The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 3 - 0 C Palace

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Toure: Time for tough men

Yaya Toure has called on his Manchester City team-mates to show their mettle after Sunday's 3-2 derby defeat to fierce foes Manchester United.

Last Updated: 10/12/12 at 22:27 Post Comment

Yaya Toure has told his Manchester City team-mates now is the time for "tou

Yaya Toure has told his Manchester City team-mates now is the time for "tou

Robin van Persie's stoppage-time winner ended the defending champions' 37-match unbeaten home record in the Premier League and left them six points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the title race.

The result deepened the gloom around the Etihad just days after an ignominious UEFA Champions League exit at the group stage but Toure remembers last season's dramatic denouement, when his side recovered from eight points behind with only six games left.

"This makes us more determined to win it," Toure said. "We are tough men, and when things get difficult, that is when you find the tough men.

"Last year was fantastic. But we have to forget what we have done in the past.

"We have to realise that sometimes you have a bad time. When you are at the top everybody wants to take you down. We have to be strong and work harder to turn this around.

"This year will be hard but we have a fantastic squad and we have the confidence to keep going until the final day."

City had displayed United-esque powers of recovery as they cancelled out a 2-0 deficit with just minutes remaining so Van Persie's deflected winner made defeat even more galling.

"It was a dagger in the heart - unbelievable," Toure added. "We thought we would win it at 2-2, but United have great experience.

"We have to be strong mentally, and strong in every other way as well, because the Premier League is not finished yet."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m only commenting on this (I don't care about Liverpool) because F365's twitter said I had call Matt Stanger a tw*t (which I don't agree with anyway) but I just wanted to be the first. Am I the first?

tk421
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

Footer 365

Premier League: Martin Skrtel's late header earns Liverpool 2-2 draw with Arsenal

A 97th-minute bullet header from defender Martin Skrtel earned Liverpool a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.

Transfer news: Labour MP Iain Wright warns Hartlepool against signing Ched Evans

Labour MP Iain Wright has told Hartlepool to "think again" over their interest in signing convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Premier League: Neil Warnock blasts officials after Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at Man City

Neil Warnock said the decision to disallow a Crystal Palace goal in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was "disgraceful".

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property