Oct 6, 2012 at 12.45pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
Kolarov (5'), Milner (89'), Agüero (60')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Jimenez Cuellar (3'), Colback (81'), Gardner (88')

Martin O'Neill: 'Manchester City deserved to win'

Martin O'Neill
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Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill admits that his side were second best against Man City and deserved to lose.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has admitted that his side didn't deserve to win today's match against Manchester City.

Goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero and James Milner gave City a 3-0 win over the Black Cats as Roberto Mancini's men kept their first clean sheet of the season.

O'Neill had no complaints at the final whistle, instead heaping praise on the quality of the City side.

"Eventually over the piece Man City deserved to win. When it was 1-0 we had a chance and just after the break we had an attacking threat, but overall they were much better and deserved to win the game," said the Sunderland boss.

"They were electric. They are fine players, champions of this country and playing big Champions League games. It was always the possibility if they got the second goal, they would cause havoc and that happened. If another 10 minutes went by they might get a bit nervy.

"You just have to take it, wait for international players came back and then prepare ourselves for Newcastle."

The win lifts City up to second in the Premier League table.

Aleksandar Kolarov
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