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Davies: Pace of play could have won the game

DAVIES: City's Premier League 2 boss is excited for the Manchester Derby weekend ahead

DAVIES: City's Premier League 2 boss is excited for the Manchester Derby weekend ahead

Simon Davies insisted the pace of the Blues play in the second half of their Premier League 2 derby with Manchester United could have earned them the three points.

Brahim Diaz’s second half strike got City on level terms at the Etihad Stadium after Matthew Willock’s early goal had put United ahead.

The Blues continued to improve from that point and boss Davies believes it was the speed of the play that had the biggest impact.

He said: “We moved the ball a little quicker. We were too slow with our movement in the first half as coming out from the back we were taking too many touches and letting them settle a bit too easy.

“We changed our shape to press them slightly differently but the tempo of the game in the second half was much better and we created more chances.

“The majority were half chances rather than real chances though and we’re still learning about the decisions we need to make when playing against teams who keep a lot of players behind the ball.”

Davies also made three changes with Brahim Diaz, Demeaco Duhaney and Jacob Davenport coming on for Paolo Fernandes, Charlie Oliver and Marcus Wood respectively.

This lead to several positional and formational shifts for the players already on the pitch; something Davies sees as a crucial learning curve for his team.

“It’s important that the boys understand the role of everyone on the pitch so if they’re asked to do a different job then they understand it and what’s expected of them,” he said.

“The changes seemed to work and it gave us more options with players in better positions as the match wore on.”

Simon Davies’ side face Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday afternoon at the Academy Stadium. Visit the ticket office for more information.

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