Manchester City defender Micah Richards admitted there was huge disappointment in the camp after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Swansea City in Wales.
Roberto Mancini’s side rode their luck at the Liberty Stadium as Scott Sinclair missed a penalty, but striker Luke Moore made no mistake with his close-range finish for the Swans in the closing stages as the Citizens were condemned to a second straight defeat.
City had done their homework before the game and expected it to be a tough task against Brendan Rodgers’ side, but Richards admits anything less than three points is always seen as a failure.
“We always knew coming here would be difficult. They are a very good passing side, as we’ve seen today, and they aren’t afraid to get on the ball, have some really good players and probably deserved to win. It’s a bad result for us, and we’ve got to pick ourselves up for the Europa League clash on Thursday,” Richards told the official Manchester City website.
On morale in the camp, he added: “It’s down. That’s the second loss in four days and we’re not used to it. Our mentality is winning and we’ve not done that the last two games so we’re going to have to go back to the drawing board.
“At the start of the season we were banging goals in. I think teams are now being a bit more cute against us, defending with numbers and it’s harder for our strikers to get the goals.”
With Manchester United securing a 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, City now find themselves in second place in the Premier League, something they haven’t been used to this season.
However, the England international right back insists that doesn’t affect the mentality of the City players going into their next match, and that the fight for the title still has plenty of twists and turns ahead.
"It doesn’t change a thing. We go into every game as we do normally and try to get the three points. We always knew Manchester United would be on our backs, and it’s disappointing to go into second place after being top for so long, but it’s not over yet."