'THEY DIDN'T SHOOT ONCE' - PELLEGRINI FRUSTRATED WITH VILLA DRAW
The Etihad outfit were held at Villa Park but the
62-year-old thinks his players deserved more,
while bemoaning Wilfried Bony's injury
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was
frustrated to see his side drop points in a
0-0 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday, saying
his side deserved to claim a win.
The Premier League leaders hit the woodwork
through Aleksandar Kolarov and Fernando at
Villa Park, while Raheem Sterling felt he should
have been awarded a first-half penalty after a
challenge from Ciaran Clark.
Pellegrini insisted City fully deserved to beat
Villa, pointing to the fact that the league's
bottom club failed to register a shot on target in
new manager Remi Garde's first match in
"Of course we are frustrated â€“ we deserved to
win the game," the Chilean told Sky Sports .
"They didn't shoot once in the whole game at
our goalkeeper. These things happen in football
and we were unlucky not to score in the three
or four options [chances] that we had â€“ that
happens in football.
"I was very happy with the way we played,
especially in the second half with good pressing
"I think we started a little bit by waiting to find
out which kind of team we were playing - it can
be hard when you face a new manager and you
don't know the way they want to play. Then
finally we played really well in the second half
but didn't score."
Pellegrini was not surprised to hear Fabian
Delph booed when he came off the bench
against his former side, while he was reluctant
to discuss referee Craig Pawson's decision not
to award City a penalty.
He added: "I don't talk about it â€“ the referee
decides it is not a penalty so it is not a penalty.
"People will boo because fans never want
players to leave their team, but for Fabian it
was very important to try to continue improving
The 62-year-old conceded the loss of Wilfried
Bony to injury mid-way through the first half
scuppered his tactical plans, with Sergio Aguero
"Unfortunately Bony has that injury and it was
difficult for us to replace him without Kun
[Aguero]," Pellegrini concluded.
"Of course it is difficult when you lose your
striker in the beginning of a game that you need
him â€“ especially when you have so many
defenders inside the other box."
The Etihad outfit are joint-top of the Premier
League with Arsenal following the latter's 1-1
draw against Tottenham later on Sunday.
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