Date: 28th December 2014 at 9:48pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini was hugely disappointed at full time in our two all draw with Burnley earlier today, and he admitted that at two nil clear in the game the players probably got a little bit too complacent.

Speaking to the Official Site following the full time whistle, dropping two points clearly upset the manager, but he insisted we were still on track to defend our Premier League title.

‘Football has a lot of things that decide the score. We played well in the first half – we were 2-0 up – but in the first minutes of the second half, Burnley scored an offside goal and then they scored the second. I am not saying we were unfortunate. In the second half, they grew and we couldn’t keep the goal advantage.’

The gaffer went on to say that in the second period it was ‘clear’ that we struggled to keep the same intensity and the same focus, and as they got wind under their sails again, we struggled to step up the next gear to take control once more and ultimately that’s why we dropped the two points.

‘I don’t analyse individual performances. Burnley didn’t have too many chances to score but they scored the goals they needed. It was not the fault of one player. Winning 2-0, we thought the game was over but it is not finished until the last whistle. We couldn’t continue with the same pace.’

Pellegrini added that with two games in three days, it’s always difficult for any team to play with the same intensity, but especially so for us, because he felt the West Bromwich Albion pitch was particularly heavy and had really taken it out of us.

‘The game against Burnley was a chance to have two points more, but it was not a chance to win anything else. We have to play the rest of the season. We finished off the first half of the season with 43 points – a good amount. After you are winning 2-0, it is more disappointing to lose two points but we have the rest of the season to see who will be the best team.’

In injury news, he ended his interview by saying that Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure were missing and they will be assessed over the next 24 hours to see if they capable of a return for the New Year’s Day clash against Sunderland. Kompany was left out after feeling a problem in his calf, and Toure had felt something in his groin during the last game, so he decided not to risk him for this one as whilst it’s a small problem at the moment, playing so quickly again could’ve made it more major.

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