VMC's Some Might Say: Kompany Integrity Intact
City's much fanfared 38 year wait to win at Arsenal which ignored the club's many years in lower divisions is over. Post match reaction to an invaluable win in Norf Laandaarn Taarn...
...clearly this result meant a lot to Mancio's resurgent men.
'It was not a sending off - I have seen the TV replays and Vincent goes in with his left foot with his right foot trailing behind. It was absolutely not a red card...I think the referee made a big mistake
with that decision, even though I think he had a very good game otherwise.
'It was a good result for us because Arsenal are a very good team. We started very well today, which is important. We had an advantage early on because they had a man sent off, which I think was the correct decision, but it is important you score a goal after that and we did...we had three or four chances to kill the game after the break but were too soft at times...we need to take these opportunities when they come along. This was the only disappointing thing.
'We played well after Vincent went off as we have done against Norwich and West Brom when we were also reduced to ten men and won so that was pleasing.'
'It's a terrific result...it's very, very pleasing. We're delighted with the performance. We started the game off very well. We'll look at the sending off in greater detail before we do anything about it. But you've just got to get on with it. This is what we've got the squad for. We'll deal with the Vincent thing tomorrow...We can only keep taking points and see where it puts us. This is a huge result.'
'I felt we were a bit too timid at the start with not enough authority. We let them dictate the game to us in the first 10 minutes and we were punished. From then on, it became difficult, but in the second half we had a good response and we had a chance to come back, but we didn't.
'...I was surprised by the decision but I've heard it was a penalty. We have to live with the decision and it doesn't mean that you have to lose the game. I felt we gave two cheap goals away and when you are down to 10 men, if you keep it 0-0, you never know...I feel we are a bit nervous at home and lack that authority that makes you strong, especially at the start of the game.'
'This is a tough place to come and we have not had much success in this fixture over the years so we wanted to put that right today and travel home with three points, which we did...I found a pocket of space to run into and it was a great ball from Carlos who found me and I just thought - why not?
'The penalty and the red card was the right decision and though I didn't score I just told myself I had to work even harder and make sure I scored when I got another chance, which I did...of course, I am happy but the most important thing is that the team is winning and challenging to retain our title.'
'The team worked very hard. It was an important three points for us in continuing to go forward. It was good to make some history, but the most important thing was to win the game. Arsenal played a lot of long balls in the second half and we had to be strong in the air.'
CITY ON TWATTER:
'First. Massive congrats to our team and fans, great game! Also. No grudges against the referee, I understand the difficulty of the job. :-)
'About the tackle: If the ball is overrun by the opponent and a 50/50 challenge occurs, collision is inevitable.
'Ultimately I'm a defender: Appeal may work or not. I will never pull out of a challenge, as much as I will never intend to injury a player.
'Finishing on a positive: It's about the team and our team looks strong at the moment. We need to maintain this level of performance. :-)'
'I really enjoyed to see my mates playing, although I always suffer a little when I watch the match from outside. Great victory! C'mon City!!'
'Great result and the whole team perfermance was great! Another 3 pts to move on to the next game! Well done boys @MCFC.'
'Great to get 3 points today but more buzzing about being trending. Haha, only joking, at least the fans got there money's worth.'
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