Carl Curtis : Footballing great shown how it is done

By Carl Curtis

So the rookies done what a footballing great couldn’t.

Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon played players in the correct positions today unlike Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who would regularly bemuse fans and probably his own players by playing the players out of position.

I was delighted to see the line up and how positive it was, seeing Daehli play in the pocket is something I have wanted to see all season, thought Daehli was excellent throughout the game and Sheffield Wednesday didn’t know how to contain him without putting two players on him when he was on the ball.

Craig Noone and Anthony Pilkington out wide is certainly what we want to see, I can see us getting stronger if that team today becomes a settled eleven.

Manga challenged every ball but did miss out on quite a few aerial challenges by mistiming his jumps and Sean Morrison, who did well to get his goal, looked suspect on a few occasions, he is too slow to recover a lost ball and needs to get his positioning and reading of the game right to overcome the shortfall of pace.

Kenwynne Jones did brilliant for Pilkington’s goal and is showing what an asset he is to the team.

The first fifteen minutes of the game was mainly Sheffield Wednesday in control but like at Derby last week, you could see that the City players knew their task and were sticking to it.

After that initial period City’s players started to get involved offensively and with Daehli coming to the forefront of all that was good about City it was no surprise that the opening goal came from a free kick that was awarded after Wednesday decided the only way to slow Matts down was to foul him.

When Wednesday equalised early in the second half, I was worried that we would lose the game, thinking the players were not confident enough to believe they could overcome conceding after recent defeats.

But the players showed character and timely substitutions by Young and Gabbs proved otherwise, the introduction of Ravel Morrison just after the hour pushed City further forward up the pitch and the debutants touches and skills were a lift for fans and players alike, I look forward to seeing more of Ravel Morrison, when he is match fit and the rest of our squad are, then there is hope for our club to move up this division.

It would be pleasing to see City go with the same formation on Tuesday at Brighton, the 4-5-1 has worked at home, albeit against an ordinary Sheffield Wednesday and I am sure it is a shape that can work away from home.

Well done to Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon today, they got the win we desperately needed and overall to take four points from six is remarkable coming off the back of two straight home defeats before Ole was replaced.