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Captain's Comments: Manchester City

18 November 2016

 condolences to all those affected by the tram accident in Croydon last week. On behalf of all of the whole squad I would like to pass on our collective 

It was terrible to hear the news and we will be aiming to put in a performance to try and get a result in their memory. Everyone at the club was distraught to learn of what happened, and if we can do something small like getting a win today to help people cope slightly better, then we’ll be trying our best this afternoon.

Last time out here at Selhurst I made my return from injury against Liverpool, and from a personal perspective it was great to get back out onto the pitch, but the result wasn’t what we wanted. It was a bit of a strange game; they started really well and we couldn’t get out of our half but the goals we conceded weren’t necessarily from their great play and instead down to our small mistakes, which was very frustrating.

The two times we got into their box in the first half we ended up scoring, and then in the second half we were a lot better and put more pressure on the ball and created quite a few chances, but unfortunately we conceded a fourth which killed the game.

We then travelled to Burnley and conceding two goals so early in a big game away from home wasn’t great, but the character and the spirit shown to get back into it is what we need week in, week out.

Christian managed to get the equaliser from the penalty spot, and after he missed his last one against West Ham, the sooner another came along the better. We all had confidence in him as soon as he stepped up again, and thankfully he put the ball in the net. Hopefully there’s many more to come.

The way we lost the game was tough to take, especially having been two goals down and looking the more likely to win it. With the set-play, we were all up the pitch and when they broke we were a little bit short at the back. To concede so late in the game with virtually no time to get back into it was difficult, but having said that, we went up the other end nearly scored another equaliser when Andros hit the post, but there’s a lesson to be learned there. When you look back, perhaps we should have just taken a point.

Today sees Manchester City and all their star players come to Selhurst, and days like today is why everyone wants to play in the Premier League. You want to test yourselves against the best players and City certainly have plenty of those in their squad.


It’s going to be a really tough game as they have a lot of quality all over the pitch, so we’ll have to make sure that we cut out the mistakes we have been making in previous games and put in a top performance if we’re going to get anything out of the game.

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