Pellegrini praises substitutes

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praised his substitutes after his side's 4-2 win at Fulham.

Last Updated: 22/12/13 at 08:54 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Manager praised substitutes after Fulham win

Manuel Pellegrini: Manager praised substitutes after Fulham win

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany gave City a 2-0 half-time lead, but Kieran Richardson and a bizarre Kompany own goal made it 2-2 after 70 minutes.

Substitutes Jesus Navas and James Milner then sealed the win for City, with two late goals five minutes apart.

"I thought that we had to change something," said Pellegrini regarding the substitutions.

"When we were winning 2-0 we were still playing well, but we still had a lot of fortune.

"When we were 2-2 I thought that I must change something because I thought we were not going to win the way we are playing.

"Our creative players were tired, so we have an added option.

"Milner gives another style of play but scored an important goal for the win."

The Chilean also hailed City's away form, something which was questioned at the start of the season after losses to Cardiff City and Aston Vila.

"There are a lot of reasons why you can win or you can lose away or at home," said Pellegrini.

"I think it is important for this team not to be overthinking that we cannot win away because we won two games in the Champions League, won two games in the Capital One Cup, and from the last three games we've won two and drawn one playing away.

"Maybe it's impossible to play exactly the same as we do at home, but I think that it's improving and that's why we are winning."

Looking ahead to hectic Christmas schedule which sees them play Liverpool at home on Boxing Day, Pellegrini said: "I think it's a massive game for both Liverpool and for us.

"We hope we can continue playing excitingly and scoring the same amount of goals that we are doing at home."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Koeman: Utd Schneiderlin bid 'not serious'

Ronald Koeman says Southampton are yet to hear back from Manchester United since rejecting a bid for Morgan Schneiderlin that "wasn't serious".

Benzema facing uncertain future at Real

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly planning to play Cristiano Ronaldo as a lone striker in a move which could sideline Karim Benzema.

Torino confirm offers for United target

Torino president Urbano Cairo says the club have received three bids for Italy right-back and reported Manchester United target Matteo Darmian.

Mail Box

Van Persie: Really Expensive Wallpaper

He was bought to cover the cracks that nearly brought down the house, says one Man United fan. We also have mails on Brendan, the WWC, Aguero and...

Farewell Robin, You Were Wonderful

One Mailer looks back fondly at Robin van Persie's time at Old Trafford as he nears the exit. Plus Turkish delights, being inspired, David Ospina, handballs & decisions...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company