Football Snapshot: Man City Fans ‘Do The Poznan’ vs Notts County

Chris Wright

21st, February 2011


By Chris Wright

Man City fans perform their Lech Poznan-inspired goal celebration

Despite taking to the field with £52 million’s worth of strikers, Man City found themselves indebted to 34-year old, free-transfer signing Patrick Vieira for getting the ball rolling against Notts County in the FA Cup Fourth Round replay at Eastlands yesterday afternoon.

After weathering a fairly precarious opening 20 minutes, in which County hit the post through Karl Hawley and found themselves going tit-for-tat with a side situated 59 league places above them, the game duly levelled out and City finally went ahead just before half-time courtesy of a deflected near-post header from Vieira.

With City’s expensively-assembled frontline of Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko struggling to make in-roads, Vieira then headed home his side’s second goal 15 minutes after the restart though, during the course of the melee, Balotelli suffered a cringe-inducing clash of heads with Krystian Pearce and was substituted for Carlos Tevez immediately – though Roberto Mancini later stated that it was always his intention to replaced the petulant Italian after an hour, concussed or otherwise.

Despite being bleary-eyed and playing his first football for nearly two months after recovering from a knee injury, Balotelli still saw fit to remonstrate at being replaced, muttering in Mancini’s direction before throwing his snood to the ground and marching down the tunnel – thus lending further credence to the argument that he is just not worth the hassle.

Patrick Vieira heads home his and Man City’s second goal of the afternoon

Tevez’s introduction afforded City the edge on which they’ve so readily come to rely and, as the game entered it’s final five minutes, the Argentinian forward added his name to the scoresheet – outsprinting the County defence, flitting past keeper Stuart Nelson and rolling the ball into the vacant net to make it 3-0.

Substitute Carlos Tevez makes it three for Man City

City added a further two late goals (Dzeko, ’89 and Micah Richards, ’90+1) that owed more to the County defence’s pervading fatigue than anything else – with a 5-0 scoreline flattering a star-laden side that were able to do nothing more than play utterly formulaic football and wait for their League One opponents to wilt physically.

Boring, boring Man Citywho, incidentally, will now play Aston Villa in the Fifth round on March 2nd ahead of a potential quarter-final tie against Everton or Reading later in the month.

Any thoughts?

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  1. K P V says:

    Follow me on twitter @andrewabrahim yall, football punditry at its finest

  2. Jimbo says:

    considering they were all taking the p!ss out of poznan for doing this in the first place, it’s kind of sad that they copy it.
    empty stadium as well, embarrassing

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  4. Snap This says:

    The ‘Poznan’ as you like to call it is done all over Africa and has been for ages. bloemfontein celtic are a prime example quit calling it after a rubbish team from a rubbish nation – its an awesome way of supporting sad that man city are allowed anywhere near it

  5. Leon Trotsky says:

    Poznan is a city, not a club’s name, so “do the Poznan” sounds rather ridiculous. If they had copied their celebration from Tottenham, would they be doing London?

  6. Anonymous says:

    you people are really sad, city fans have always been unique in supporting our club for example it was city who brought the idea of the inflatable era in 1989. if you dont believe search it.
    the poznan celebration is a great way of getting the fans to have a great time and properly support your club.
    it’s sad that 12 year old kid said its sad that city are doing it evan though he likes it, a typical united fan who is obsessed about city and is jelous of our support. get a grip
    MCFC CTID 35 years and were still here. << always remember that. and also we sold out maine road every week in division 2! end of discussion and thats 38 thousand.

  7. your mum says:

    sanp you twat there is only one Poznan wave no one cares about Africa there a shit continent.

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