Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini bemoaned his side’s first-half profligacy following their 1-1 draw at Everton.
The Premier League champions came into the fixture level with Chelsea at the top of the table, and Fernandinho’s 74th-minute header gave City the advantage at Goodison Park. However, Steven Naismith earned Everton a share of the spoils after Joe Hart had needlessly rushed off his line from a Leighton Baines free-kick, allowing Jose Mourinho’s side to move two points clear at the summit.
And Pellegrini says City were foolish if they thought a goal 15 minutes from time would be enough to win the game.
"I think we really dominated the game, especially in the first half," he said. "We had clear chances, but we didn’t score. Fifteen minutes are a lot of minutes. You cannot think that because you are winning 1-0 and there are 15 minutes left that you have already won the game. We knew that Everton were a difficult team from set-pieces. They had their chances and they scored."
Pellegrini believes there might have been a different outcome if City had taken their chances while they were on top during the opening period.
"We never think before the game that this is an easy game to play," he added. "Always at Goodison Park Everton is a very good team. If the whole game was exactly the same as the second half, maybe it was a good draw, but I cannot forget about what happened during the first 45 minutes when we had too many clear chances.
"We played really well, which I am really pleased about, but we didn’t finish well."