How Manchester City's Twitter-based supporters reacted to the Ivorian striker's display in the 2-0 home win.
Manchester City recorded a much-needed 2-0 home win over Leicester City in Wednesday night’s Premier League clash, with Wilfried Bony making his first start for the club since a £28 million January move.
The Ivorian striker couldn’t get on the scoresheet at the Etihad Stadium, however, as David Silva put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time, before James Milner sealed the result two minutes from time to help them recover from the weekend’s damaging defeat to Liverpool.
While Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to drop Vincent Kompany understandably received most of the headlines, Bony’s full debut earned plenty of attention too, as he partnered Sergio Augero up top ahead of the in-form Edin Dzeko.
The imposing front man showed early promise, seeing a header cleared off the line by Esteban Cambiasso, but also missed two good chances to open his Blues account, and was involved in controversy when he dragged down Jeffrey Schlupp in the area.
The incident went unpunished but it seemed to sum up what was an up and down evening for City’s new star signing, full of flashes of brilliance but also with filled with plenty of moments of frustration, as just one of his six shots hit the target.
That was very much reflected in the Twitter reaction among supporters after the match, with the general sentiment towards his first real taste of action for the club decidedly mixed.
If you think Bony had a bad game last night you shouldn't watch football! #mcfc— Dave Wilson (@WimpyTweets) March 5, 2015
Bony received a lot of stick yesterday but keep in mind it was his first start, be patient & give the lad time, sure he will do well. #MCFC— MANCHESTER BLUES (@ElkunSid_96) March 5, 2015
Buying Wilfried Bony reminds me of when Kappa Sportswear 1st came out. Cool 4 about 6 mth, then we realised it was 4 Italian Gypsies. #MCFC— Jamie Morrall (@JamieMorrall83) March 4, 2015
Felt sorry for bony tonight done everything but score the lad did #mcfc— Ray Carroll (@BlueRay_90) March 4, 2015
Wilfried Bony is looking half the player he was at swansea! #MCFC— Danny Crowe (@DannyCrowe) March 4, 2015
Bony needs time to prove himself, but still think 28 million could have been put to better use. He's a level below what we need IMO #MCFC— Heisenburger (@Hburger_mcfc) March 4, 2015
Bony's movement was brilliant and once he gets one the floodgates will open, no doubt about it. #MCFC— Aguero3 (@Aguero310) March 4, 2015
Bony was unlucky but can't say he didn't put any effort in! #mcfc— Carl Tilson (@tilson09) March 4, 2015
Not going to worry yet but Bony needs to get better fast #mcfc— Anthony LLoyd (@alloyd83) March 4, 2015
I'm afraid such substitution desicions might destroy Bony's confidence. #MCFC— Niazy (@Niazy_5406) March 4, 2015
Not bad for Bony's first start.— Jordan Agüero (@NaturallyKatz) March 4, 2015
For me Bony was stellar produced a threat and especially an AERIAL one which we need #MCFC— Stephen Kun Agüero (@Stephen_larjr) March 4, 2015
Just the finish missing from Bony tonight - made a real nuisance of himself. Goal would top off a promising performance nicely. #mcfc— Mark Booth (@markbooth_mcfc) March 4, 2015
It's only Bony's first start!!— Tams (@Bluemoongals) March 4, 2015