|BOLTON WANDERERS 0 CITY 0
FA Barclays Premiership
13th January 2007
City Weaver, Distin, Dunne, Onuoha, Richards, Ireland, Barton, Sinclair, Vassell, Corradi, Dabo – Subs Samaras(71), Miller(90), Isaksson(unused), M Mills(unused), Beasley(unused)
Bolton Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Meite, Ben Haim, Gardner, Tal, Campo, Davies, Speed, Anelka, Diouf – subs Giannakopoulos(63), Vaz Te(80), Walker(unused), Andranik(66), Augustyn(unused)
|WHAT THE PRESS SAID
CORRADI LET’S BOLTON OFF THE HOOK
BERNARDO CORRADI might want to consider taking up a different occupation after the miss of the season that allowed Bolton to somehow escape with a point.
The Italian maintained his reputation as one of the most bumbling of strikers ever signed by Manchester City.
In one mad, Pythonesque moment, he not only missed connecting from two yards with the goal at his mercy, but even managed to make Joey Barton look like a fool, too. The midfielder, arriving late at the far post, could only poke the ball into the siide-netting.
Stuart Pearce should have been celebrating a third successive away victory. Instead, he left grinding his teeth as he headed out on a secret signing mission, while No 2 Steve Wigley stressed the positives and tried to absolve Corradi. Saying: “We’ve seen misses like those 1,000 times, while Joey broke his neck to get to the ball. “We could have won it, but we are still delighted by the way our back line stood up to Bolton. “We had to become tougher and that showed here”.
Yet had Corradi shown anything of the ability that took him into Italy’s Euro 2000 squad and got him 10 goals for Parma in Serie A last season, City would have been ahead by the interval.
Twice however, he went for style rather than substance. H swept one shot over from 15 yards when a low drive would surely have brought more positive results.
Then, when when Micah Richards made room for Trevor Sinclair to cross, the Italian was all glitterati but no glory as he sent his first time shot flying too high from 10 yards.
… Almost immediately after that terrible attempt at securing only his third goal since last Summer’s arrival he was replaced by Georgio Samaras. It is difficult to see how Pearce can risk him again.
KEN LAWRENCE WRITING FOR THE SUNDAY MIRROR