Manchester City’s Gareth Barry: My Derby Goal Means ‘Nothing’
Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has acknowledged that his coolly-taken first-half equaliser in yesterday’s derby with Manchester United is irrelevant, after his side were eventually beaten 4-3 thanks to aMichael Owen winner deep into injury time.
“It’s always good to score somewhere like here in a derby, and in my first taste of a Manchester derby as well, but it all means nothing because we didn’t get the points,” the England midfielder told City’s official website.
“It always hurts to lose to a last-minute goal, especially after we looked like we would get a well-deserved point. Not many teams are going to come here and score three. We’ve made another statement by doing that.
“We deserve a lot of credit for that but at the same time we have to look at ourselves because we conceded four goals at the other end. We have to have a look at that; it’s obviously something we have to improve on.”
Barry’s goal came about thanks to the foraging of Carlos Tevez, who forced United keeper Ben Foster into an error. The Argentine played with a heavily strapped right knee due to the injury that had made him a doubt for the game right up until kick-off, and Barry conceded that the striker’s display was one positive to be take from the game for City.
He concluded: “Carlos coming through was another positive for us, and he worked his socks off. It was a great atmosphere, very loud – the supporters made the game and it was a great spectacle, but sadly for our fans we got no reward.”