Vodacom Cup: Orlando Pirates FC 2 Manchester City FC 0, Aftermath

Perm VacationCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2009

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 16: Mark Hughes, Manchester City football club manager (C) poses with players Roque Santa Cruz (L), Carlos Tevez (2nd L), Steven Ireland (2nd R) and Gareth Barry after a Manchester City press conference at Emirates Palace on July 16, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jack Dabaghian /Getty Images for Etihad)

Player rating 0 - 9

Taylor 0               (Absolute shambles)

Tal Ben Haim 0    (Why on earth hes still in the first team mystifies me)
Garrido 0             (As usual useless)
Vidal 6                 (Played well but was isolated) 
Zabaleta 6           (played well but ineffective)

Mee 0                  (Midfielder used as a defender)

Weiss 9               (Tried with all his heart)
Johnson 0           (Fat and average)
Petrov 6              (Ineffective)
De Jong 6            (Second half sub, was all to late)
Ireland 6             (Ineffective)

Benjani 0             (Poor, no surprise)
Bojinov 6             (Tried but no luck on the day)
Bellamy 0            (Usual self)
Caicedo 0            (Second half sub, Poor, No surprise)

Mark Hughes 0    (Absolute disgrace)


Players that played no part:

Tevez, Cruz, Given, Onouha, Dunne,
Richards, Barry, Robinho, Elano,
Swp, Etuhu, Bridge, Logan, Schmeichel.

Any player not mentioned are injured.


Humiliated by an average but affective African football club, what on earth was Mark Hughes on, surely he has lost the plot?

The Orlando Pirates just pushed upfield and played Sunday League running around like crazed rabid cheetah's coming at us like freight trains.

There was no midfield powerhouse for City as Kompany is out injured and Gareth Barry benched, so the Pirates just went straight through the middle and down the right flank.

It is obvious the Pirates did their homework noticing that our weakest point was on the left so Garrido had to take the heat, on his own also as Petrov was defensively ineffective.

It was a lineup thrown together by an amateur football computer game manager, Hughes is definitely treating this Cup with little respect and is in turn doing no great favour to our growing reputation, I hate to think what the Africans think of us.

It was an utter disgrace, I am wondering what Carlos Tevez was thinking while in the stand watching.