columnist Rob Facey wonders what Manchester City fans must think
of their erratic form this season after last night's defeat at the Riverside.
Mark Hughes may be starting to fear for his job security
after yet another defeat was inflicted upon his Man City side last night,
despite having more than enough chances to retrieve something from the match.
Hughes was furious at the decision to award Boro a
contentious penalty, slamming the referees display in the process, but the
result simply proves that money can't buy you anything.
"I think most people's opinion on the night is
that his (the referee's) performance was average, if that," Hughes said after the match, as reported on Sky Sports.
"It was a strange performance by him but at
the end of the day we need to convert our chances and we weren't able to do
"I am disappointed because we had had a great
performance at the weekend."
can a dodgy penalty really cover over the cracks in what has been a series of
patchy performances from Man City this season?
They have a tricky fixture at Bolton on Sunday but the
result of the game is uncertain.
This is exactly the
problem, Man City are so hit and miss this season it is hard to judge where
they will end up.
They are the top
scorers in the Premier League, yet find themselves in 8th position,
but in reality they are closer to the bottom of the table than the top.
Robinho, Wright-Phillips and Sturridge all had chances to
salvage something for City and Hughes will be ruing their misses.
If Man City don't start picking points up soon then it is
not beyond the realms of reality that Hughes will be ordered to pack his bags.
Just what the Abu Dhabi Group have in mind is anyone's
guess, but if their managerial shortlist is anywhere near as fanciful as their
player wish list then Hughes will be hoping his expensively assembled side can
do him a favour this weekend.
What can Hughes do to stabilise the club? Or is the erratic
nature just a natural aftershock of the sensational takeover?
Will Hughes be given time to try and turn things around, or
must the results come thick and fast if he is to cement his job as manager?
What do Manchester City fans must think of their erratic
form this season after last night's defeat at the Riverside?