Keegan Bemoans City Profligacy   Back To Manchester City
Manchester City, Sunday November 30 2003

Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan was left to rue a host of missed chances following Sunday's 1-0 loss at home to Middlesbrough.

 The Blues continued the barren spell in front of goal which has now stretched to more than seven hours, with Robbie Fowler and Paulo Wanchope the main culprits as the hosts dominated the game from start to finish.

"I have never been involved in a game like that," Keegan said after the match.                   

"They didn't have a shot or a corner, yet they have got the three points. It was an incredible match and it is hard to believe the result. Chances have gone begging at the end but I don't think the players could have given me any more."

Boro scored the winner when Chinese defender Sun Jihai put the ball past his own keeper from Gaizka Mendieta's cross, but the boss refused to lay the blame on the player.

"It isn't an issue," he added. "As far as I am concerned he is completely blameless. There was no way he could do anything about it. It was just a bizarre own goal."

The visitors continued their amazing run of late, with the result moving them into the top half of the table for the first time this season.

Boss Steve McClaren admitted: "We didn't play well but we got something to defend and did it magnificently.

"It was a performance of true character and both Gareth Southgate and Colin Cooper were superb, as they have been all season," he added in reference to their five clean sheets on the trot.

"People were writing us off as relegation candidates when we only got one point from our first five games. But that is seven wins from 11 games now and I believe there is still more to come."

Man City: Stuhr-Ellegaard, Jihai (Fowler 66), Dunne, Distin, Sommeil, Wright-Phillips, Reyna, Barton (Sibierski 74), Sinclair, Anelka, Wanchope.
Subs Not Used: Schmeichel, Wiekens, McManaman.

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Mills, Southgate, Cooper, Queudrue, Doriva (Greening 36), Boateng (Nemeth 73), Mendieta, Zenden, Ricketts (Riggott 83), Juninho Paulista.
Subs Not Used: Nash, Maccarone.

Attendance: 46,824                                                             Back To Manchester City

Referee: M Riley (W Yorkshire).