Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stones: Being Honest Cost Me and the Team

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stones: Being Honest Cost Me and the Team

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JOHN Stones has claimed his honesty may have cost City their chance of going through the Premier League season unbeaten.

The Blues defender aims to bounce back from his team's recurring Anfield nightmare by helping them to Pep Guardiola's first English cup final when they take on Bristol City in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Ashton Gate tonight.

But the 4-3 defeat at Liverpool that inflicted City's first domestic defeat of the season still rankles with Stones. And he feels Roberto Firmino's goal, which made it 2-1, might have been ruled out if he had not tried to be too honest.

Firmino clearly shoved his forearm into Stones' back as the pair tussled for possession outside the box, before taking the ball and chipping it past Ederson.

He reflected on that moment as a mistake on his behalf - and it was quickly compounded by errors from Ederson and Nicolas Otamendi which made it 4-1. Said Stones: "Sometimes it's so difficult to stop it. It's one of those things where you've got to catch it in the moment and there's a lot of things we could've done better.

"If I go down, maybe it's a freekick for us. I tried to be honest and stay on my feet and the referee's not given a free-kick.

"But on another day Ederson maybe kicks it into the stands, but luckily it's fallen for their team, right at his feet and he's slotted it into the goal."

There was little public talk among the City players about being tagged as Invincibles, but Stones admitted it was on their minds after reaching 22 games without losing.

"We obviously wanted that and I'm sure every team does, but it's such a difficult thing to do," he said.

If I go down, it's a free-kick tried to be stay on John "The four competitions we're still in, the amount of games compared to some other teams, you know it takes a toll, no matter how much you rotate the squad.

"Sometimes you've got to hold your hands up and say 'We gave it our best shot' - which we did.

"We didn't change our way of playing or anything like that. …

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