By William Wood | In Micah's Say
Micah Richards shared his thoughts on Manchester City’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Bolton Wanderers at the Reebox Stadium exclusively with MicahRichards.com, believing the hosts were deserving of their victory.
City arguably edged the first-half, with Stephen Ireland and Ched Evans forcing Jussi Jaaskelainen into saves, but two late goals eased Bolton out of the relegation zone and handed Mark Hughes’ men their fourth away defeat of the season.
Firstly, Ricardo Gardner connected with Gretar Steinsson’s cross to hand The Trotters the lead, before the goalscorer fired in a cross which Richard Dunne turned into his own goal, and Micah felt that Gary Megson’s side did enough to warrant the three points.
“In fairness I don’t think we did enough to win,” Micah said. “When you go away to Bolton you expect a physical encounter which is what it was, and I just don’t think we were at the races today so I can’t really argue with the result.”
For the second successive game, Hughes opted to use Micah at left-back, a role the 20-year old is only too happy to undertake when required.
“It’s always good to be versatile and playing left back allows me to show my versatility,” the England international continued.
“I enjoy playing anywhere on the pitch, and though sometimes it’s a little harder playing there than at right-back as I’m naturally right-footed, if it benefits the team then I’m happy to play there.”
Despite the loss, the Eastlanders still lie in tenth-place in the Premier League, and Micah is confident that his side can improve a run of away form that has seen them collect just four points from a possible 18.
“I think it’s just a phase we’re going through and I don’t think it’s anything in our mentality,” he added. “I just think we need to get a win away from home and there won’t be any problems.”
City now face four difficult looking league games, firstly against a rejuvenated Tottenham Hotspur side enjoying the honeymoon period following Harry Redknapp’s arrival, along with surprise package Hull City, Arsenal and Manchester United, but Micah remains confident the side will regain their composure.
“Right now we’re just taking each game as they come. Next up it’s Spurs at home, and while they seem to be on a good run, hopefully we can halt that and take the three points,” the powerful defender concluded.