James Milner says Manchester City will put their disappointment at sacrificing an unbeaten start to the Premier League season against Chelsea on Monday behind them, insisting their attention is already on the next fixture against Arsenal.
A late Frank Lampard penalty was enough to consign Roberto Mancini’s men to their first defeat of the season, with Gael Clichy’s sending off proving to be the turning point after Raul Meireles had cancelled out Mario Balotelli’s second minute opener.
Clichy was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence mid-way through the period, prompting a frantic final half hour which saw Joleon Lescott penalised for handling in the area to give Lampard the opportunity to secure a morale-boosting win for his side.
Milner admitted his side were “disappointed” to have tasted defeat after taking a 1-0 lead, but the England international says they are switching their attention to next weekend’s home tie against Arsenal already.
“We have another game coming up and we are pretty disappointed at this moment in time but we will recover tomorrow and Wednesday we will be in working as hard as we can," he told MCFC.co.uk
“If it was possible to give even more than we have been in these games (we will against Arsenal), the boys have run their nuts off with ten men.
“(Gael) Clichy has been playing fantastically well so pretty gutted for him, he’s been brilliant.”
“We’re massively disappointed but it will add even more incentive to bounce back from this disappointment and hopefully put it into a performance at the weekend.”
The former Aston Villa midfielder also said he was unhappy with referee Mark Clattenburg’s decision to award Chelsea a penalty seven minutes form time, but admitted City were partially at fault for the defeat after taking their “foot off the gas” following a quick start.
“We started very well, we were moving it around quite well and the pitch was tricky,” he added.
“We managed to create a few chances but we took our foot off the gas for some reason and gave them a foothold back in the game, and that’s gets the crowd up and they managed to ride that wave.
“Even in the second half they didn’t create too many chances and the penalty was a harsh one. I think its two yards away from him its one of those (harsh decisions). The boys are disappointed now but we need to pick ourselves up for another massive game at the weekend.”