Eastlands debut delights Milner

The England midfielder completed his transfer from Aston Villa last
week, with Stephen Ireland going in the opposite direction. Milner
denied he felt nerves ahead of the clash at Eastlands against
Liverpool, which City went on to win 3-0 with him setting up the
first goal for Gareth Barry. Milner told Sky Sports 1: “Not really
– I was just glad to get out there and play. “Luckily I was
selected. It’s always tough against Liverpool – but we got three
goals and a clean sheet.” Of the game, Milner added: “They didn’t
cause us too many problems in the first half, then they came out in
the second half. “The club is moving forward, they’ve signed a lot
of great players. “There is great competition which is healthy for
any team so hopefully we can build on this.” Micah Richards
insisted he was going to claim the second goal although Carlos
Tevez would dispute that. “It’s definitely mine, I am definitely
claiming it,” said Richards. “He had a fantastic game and wanted to
cap it off with a goal but he has got the penalty so I am having
that.” Of Milner, he added: “You work hard, you get a chance.” City
manager Mancini refused to be drawn on whether his side are Premier
League contenders. “I don’t know this,” Mancini said. “I think it’s
important to improve game after game, we need to gel. We need the
time to become a strong squad.” Of his side’s performance, he
added: “It was a fantastic night for Manchester City and I am very
happy. “It’s very important, the mentality.” The Eastlands club
started the game with Joe Hart in goal and Shay Given on the bench,
and Mancini hopes Given will agree to stay and fight for his place.
The Italian said: “I hope he can remain here because Shay is a good
man and a good goalkeeper. “I respect his decision.” Liverpool
manager Roy Hodgson refused to be concerned at the start to the
season which sees the Anfield side having claimed just one point.
“We are only two matches into the season. We had Arsenal in the
first game which we had to play with 10 men (after Joe Cole’s
sending-off) and then a strong Manchester City side,” he told Sky
Sports. “It’s a bit premature to start discussing how big the match
is. “Hopefully in the next 36 games we can take some points.” The
former Fulham boss added: “We were a bit unlucky to get beaten so
heavily. “I thought we had one or two good spells in the game. “We
stuck at it and we were a bit unlucky not to get one back when Hart
made an incredible double save. “We lacked a cutting edge and the
organisation I would have liked.”