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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Thompson bemoans smash and grab defeat


Wasteful City shocked by Glovers

A dejected Steve Thompson at the final whistle

Promotion chasing Manchester City were dealt a major blow on Saturday night as they slipped to a shock defeat against struggling Burton Albion at the Etihad Stadium. The result leaves City's title hopes hanging by a thread with just 7 league fixtures remaining with the gap between them and current league leaders Northampton Town now at 7 points.

City fell behind inside the first minute through Burton leading scorer RubĂ©n CASTRO 0-1. City laid siege on the Burton goal but keeper Kenneth Vermeer was in inspired form making a number of crucial saves which enabled his side to enter the break 0-1. 

The second half started as the first finished with the home side in the ascendancy but this time the pressure paid off as the game was levelled thanks to some quick reactions from City top scorer Lionel MESSI who prodded home from close range after a save from Vermeer 1-1. 
City continued to pile forward and Vermeer continued to keep them at bay and just as it looked as though the game would be heading for a draw Burton grabbed a late winner on 89 minutes to stun the 34,000 plus inside the Etihad the goal coming from Spanish midfielder Francisco PORTILLO 1-2. That proved to be the last action of the game as Burton claimed what could be a vital 3 points come the end of the season whilst City must be wondering just how they had come away with nothing. FULL TIME 1-2.

After the match a dejected City Boss Steve Thompson give his thoughts on the result

"Where do you begin with that result. Effectively two lapses in concentration at the beginning and the end of the game has cost us. We have created enough chances to win two matches but once again that ruthless edge that i spoke about previously just wasn't there although their keeper has has a superb game to go along with it. 
We can't allow ourselves to get too downbeat about this result. We take the good points away with us and then review the two goals and see what we can do better, every point is vital now we just have to approach every game like a cup final and see where it takes us come the end of the season.

We are back on the road next with a trip to the West Ham, they have not had the season they would have liked but they are a dangerous team to play and we will pay them the ultimate respect. Nial their manager is a bit of a legend down there. He has a very healthy points per game average and i expect them to be up there next season"


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