Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira disappointed to lose 4-2 to Manchester City

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Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has claimed he was disappointed to lose 4-2 to Manchester City despite leading 2-0 at half-time.

The Eagles went 2-0 up in the first-half through a John Stones own goal and a Joachim Andersen header, before City fought back in the second-half courtesy of a deflected strike from Bernardo Silva and an Erling Haaland hat-trick.

“I’m disappointed of course,” Vieira said of the result.

“Because in a game of football when you lead 2-0 at half-time, you expect to get something from the game.

“But today was a special team we were facing, so much quality collectively and individually.

“And in the second-half when they raised their game it was really difficult for us to cope with it.

“But today I think we showed character and discipline. And we can be unlucky to go back home with nothing. The first-half was the perfect performance away from home.

“I think we were well-disciplined. Jordan [Ayew], Ebs [Ebere Eze] and [Odsonne] Edouard worked really well and we closed down all the spaces to not allow them to create those chances.”