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City 4 Birmingham 1.

How is it that a team gets walloped 4-1 still manages to grab all the post-game headlines? When a team turns in a performance as woeful and inept as the one Birmingham did in on Saturday you do. If they in any way wanted to play to save the job of Steve Bruce then the players who 'turned out' must be pretty keen to see the back of old Brucie if that was any indication.
There were no plus points mentioned for City or any players taking the plaudits, only the bleatings of Bruce as he sought to admonish his Birmingham side as he labelled his players 'not able to do the basics in a football match' and that 'we looked pathetic, it's as simple as that'.
Rarely can it be said that a team appears to have both no talent or passion for the game, but the Birmingham side on Saturday are probably the worst side I have seen in the Premiership (and the relegated Sunderland side of a couple of years ago take some beating).
In some respects due to the no-show that was put in front of us it is hard to evaluate the City performance from Saturday. Every time we went forward there seemed to be the potential of a goal, although how much of that was down to us carving Birmingham apart is open to debate and defensively we were barely troubled from a strikeforce of Forsell and Pandiani who are no mugs.
Personally, I thought Sommeil looked decent and has played well on the occasions he has had to fill in this season. Sinclair is beginning to look sharper with each game he plays and Vassell was bright and showed good movement upfront in Coles absence.
The goals? Sommeils was as a result of calamtious defending of a set piece, the Barton penalty from a woeful challenge, Sibierskis header (on target!) as he jumped between his marker and keeper before Bradley Wright-Phillips capped it off with a neat strike. David James won't be happy that Jarosiks consolation slipped through him and it seemed a strange move to bring Fowler on bearing in min he is now just one game away from the next installment being paid to Leeds. Perhaps the further rumours that circulated at the end of last week (moves to Portsmouth, Millwall or Ipswich) were well wide of the mark?

Match reports:
Manchester Online
Sky Sports
The Times
BBC