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The Anfield Draw Post Match Reaction

The Anfield Draw Post Match Reaction



Ordinarily across recent decades City would have come away from Liverpool delighted with a point. But not these days. Here's how the two gaffers saw City's sixth consecutive league draw...

Rafa Benitez:

Liverpool's beleaguered manager was defiant and pointed to his squad's injury woes in explaining away the result:

'We will finish in the top four when we get our injured players back. We had a shocking day with injuries. Glen was not happy with his calf and he had been limping a bit in training.

'We felt we could hang on, then they scored twice and we had to show great character to hit back at them to get the equaliser. We then had a couple of great chances at the end and could have won the game. You cannot be happy with a home draw, but to lose three players from your game plan is very difficult. And of course we had three players on the bench who have been for treatment in Belgrade and had not been training with the team.

'It is not easy to manage, but the reaction of the players was fantastic. You cannot ask for more from players in such a position. City have quality. But if we can improve and play at our top level, we will be in the top four.'


Mark Hughes:

City's manager was clearly disappointed at The Blues' latest failure to kill a side off from a winning position:

'We restricted Liverpool to a very few opportunities but the ones they did have, they scored from. But we restricted their influential players from having an impact on the game. We were good on the break and carried a real threat in the second period when Carlos Tevez came on.

'We had to chase the game, and Carlos gave us a real energy. We retained possession and got back from one-down to take the lead.
We had another winning position and let it slip. We were caught straight after we had scored and had several chances to clear the ball before Benayoun put it away.

'My players are disappointed, they had an opportunity to win. Scoring twice and getting a point at Anfield is something you would normally be happy with. Maybe we will be come the end of the season, but at the moment it feels like a chance missed.'

'Liverpool will be happy with a point, on the day they were not the better team so they should be happy with a draw. If you do not make too much of a positive impact on the game you feel happy with a point. I felt we merited more, given our second-half performance.'


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday November 21 2009
Time: 7:11PM

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Comments

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I still maintain we were too negative today and that Liverpool were there for the taking.
Johnny Baguette
21/11/2009 19:16:00
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you're right, you never started playing until you went a goal down!
merlin
21/11/2009 19:19:00
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The story of City of late is that we are needing to go a goal down to get going in a match. Benitez seems a bit sure of himself and his team going by those after match comments doesn't he?
Kevinho
21/11/2009 19:43:00
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liverpool were there for the taking, but we went to anfield and came away with a point which is something we would have taken before the match, so for me it's a point gained more so than 2 points lost as we cant defend at the moment...
cityman51
21/11/2009 19:45:00
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I agree fully JB and Kevinho, been saying that for a while. Surely hughes needs to do some rollicking now rather than say 'oh well we are doing well compared to last season' etc etc - time to be strong. As for our defence, the best defence for us is definitely attack, every time we take our foot off the gas/revert to hoofing and hoping we look weak. WINNING MENTALITY LADS!
darryl28
21/11/2009 21:55:00
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6 draws in a row! deserves some kinda award...anyway a draw at anfield should always be a good result for man city..i guess tevez is back to being super sub afterall. I still don't get why lescott causes at least one goal per match, is he trying to punish hughes for signing him? that 2nd l'pool goal? the ball was headed for a goal kick and he deflected it into yossi's path.
blueogre
21/11/2009 22:01:00
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We still maintain that fear factor when going up against the SKY4 so we have to change that mentality, but that is down to MH and to select a team to win the game instead of setting himself not to lose it, when it was clear that Liverpool are not the team of old and that we are more than a match for them these days. As the result against Arsenal and the travesty at the swamp shows quite clearly. It is alos obvious that we need to have a selltled defence and to play a man for man marking on set pieces as we conceded yet another goal from a free kick.
Buzz Lightyear
22/11/2009 09:54:00
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