MX23RW : Saturday, October 16 23:46:53| >> :60:2907:2907:

Joleon Lescott admits he was hurt at being dropped against Real Madrid

© PA Photos
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott thinks that the pain of being dropped for the Champions League match against Real Madrid will help elevate his performance level this season.

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has admitted that he was hurt by Roberto Mancini's decision to drop him for the Champions League opener against Real Madrid.

Lescott missed City's dramatic 3-2 defeat against Madrid, but returned to score for City against Arsenal last weekend.

The 30-year-old said that he will use that disappointment as a reminder that he needs to fight for a place in the City starting team.

He said: "Obviously it hurt but the manager picked the team and I wasn't in it.

"It's a great stadium, a great occasion for the club and you want to pit yourself against the world's best, like Cristiano Ronaldo.

"But I just have to work hard. I've played then been left out over the last couple of seasons. It's happened before during my career and I'm ready for the fight."

Lescott's joined City from Everton in August 2009 and is under contract at the Etihad for two more seasons.

ID:46837: cacheID:46837:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:1915:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Joleon Lescott
Read Next:
Lescott accepts rotation policy

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Danish Superliga
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
Major League Soccer
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
AFC Champions League
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 2
3Manchester CityMan City85211631317
4Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton843185315
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd84221610614
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves840488012
9Tottenham HotspurSpurs7403610-412
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham73221410411
11Leicester CityLeicester83231314-111
12Aston Villa83141212010
14Crystal Palace7142811-37
17Leeds UnitedLeeds8134715-86
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle7034816-83
20Norwich CityNorwich8026216-142

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!