Conor Coady: First goal in the Premier League meant nothing

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Conor Coady celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1 (AMA)

The skipper went home to equalize his side at Etihad Stadium in the 61st minute as they threatened to halt the Premier League leaders’ long winning streak.

But two goals in the last 10 minutes from Gabriel Jesus and one from Riyad Mahrez finally brought Pep Guardiola’s team to their 21st straight win in all competitions.

Coady’s goal was only his second in 224 league games for Wolves but he said: “It means nothing when you lose.

“It was nice back then because it made it 1-1, but we had to go on a bit. Scoring a goal is great, but it means nothing if you lose. “

City had taken the lead with Leander Dendoncker’s own goal in the first half and Wolves, who had no contact in front of Coady’s goal in City’s penalty area, thanked goalkeeper Rui Patricio for a series of impressive saves.

Coady said, “It was about staying in the game. We know what a good team they are. That was our approach.

“You’re going back 1-0 and it’s about staying in the game. We can’t miss the game as we have before. We are gutted.

“Nobody is afraid to be on a football field. They are world class, but we wanted to test ourselves. It was about staying there and I thought we played really good things. It’s disappointing from our point of view.”

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo admitted his side paid for their mistakes after scoring both City’s second and third goals after the Wolves lost the ball in their own half.

Jesus finished the goal on the last kick of the game with a goal given by VAR after initially being warned offside.

Nuno said, “There are always positives and negatives. In the second half we were better at the way we pressed, the way we blocked.

“But the negative was that we made mistakes that we shouldn’t have.

“Especially against City, when they get the ball back, they push up and are very quick.

“But it’s my responsibility because we should grow in this aspect of the game. It’s about growing up and improving.”

“The game plan is always there, but you’re always faced with a different game plan. It’s difficult to plan against Manchester City when they have an advantage in the game and you don’t have a lot of possession.

“It’s hard to do without the ball. We had some good moments in the second half, but we couldn’t keep them. “

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