Martinez the master

Well, what do I know! Wigan produced one of the great cup final upsets today, but it must be said Manchester City simply did not turn up. Roberto Martinez won the tactical battle, playing three centre-backs and three midfielders, his players constantly backing off and forcing City inside, where they were, frankly, hopelessly ineffective.

To succeed against three central defenders you need to switch the play and exploit the space either side of the two wide defenders. City never came to terms with the challenge, with David Silva and, in particular, Yaya Toure so disappointing. And young Callum Mcmanaman ran rings around City’s Gael Clichy. Wigan actually only had the one on-target attempt, but what a goal it was from Ben Watson. City had a few goal attempts, but they had no tempo, no desire, from the start. I hate to say it, but it was the type of performance that gets managers the sack.

Not that I think that Mancini should go, not after delivering the Cup and the league title in the previous two seasons. He said that reports that he is to be replaced are rubbish and I hope he is right. Don’t forget, people even said Sir Alex Ferguson’s job was in danger in 1995, after Blackburn pipped Manchester United to the title and my Everton team beat them in the FA Cup final! But, if I was City manager today, I would be deeply alarmed by that display.