Manchester City Report

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

As the sun streamed through the living room window on Sunday morning, I said to my girlfriend, "I've got a funny feeling about today, I think Town might get something". That sparked a conversation about not getting my hopes up and the logic of what I was saying. Town couldn't get anything out of this game, in fact they would be lucky to simply avoid a demoralising defeat.

My optimism that Town would get anything from the game was drained when I saw that David Wagner had effectively gone for a team comprising of 7 defenders. This would be a keep the score down exercise and nothing more I thought.

But from the first few minutes Town showed an industry, desire and concentration that I haven't seen them play with this season. Every single outfield player looked calm, composed and utterly determined to keep City out.

It was very much a backs to the wall performance, but Huddersfield also showed tenacity and bite in attacking areas. When City's Brazilian 'keeper Ederson had the ball at his feet he found his passing lines blocked by tenacious Terriers and was at times forced into mistakes.

This showed that not only did the Terriers want to play with defensive solidity, but they also wanted to make things uncomfortable for the Champions and seek out a goal of their own. In truth, despite all their possession and attacking intent, City never seriously breached a well drilled Huddersfield backline.

There were saves of course from Jonas Lossl, but nothing that couldn't be considered regulation, and the only time the hosts looked certain to score was when Lossl and Mounie combined to almost turn the ball into their own goal.

Meanwhile, Town did threaten. There were efforts from distance by Mooy and Prithcard, but both Florent Hadergjonaj and Scott Malone had terrific chances to score in the match, and had they had more experience in attacking positions, they surely would have.

There was a tinge of disappointment at the final whistle as Town fans rued the late miss by Scott Malone and the half-chance that fell to Laurent Depoitre, but there should be no disappointment at all. Only pride. Town became the first team to shut-out Man City at the Etihad since Manchester United in April of last year.

Town spoiled the coronation of perhaps the Premier League's greatest ever Champions and in doing so showed the footballing world that they are certainly no pushovers.Victory would have secured the Terriers Premier League place for another season, but a draw could do too.

Not only does the point take Town three clear of the relegation zone, but it sends a message to the chasing pack. We won't go away lightly, we will fight to the very last. Southampton and their manager Mark Hughes were devastated on Saturday when they conceded a cruel equaliser at Everton.

But imagine their devastation when they sat down on Sunday to watch our game. In the back of their minds they will have been aiming for us, not expecting us to get a single point from our last three fixtures. They will have been expecting a 5-0 victory for City and a bruising psychological blow to us.

What they actually saw though, was a team with spades of character, battling their way to an incredible result. They now travel to Swansea with us further away than they expected and the pressure is well and truly on them.

As I say, safety is not mathematically secured yet, but this team of ours has shown that it is ready for the fight, and capable of doing anything to save us from the drop. Until the next time, UTT.


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