‘Cheap goals’ cost Manchester City: Kolo Toure slams defensive display as Blues fail to earn first clean sheet

By Dean Wilkins

‘Cheap goals’ given away by careless defending cost Manchester City the chance to progress to the next round of the League Cup, Kolo Toure admitted yesterday.

The Blues were taken to extra time by Aston Villa despite Roberto Mancini’s men taking the lead twice during the 90 minutes – Paul Lambert’s men bagged twice in the additional 30 minutes to send the Premier League champions crashing out.

And after two late goals cost them a win at the Bernabeu, and a late strike from Arsenal snatched two points from their hands on Sunday, Mancini was left infuriated by conceding two goals in extra time.

The Ivory Coast international Toure admits that having not yet registered a clean sheet this season – conceding 16 in eight games – is a big concern for the club.

“It was a disappointing night,” said the 31-year-old. “The team didn’t play well. We conceded four goals, which is not good, and we gave some cheap goals to Villa as well.

“It concerns us because a team like City cannot expect to concede four goals at home.

“Since the season started we have not had a clean sheet and that is very important when you want to be a top club, you have to defend better as a team.

“As a defender and as a group we have to work on it because mistakes were done by a few players and when you win it is everybody so when you lose it is everybody.”

And after having been forced to take a back seat role in the Blues season, Toure is frustrated to have let his first-team opportunity slip.

“It is disappointing to go out,” he added in an interview with CTV. “For us we don’t have a lot of games to play in and this was a chance to have a few games but we’ve wasted that.

“I think it is going to be hard maybe to play now but we will work hard to try to get a chance to play in the Premier League.”

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