Clichy happy with ‘great point’

City found themselves on the back foot for large spells at Anfield

on Sunday, but emerged with a 1-1 draw to restore their five-point

lead at the top of the table. It was only the second time City had

failed to collect maximum points in 13 Premier League games but,

with 10 men and after some free-scoring victories, Clichy felt it

was necessary to show some steel. The 26-year-old left-back said:

“We knew it was going to be difficult and they gave us a good

challenge. This and QPR away are the two most difficult games we

have played this year in the league. “I believe Liverpool will be

up there at the end of the season because they can play long balls,

they can play down the wings, and through the middle. “Maybe in

their dressing room the feeling was they lost two points, but for

us the feeling was we won a great point and I hope it will be a

good point for the end of the season. “We worked hard, we fought

for each other and I think the fans will be happy with the

performance. “Since the start of the season we have shown the fans

we can score goals, create chances and here we were strong and

solid at the back.” Vincent Kompany gave City a 31st-minute lead

but Liverpool replied within two minutes as Joleon Lescott diverted

a Charlie Adam shot into his own net. City goalkeeper Joe Hart

produced brilliant saves to deny Adam and then Luis Suarez and Andy

Carroll late on as the hosts pressed hard. After Mario Balotelli

was sent off for two bookable offences in the second half, City

were happy to take a point and their display of resolve lifted

spirits after last week’s Champions League defeat by Napoli. Clichy

said: “It’s two different competitions so the best thing to do in

that situation is to forget about the results we had in Italy

because there is nothing we can do about it. “We are disappointed

but that was gone. The chance was for us to show the fans we were

ready to fight for the title. “We knew we could have gone seven

points clear of second but the result was a fantastic one for us

and the point was what we deserved.” Clichy, who joined City in a

£7million move from Arsenal in the summer, has had to get used

to life as a squad player this season. Manager Roberto Mancini has

rotated his full-backs throughout the campaign to date and Clichy

was restored to the side at Anfield after making way for Aleksandar

Kolarov in Naples. Clichy said: “As a player you always want to

play as many games as possible and for me it is a big change

because I was used to playing week-in, week-out with Arsenal. “Of

course you are disappointed but I am not the only one and so far we

have been playing some amazing games against Man Utd, Tottenham and

now Liverpool. “I believe in February we will have the fresh legs

to go all the way. “We need a big squad to go all the way and

hopefully we can carry on like this because I think the atmosphere

is good and the way we are playing is okay.” Clichy’s involvement

on Sunday means he is probably unlikely to feature in Tuesday’s

Carling Cup quarter-final at former club Arsenal. Mancini is set to

make wholesale changes for a match which kicks off around 50 hours

after the Anfield encounter finished. Clichy said: “That is up to

the manager again and you have to accept his decision, but of

course I am ready and if asked to play I will be more than happy

to. “I don’t need to speak about Arsenal, it is a great club, a

great team with many of my friends there. “If I can play on

Tuesday, or even be involved, it would be something that I would

really look forward to. But the manager is rotating the players, so

we will have to wait and see what his decision is.”