Pellegrini: We relaxed early

Manuel Pellegrini admitted his Manchester City players took their foot off the gas in the 3-2 win at West Brom.

Last Updated: 05/12/13 at 12:20 Post Comment

City led by three goals going into the final few minutes after Sergio Aguero's early opener and a goal in each half from Yaya Toure, the second of which came from the spot.

But Costel Pantilimon's own goal and an injury-time strike from substitute Victor Anichebe gave the scoreline a closer look and Pellegrini acknowledged that his team might have relaxed too soon.

"It was not as close a game as the scoreline says," said the City boss, who must have been relieved to see his team show some away form after four defeats on the road. "But perhaps all of us were thinking about the next game.

"We didn't plan to go more defensive but I think the game was more easy than we'd thought so we became more relaxed in the final minutes.

"They scored two goals in the last four minutes and so the scoreline says 3-2 but I think we had more of an advantage than that."

Vincent Kompany returned to the team after an injury-hit season thus far and Pellegrini welcomed seeing his star defender back on the pitch.

"He's a very important player for us," added the Chilean. "He's our captain. He played with no problem and we gave him the 90 minutes."

Meanwhile, Aguero's neat finish took him to 17 goals for the season and Pellegrini had a word of praise for the Argentine forward.

"Sergio is playing very well," he said. "It's an important amount of goals but more important is for the team to win.

"That's why I subbed him today because we have to play another game in less than 72 hours against another strong team in Southampton."

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

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

England name team to face Norway and John Stones will start

John Stones has been named in England’s starting line-up for Wednesday night’s friendly against Norway.

International friendly: England v Norway preview

Team news for Wednesday's international friendly clash between England and Norway at Wembley (kick-off 8pm).

England captain Wayne Rooney 'looks chubby', says Norway's Vegard Forren

Norway defender Vegard Forren says England captain Wayne Rooney “looks a bit chubby”.

Mail Box

Reasons To Feel Positive At Spurs...

They didn't complete any big deals on deadline day, but that doesn't mean Spurs fans should be down about their hopes this season. Plus, United fans say farewelbz...

Danny Welbeck - Yes, No And Maybe

And understandably busy Mailbox with the instant reactions with those happy and sad on their club's transfer dealings. On Welbeck, Arsenal, United, Spurs and loans...

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