The blues have had some interesting and some not so interesting results on this day in the past, but for some reason, the matches often seems to involve promotion or relegation.
2017 – Southampton
It had been a season of mixed fortunes for City. Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge hadn’t quite worked out as everyone had expected, and by the time the team travelled to Southampton, the blues were staving off a challenge from United for fourth place, while battling Spurs for third. A win was vital for the blues Champions League hopes, and it was a win they got.
After a goalless first half, Vincent Kompany broke the deadlock on 55 minutes, heading home David Silva’s corner. On 77 minutes, Leroy Sane finished off a lightning counter-attack, collecting Kevin de Bruyne’s pass before firing home, and just three minutes later, Sergio Aguero made sure of the points with a header at the far post as City ran out 3-0 winners.
2006 – West Ham
It was a very different story in 2006 when City travelled to West Ham. The blues had lost the last five Premier League games and been dumped out of the FA Cup by the Hammers at the quarter final stage.
Sadly for the blues, the poor run of form continued at the home of the Hammers as Shaun Newton’s first half goal won the match for the home side to condemn City to a sixth straight Premier League defeat.
2000 – Grimsby
In April 2000, City were a surprise candidate for promotion. Having gained promotion from the third tier the season before, the blues found themselves challenging Charlton and Ipswich for a place in the Premier League. City were unbeaten in six matches as they travelled to the east coast, and Grimsby threatened to derail the blues promotion charge.
The home side took the lead after 17 minutes, but Mikhail Kavelashvili equalised on 32 minutes, and despite the blues best efforts, that’s how the score remained at full time.
1989 – Blackburn Rovers
City’s promotion challenge of 1989 was almost at an end, however the blues were beginning to get a little nervous entering the final stages. And their promotion credentials were about to be tested at Blackburn.
An injury hit blues saw left back Gerry Taggart playing at right back, and the defender had a torrid time trying to keep the Rovers attack in check. Simon Garner scored a hat-trick as the blues were battered 4-0.