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Scorer Micah strikes a balance

Richards scores

Richards scores

Micah Richards was caught in two minds after the see-saw 3-3 draw at the Reebok Stadium that saw the young England defender on the scoresheet alongside super striker Carlos Tevez.

Micah didn't know whether to celebrate his first goal since March - and that his only one of the season for City - or shake his head over Premier League strugglers Bolton "doing a Burnley".

The right back, who counts clean sheets rather than goals scored, admitted: "We're delighted to score three but disappointed to concede three. Credit to Bolton, they had a gameplan and pressed us from the start. They knew what they needed to do to try to stop us.

"Teams will raise their game against us. But we've got the quality in the dressing room, and it's up to us to do what we did against Arsenal and Chelsea the other week.

"After what happened, we're pleased to get the draw. It was a harsh decision to send Craig off. He went down genuinely, he didn't dive, but it's the referee's decision at the end of the day.

"In the circumstances we're delighted with the point - I think to come back from 3-2 down with ten men is the sign of a good team."

Richards, who only recently regained the right-back slot from Pablo Zabaleta, usually nicks his rare goals with a header at corners, not as the clinical finisher to a flowing move.

He smiled: "I saw Bellamy with the ball and made the overlap - he managed to pick me out and I was just delighted to get on the end of it. It's good to get a 'normal' goal!"

White Hart Lane is next as the Blues face one of their rivals for Europe. Micah said: "Tottenham have plenty of quality in the dressing-room just as we do, so we'll see what happens."

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