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Richard Dunne celebrates scoring City's second goal with teammates Vincent Kompany and Micah.

Richard Dunne celebrates scoring City's second goal of the game with Micah and co.

Sunday September 21, 2008Micah's say... Manchester City v Portsmouth

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

After an assured display in the heart of Manchester City’s defence during the 6-0 drubbing of Portsmouth, Micah spoke of his delight at the victory.

Harry Redknapp’s side have been tipped for a top-six finish this season after their FA Cup success last term, but they struggled to cope with a City side high on confidence and enjoying a new lease of life after the Abu Dhabi United Group completed their takeover of the club.

The goal-scorers, which included £32.4 million signing Robinho and fellow Brazilian Jo, drew the plaudits for their stunning display, but it was equally worthy of mention that City kept their third league clean sheet of the season.

On the comprehensive dismissal of Pompey, Micah said: “It was a good game and a good three points. Portsmouth had similar financial backing to us, but obviously we benefited more on the day.”

The 19-year old was rarely troubled by England internationals Jermain Defoe or Peter Crouch – both of whom have been in fine form for the South Coast outfit so far – though the perfectionist in the youngster saw him play down the performance.

“I played alright, but the most important thing was that we kept a clean sheet.”

And what of the club’s ambitions for the season following such a landslide victory against a side that many felt would be alongside City in the hunt for European qualification once again?

“The top six is a realistic target, but ask me the same question closer to the end of the season.”

The formalities of the takeover of City were completed at the weekend, with many more big-money buys expected to arrive at the City of Manchester Stadium over the next 12 months.

The financial strength the Eastlands club now possesses has already been flexed once, with the club spending upwards of £60 million before the close of the latest transfer window on 1st September, and fears that the squad would take time to settle appear to have been wide of the mark.

“The players that have come in are already proven and are just playing as expected – they have gelled really well.”