Interesting to read the thoughts of a Manchester City fan over at Bitter and Blue. Mark Hughes has come in for plenty of criticism already after the game yesterday and there’s the inevitable – although, probably inaccurate – speculation about his future.

They aren’t too happy at The Lonesome Death of Roy Carroll (what a wonderful name for a blog) either. The fact that three of our eight away league wins since the start of 2005-06 have been at the City of Manchester City stadium gets a mention there too.

I do hope City get through on Thursday and go on to have an improved campaign next season. Every time I’ve been to watch Fulham at City (be it at Maine Road or at their new stadium), I’ve had a great day win or lose. The pre and post-match drinks with the City fans have always been good fun and they strike me as a knowledge football crowd. They have loyal, long-suffering fans – witness their gates when they dropped into the Second Divisoon a few years ago – who deserve more than false dawns.