Martin O’Neill highlights Cuellar’s challenge as the turning point of the game. That it came after only three minutes in such a dangerous position, is something no doubt he and his backroom staff will discuss with the team. Whether or not it was necessary at all will also be considered. Of just as much concern will surely be the ineffectiveness of the midfield and the lack of goalscoring opportunities created. Manchester City have strength in depth and a wealth of talent at their disposal but despite the endeavours of the Lads on the pitch in red and white, City were worthy winners. In his personal letter to Monsieur Salut the manager expresses his post match feelings …
I’m disappointed with the result and the performance, we should have done much better.
Manchester City can beat anybody and they can play like that on any given day, but we gave them a lot of room and time and maybe too much respect.
They are a fine side but we gave the ball away far too easily and it was hard to recover.
In the second half we tried to become more of an attacking threat but they got their second goal halfway through, giving them time to perform again, and eventually they were too strong for us.
We lost possession after just a couple of minutes, which led to the free kick and [Aleksandar] Kolarov is more than capable of scoring those type of goals.
That was the turning point in the game.
After Manchester City’s draw in midweek, they might have been feeling sorry for themselves, but we gifted them the opportunity to score after conceding that free kick.
However, we still should have been able to come back from that.
We didn’t have that many strikes on goal and the scoreline could have been much worse had it not been for Simon [Mignolet].
There are better sides than us that will come to the Etihad Stadium and be beaten, however, last season we were the only team take points from City here.
We were well short of that performance today.
All the best,