6/01/2019 2:00 pm
Referee: D Coote
|Manchester City||Rotherham United|
|Sterling (12), Foden (43), Ajayi (og 45+1), Jesus (52), Mahrez (73), Otamendi (78), Sane (85)|
|Walker||Vyner (Wood 89)|
|Stones (Danilo (75)||Ajayi|
|De Bruyne (Sandler 67)||Forde|
|Foden||Williams (Palmer 90)|
|Jesus||Taylor (Raggett (74)|
Rotherham United won’t be in tonight’s draw for the FA Cup having lost seven-nil to a very (very) experienced Manchester City team at the Etihad yesterday.
Not surprisingly the stats aren’t pretty reading with City having seventy per cent of possession to the Millers thirty per cent.
But we did have things better than the Premier League Champions – we had more long passes than them with our crossing accuracy being twenty-two per cent to City’s fifteen. We also had seven shots at goal (though, I can’t quite recall it being that many but, let’s be honest we’ll take anything after a seven-nil loss!)
We actually only committed four fouls to City’s twelve (that’s when we frightened them into tackling us!) Of course, to foul them you have to catch them first!
I don’t think any of us really thought we would get anything yesterday and after we’d seen the City line-up (which, I think, showed some respect to Paul Warne and his men), I don’t think we expected to score. With every City name announced we sat further and further down in our seats!
Even in his post-match interview Warney said that City’s slowest player was faster than our fastest player.
I do believe if we’d gone in just one down at half-time the score wouldn’t have been as prolific. I’m not saying we’d have got anything but I think those two goals in time added on knocked us for six a little.
But, it will be a learning curve and, the old cliché of, ‘we’ll concentrate on the league’ couldn’t be nearer the truth because we have bottom of the table Ipswich to contend with away from home next Saturday – probably a more important game than the Manchester City tie in the FA Cup.