A strengthened side, big spending, improved performance, same old city! We barely got a shot on goal in 90 mins, despite playing 50 mins vs 10 men. I don't accept that the losing a player helps the other side. We didn't take the initiative and failed to take an advantage on the game.
Robinho didn't have the best of games, but at least he still able of creating the sublime. Wright-Phillips ran down too many blind alleys and struggled to get into the game. He doesn't get much protection from refs, so the sending off was fully deserved today. Steven Ireland had another poor game, his final ball is poor, which meant there was little outlet for Bellamy to run in behind the Stoke back four.
Hughes has stated we lacked muscle in the box. He should of utilised Felipe Caicedo much sooner than he did. We needed a target man and he is certainly a handful in the box. Elano again should of been used much sooner, he came on showed with his range of passing how good he is. It was just a shame the rest of the attackers where not playing their top game. A change was needed as soon as delap was sent off, we dominated the 1st half and should of capitalised, not capitulated with lazy defending from Richards and bridge.
A poor showing in the final third let down what was going to be a reasonable performance. This is very disappointing result , considering the progress we have made in the last two games. With the chairman and cook watching on, it will be interesting what happens over tomorrow and Sunday transfer wise.
A very frustrating performance from our players today!