Men's Team

De Jong reflects on crucial role in Aguero’s 93:20 goal

Nigel De Jong has explained why he avoided the temptation to play a long ball in the build-up to Sergio Aguero’s title-winning strike against Queen’s Park Rangers.

The Dutch midfielder picked up play deep in the City half with Roberto Mancini’s men searching for the goal needed to seal our inaugural Premier League title.

But rather than getting the ball forward as soon as possible, De Jong remained patient in possession, eventually finding Aguero who had dropped into the midfield.

It would ultimately prove a wise decision, with the Argentine finding the net to round off the most dramatic Premier League finale in history.

Ahead of Friday’s ten-year anniversary of our 3-2 victory over QPR, De Jong has looked back on his role in our famous stoppage time goal.


“I remember looking at the clock when we scored at 2-2 and QPR kicked it long straight from kick-off. I took the ball from Joleon (Lescott), and I remember driving into the midfield,” he said.

“My first initial thought was I’d play it wide because David Silva was out on the right side.

“When you won the ball in a certain area you had to give it to two players: it was either Sergio (Aguero) of David. They were creative and could do something in that part of the pitch.

“I was going to pass to David but then I saw Sergio dropping off, and I was thinking: ‘what is he doing so deep?’, but I knew if I passed it to him, he could be creative.

“He made the one-two with (Mario) Balotelli and then when the ball came back to him in the box, I remember the tackle that (Taye) Taiwo did on his ankle. I was thinking ‘go down! Why have you not gone down?!

“It was a clear penalty, but he was so persistent in scoring that he didn’t even check. If you see the replays, his ankle flips about 45 degrees. It was ridiculous.”

Having evaded the challenge of Taye Taiwo, Aguero’s match-winning strike ensured a 44-year wait for the English top flight title was over.

And De Jong believes our famous Premier League triumph will remain one of the most dramatic ends to a campaign for years to come.

He said: “When Aguero scored it was a blur, the emotions came out because you knew that was it.


“I don’t think we’ll ever see a dramatic finish like that again in the coming years.

“You couldn’t write it. We never lost a home game that season, QPR never won an away game that season, so for them to lead at the potential champions of England (was incredible).

“When Sergio scored the whole stadium erupted. I saw grown men crying and hugging, it was a fantastic moment.”