Wednesday night’s 2-0 home loss was the most disappointing yet in a run of results which began with a 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow in Russia before a 2-1 loss to West Ham in London. With the Manchester derby against United looming large on Sunday City must quickly rediscover their spark if they are to reverse the run. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart insists there is no need to panic about his side’s form after their winless run was extended to three matches with defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup. “I think we’ve set up a good basis but in the last two or three games we’ve stumbled a bit,” Hart said on Sky Sports News. “Looking back, the Moscow second half was really disappointing for us. West Ham was a hard game, a really hard game and people are going to struggle there. We know we can do better, we know we can do a lot better. “Then obviously the Capital One Cup was a trophy we were looking to defend and we were not up the standard we wanted to be and the manager didn’t shy away from that.” Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini said after the match that he was worried about an apparent “lack of trust and confidence” within his squad, but Hart played down the meaning of the phrase. “Those are keywords that he uses,” Hart said. “I don’t think they’re anything to be built on too much. We know what we are as a unit. Not everyone is exactly at their peak just now. We just need a few players, myself included, to step up and it will come back. “This is one of those difficult patches we’ve gone through many a time and as he pointed out, last season we had less points and were in a worse position (at this stage) and we won the league. We’ve got to look to things like that but the main thing is to get it right on Sunday.” Press Association
Both games get underway at 1.30. Our Lady’s Templemore take on Castletroy Community College in Toomevara while Nenagh CBS meet De La Salle Waterford in Toomevara. Most interest will probably centre on the fortunes of the two Tipp teams in the Dr Harty Cup Quarter-Finals.
Dethroned Central Regional Football Association chairman Martin N.S. Doe has rubbished the electoral process that saw his contender, Roy Arthur, elected as the region’s new chair.Arthur, a former CEO of BA United, secured 26 votes to beat Doe, who had 24 out of the total votes cast on Thursday.Doe was seeking for an EIGHTH term in office as representive of the region on the Ghana Football Association Executive committee. Now he says the electoral process was flawed.“The same people who nominated me also nominated Roy Arthur. I never saw the form and I even accosted the election committee chairman that it is improper for somebody to file in Accra when the elections are conducted in Cape Coast.”“It is also improper for somebody to go into an election not knowing the details of documents submitted by a candidate for that election. Roy is not a qualified candidate and for me he is not a worthy winner. We must maintain the sanctity of our regulations.”Doe then blamed the GFA’s Election Committee for his shocking defeat. “The process itself was flawed with all manner of irregularities. Oguaa United, a member of the association wrote to the GFA and the association never had the courtesy to respond to its letter. [They] followed it [up] and nothing came.”MNS Doe has hinted he will to go to court to prove that Roy Arthur was not qualified to stand for elections in the Central Region.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports