Bitter And Blue: Support For Roberto Mancini Did Not Last Long

Over 180 minutes of football this week at Eastlands and Manchester City failed to score. They also failed to allow a goal, meaning the Citizens got two points from the week where they failed to play good football.

As Danny Pugsley at Bitter and Blue points out, Manchester City is a relatively better place than they were at this time last year. Though the point total is the same, their league positions is higher, making him question why there are so many supporters critical of Roberto Mancini

Of course, when you take off Carlos Tévez for Gareth Barry in a tie match, you're bringing a lot of criticism upon yourself, as Pugsley notes in his thoughts on Saturday's match against Birmingham City:

The big talking point from the game though is centred around the substitution of Carlos Tevez for Gareth Barry with minutes remaining that signalled widespread boos and calls for Craig Bellamy. Given the support Mancini received at West Brom following speculation over his future this was surprising to me.

After two 0-0 results, West Brom seems so long ago. For now, Mario Balotelli has one more match left on his suspension while Manchester City remains fourth in the Premier League.

For more on the Citizens, you can go to Danny Pugsley's Bitter and Blue, SB Nation's Manchester City blog.

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