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Man City’s ‘Mr Unsung’ who doesn’t get the credit he deserves

FanCast guest columnist
Neil Aherne feels that Craig
Bellamy doesn't always get the respect that his performances deserve.

Nothing ever surprises me in football and Adebayor's
three match ban was just typical of the double standards that the authorities
adopt time after time in football. Perhaps Ade should have just stood up and
allowed Van Persie to scythe him down with his two footed chop that could have
resulted in a broken leg. The lack of consistency astounds me and another textbook
case of the perpetrator getting away with murder, why the intended victim takes
the rap – I know Ade was a fool to retaliate, but I am sure anyone else would
have done the same, given the severe provocation he was under.

Anyway what's done is done and we must move on from
it. It is such a shame that these events are what dominated the proceedings and
little attention was paid to the way we ripped an Arsenal side to shreds with a
wonderful display of attacking football. It was textbook stuff and to be honest
a large part of our good play was down to the performance of one Craig Bellamy;
a player who in my opinion doesn't get the appreciation and respect that he
clearly deserves.

Bellamy in truth has never let City down and has
always been a consistent performer when called upon. I believe in many ways the
lack of love shown to the Welshman was down in part to the disappointment we
all felt at missing out on Kaka in January and it seemed that Bellamy coming in
was little more than a poor Plan B. In many ways that may have been the case at
the time, as Hughes looked to strengthen in the final third, but we cannot
argue the contribution he has put in and the important goals he scored in the
second half of last season.

One thing that has impressed me about Bellamy is the
guts and courage of the man. Let's be honest he could have been forgiven for
looking to end his City career, given the array of attacking talent that was
brought in, however rather than cower, he decided to roll his sleeves up, fight
for his place at Eastlands and we are being rewarded with sublime displays,
where last Saturday, in particular, I personally felt he was the man of the
match. It is credit to this guy's professionalism; something that has been
questioned by many, in the game before.

Tomorrow is another important game and this time
Bellamy will be asked to take the lead role in attack in Ade's absence;
something that I am sure he'll relish and I am certain he won't disappoint – Bellamy,
to date, has yet to let us down in a City shirt, so I don't expect him to start

Come on City…


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