Nobody expected that. Certainly not me, with my pre-match non-financial punt on a 1-0, 1-1... tight match. I even entered (to my shame) a 1-1 draw in the Predictions sheet I'm on with my mates. I don't count myself among them, let me make that clear, but surely not even the most fervent Blue - one of those who cannot accept any wrongdoing from Eastlands; one who sees nothing but goodness emanating from the club, despite the evidence before their eyes - would have thought that we would cream the Rags up the walls, all over the floor, and smack into the middle of next week with a 6-1 humiliation. But we did. What a fucking marvel.
'Not enough pictures of Ferguson's face' said the wonderful (even if he is a Newcastle supporter, and of course he couldn't resist tweeting a reminder that the Rags' biggest ever defeat was at the hands of the Geordies) Dolphin Hotel creator, Michael Hudson, and that pretty much summed it up for me. That, and the agonised expressions on the faces of Rio, Evra and the rest as the goals continued to rain on their sad little parade. I find it boring as hell to listen to all this 'balance of power' bullshit, and frankly don't see the point of it. Of course, with the resources at our disposal, we were sure in time to pose a threat to the existing world order, and now that morning appears to have dawned.
Amusing also for Chelsea to slip up against Barton, SWP and the rest under Neil Warnock, so things - for the moment at least - are looking up. As Bobby said, quite sensibly, though perhaps to the chagrin of some of the fans, let's keep our feet on the ground and focus on the fact that all this was about 3 points. Nothing more. Certainly not 6 - even though he must be fully aware of the psychological impact of such a convincing win.
In Balotelli, we really do have a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, City hero. A fruitcake of the highest order, who is at last showing some of the required form on the pitch as well as fuelling the South Stand songsters with his mad antics.
But Silva is pure mercury, without doubt among the very best players in the world at the moment, and his goal was as well deserved as any that have been scored. He is the catalyst that sparks the revolution.
CTID! Come on City! Come on City!