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City 1 Bolton 0

Win number 13 (the second best record in the Premier League) at home then to round out the season, and it probably was the stereotypical end of season affair. Once we went into the lead, there appeared very little to suggest Bolton had the inclination to come back into it and we duly closed out 2008/09 with victory.

Nice to see Glauber Berti finally get some playing time at the club. He is reported to be a popular member of the squad, but sitting on the bench twenty or so times has been the nearest he has come to an appearance prior to yesterday.

A quick note on Felipe Caicedo. I don't think there are many who believe he will be a long term answer for us, and whilst he is certainly raw, he does possess talent, and crucially has the ability to find the net. Yesterday's winner was his eighth goal in fourteen starts this season.


The facts are that Manchester City's first season as the world's wealthiest football club saw them finish 10th, which is one place below where they ended up under Sven-Goran Eriksson. On the surface it was not much of a return for the estimated £126m spent by Abu Dhabi United, although the raw figures disguise the advances that have been made.

The match also had moments of outstanding football from Robinho, who yesterday, in a rare day of hot sunshine, looked like a £32m player. Pity he can also look over-priced and under-motivated when he is appearing away from Eastlands.

The Blues said goodbye to their season of transition with an eleventh home win in 12 attempts and are already busily planning for better things next season.

A half century of points and a place in the top half of the table, albeit 10th, represents a better than average return for a club that has not reached beyond the eighth rung of the ladder in the past 17 seasons.

Manchester City’s players will retreat to the beach now, many of them probably never to be seen in the club’s shirt again, but for Mark Hughes the hard work stays here. He received some welcome words of reassurance about his future from Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman, last week, but the manager knows that he will be out of a job if his team end up in the same position – tenth – next season.