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Boss rues missed chance at Anfield

Hughes concentrates

Hughes concentrates

Mark Hughes has reflected on what he thinks was an opportunity missed at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

City fought back from a goal down to take the lead when Stephen Ireland slid the ball home with 15 minutes left, but with 60 seconds the hosts had levelled through Yossi Benayoun.

That makes it six draws in a row for the Blues, and while a point at Anfield keeps City ahead of Liverpool, the boss could not hide his regrets at the final result.

He said, “To be perfectly honest we are a little bit disappointed, because it was a game we felt quite comfortable in. We restricted them to very attempts on goal in the first half and we looked dangerous on the break.

 

I’m sure we’ll look back and view it as a good result because we are taking points off teams around us. That’s what we have to do, and it is only a matter of time before start winning again.

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“But in the second half we have not defended a ball into our box, and it was one of the few times they got the ball into a good area against us. We had to make a change, but the intention was always to bring Carlos on, and I felt around the hour was the right time. I thought he was excellent when he came on, he gave us a real spark up front and carried the fight to them.

“We got our noses in front but there is a sense of disappointment because there was an opportunity missed here today and I felt that Liverpool were there for the taking.

“I’m sure we’ll look back and view it as a good result because we are taking points off teams around us. That’s what we have to do, and it is only a matter of time before start winning again, because if we show the qualities we did today then it will happen. I was pleased with the general performance, we have switched off a couple of times but overall I thought it was a good display.”

The Manager also confirmed that Kolo Toure was forced off by tightness in the back, which allowed Nedum Onuoha to make his first appearance of the season.

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