SAMIR: WE HAD TO WIN GAME FOR THE SKIPPER ; Nasri Reveals Vincent Kompany's Early Sending off Inspired City to Crucial Victory at Hull

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SAMIR: WE HAD TO WIN GAME FOR THE SKIPPER ; Nasri Reveals Vincent Kompany's Early Sending off Inspired City to Crucial Victory at Hull


Brennan, Stuart, Manchester Evening News


INCENT Kompany's red card spurred City 'sto their crucial win atV VHull. Blues midfielder Samir Nasri, one of the heroes of a remarkable performance from Manuel Pellegrini's men, said the sight of their skipper trudging down the tunnel galvanised the team into action.

The FA will today look at Kompany's angry reaction to his dismissal as he appeared to make an obscene gesture and then kicked a wall.

At the moment he faces a one-match ban for the red card, but if the FA punish him further he could be out of the derby and the trip to Arsenal.

Nasri sprang to the defence of Kompany, saying he was only showing his passionate side after a wrongful red card, as Nikica Jelavic had fouled him before he hauled the Hull striker back and got his marching orders for a professional foul.

And he said the incident made the 10 remaining men even more determined to secure a result. "When your captain gets a red card, you just want to show that you can do it without him and as well do it for him," said Nasri.

"You want to fight to the end and that's what we did."

"Do we only need 10 men? I don't think so but it was good to show everyone that we are back on track, that when everyone plays for the team, it doesn't matter if we have 10 or 11, we can win games because we have quality."

Nasri pointed the finger at referee Lee Mason for the incident, the second time in three days they have had a man sent off in controversial circumstances, after Pablo Zabaleta's red at Barcelona. "Again, it was a mistake from an official because the first foul was on Vinny and he took a red card, so for 80 minutes we played with 10 men," said the French ace.

"The first foul was from Jelavic on Vincent, and he was just trying not to let him go one-on-one with Joe (Hart). …

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