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Defeat Hard To Take


10:19 2nd September 2013

Curtis Davies admitted Saturday’s defeat at Manchester City was a hard one to take.

Earning plenty of praise for their performance, the Tigers showed no fear against their big-spending opponents at the Etihad Stadium but were eventually beaten 2-0 with an Alvaro Negredo header and a 90th-minute Yaya Toure free kick taking the game away from them.

However, it was the display of Steve Bruce’s side that grabbed the headlines and Davies feels the fact that the Tigers came away feeling that they deserved to take something against one of the title favourites is a positive in itself.

“It was hard to take if I’m honest,” said Davies.

“With the Chelsea game on the opening day of the season, they came flying out of the blocks and we were lucky to only be 2-0 down and then we got into the game.

“On Saturday at Manchester City, we had a good foothold in the game from the first minute onwards. We played some good football and with some cuter finishing and maybe some slightly better decisions we could have been one or even two goals up early on.

“To come away from there disappointed shows the level that we played to. We know what we can do, but we knew they would come out with a point to prove, so we knew that we had to start quickly to put them on the back foot and we did that.

“They eventually got into the game, but we probably had the better chances in the first half and were unlucky not to come in one-nil up.

“Taking those chances is going to be a key factor this season. The punishment factor in the Premier League is the biggest thing, so if you get one or two chances some clubs have players that will take those one or two chances. We just need to start converting those one or two chances we’re going to get because at places like Manchester City, you’re not going to get many, whether you’re Chelsea, Manchester United....whoever you are.

“For us to create the chances we did early on Saturday, it’s disappointing not to be on the scoresheet.

“After going behind, we didn’t wilt and we made a good fist of trying to get back into it. The second goal at the end was a bit of a sucker punch to take.

“To come away disappointed is a positive because it shows we’re moving in the right direction.”

The international break means the Tigers are not back in action until September 14th when Cardiff City are the visitors to the KC Stadium and Davies says the focus will now be on trying to secure three points on home soil.

“We know that it’s going to be important to win our home games,” added Davies.

“The one home game we’ve had so far we managed to win. We’ve got Cardiff coming up next and those are the games we need to aim to win.

“A win against Manchester City would have been magnificent, but we need to be looking to beat the teams that are going to be in and around our end of the table.

“Hopefully we can get three points against Cardiff after the international break and push back up the table.”

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