Steve Clarke admits Albion were beaten by a better Manchester City side despite the Baggies’ late comeback in last night’s 3-2 defeat.
City raced into a two-goal lead after fine team goals finished off by Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure.
Toure made it 3-0 following a second half penalty before two late Albion goals – the first an own-goal and Victor Anichebe’s first for the club.
“City are a really, really good team,” said Clarke.
“We wanted to stay in the game as long as possible but they managed to get themselves away with the two goals in the first half and it makes it difficult against a good team.
“You can risk a little to try and get back into the game.
“But if you risk too much you end up getting serious damage to your goal difference.
“We tried our best to get back into the game in the second half.
“I think even at times in the first half we had opportunities where we could have created something but didn’t quite.
“And it was a game where it had to go 2-1 at any stage in the second half to give us more of a fighting chance.
“The third goal from the penalty is a bad goal to concede.
“That more or less killed it.
“But credit to our players because we kept going and we got our reward at the end with two late goals which, in my opinion, put a fairer reflection on the balance of play.”
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Source: WBA MAD