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.”