his team mates warmly as they left the field - we had the tunnel end and I had a spot by the tunnel.
Bryan wrote:ob1 wrote:ob1 wrote:I was also pleased that our support applauded Stoke up the stairs. That reminded me of 1976 when we gave Super Mac merciless stick at the start of proceedings but applauded him (especially) and his team mates warmly as they left the field - we had the tunnel end and I had a spot by the tunnel.
We even chanted "Newcastle" as they made their way up the tunnel. Similarly, we chanted "Sunderland" after we had sent them down at Maine Road in the early nineties.
singcat wrote:Leaving for Manchester now
How much more nerves this season are we to endure!!
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