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Thursday October 30, 2008Micah's Say... Middlesbrough v Manchester City

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Manchester City suffered their fifth defeat of the season courtesy of a 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, and Micah gave his thoughts on the match exclusively to MicahRichards.com.

Mark Hughes’ men started the brighter of the two sides, with in-form Robinho going close to his seventh goal of the season early on before Stephen Ireland tested Ross Turnbull from the edge of the penalty area.

However, that was as good as it got for the visitors as the home side began to establish themselves in the clash, and they were rewarded for their efforts when referee Lee Mason pointed to the penalty spot after a foul on David Wheater.

Afonso Alves duly converted, and with Gary O’Neil compounding City’s misery with a goal on the break late on, Micah was left frustrated with the visitor’s inability to seize on their opportunities.

“It’s always disappointing to lose,” Micah told MicahRichards.com. “We had a lot of good goal scoring chances and we didn’t take any of them.
In the Premiership, if you don’t take your opportunities you get punished and that’s what happened today.”

“They took their chances and we didn’t and that’s why they took the three points. On another day we may have taken our chances and won but against Middlesbrough we didn’t.
It was really disappointing to lose after beating Stoke the way we did, and we are still to find the consistency, though I know it will come.”

The penalty incident instigated fierce protests from the Eastlanders who felt that Daniel Sturridge’s challenge on Wheater occurred outside the box, and Micah felt that the incident was a turning point in the match.

“From where I was stood I couldn’t really tell whether it was inside or outside the box,” he continued.
“The penalty was the obvious turning point of the whole game, and it played a major part on the outcome of the game.”

Despite the loss, Micah put in yet another solid performance at the back for City. Was he satisfied with his efforts?

“To be honest it was not the best game I’ve played, just a steady game, and maybe I wasn’t involved as much as I wanted to be,” he added.
“But I know I’m my biggest critic so in my eyes I can always play a lot better.”