Stoke City 0 Man City 0: Pellegrini satisfied with ‘good point’
Stoke City 0 Man City 0: Manuel Pellegrini insists he is pleased with a point after watching his side held to a goalless draw
Manuel Pellegrini insisted he was pleased with a point after watching his Manchester City side held to a goalless draw at Stoke.
Pellegrini’s men enjoyed spells of domination in the first half but were largely limited to long-range efforts at the Britannia Stadium.
Jonathan Walters missed two good opportunities for Stoke, while Kenwyne Jones was denied by a good save from Joe Hart.
The draw marks the fifth consecutive Premier League stalemate between the two teams – and although the City boss acknowledges his side must improve, he was satisfied with a point.
“Against Stoke here it is always a difficult game but is a good point in a difficult week with all the players we had in the national squad,” said Pellegrini.
“We could only spend one day with them and prepare the squad and we also have Champions League next week.
“I am not always happy when I draw but this time it is a good point. We had two clear chances to score but Stoke had chances as well.
“We must improve on a lot of things. We are trying to do it and we know about it.”
Meanwhile, Stoke boss Hughes admitted his disappointment at his side’s failure to secure a win.
“We are disappointed that we haven’t beaten City, who made a statement of intent over the summer,” said Hughes. “But we made them look quite ordinary today. In terms of chances and general play, we were always looking positive.
“It was just a shame we didn’t take our chances. Box to box we were excellent but we needed that killer instinct. The lads are playing exceptionally well and we are enjoying what they are producing.”