Manchester City defender reveals frustration after Leeds United and Stuart Dallas deliver Etihad sucker punch

The Whites claimed a stunning 2-1 victory over the top flight leaders.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 4:36 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 4:38 pm
Manchester City defender Nathan Ake (left) challenges Leeds United winger Raphinha. Pic: Getty

Nathan Ake has revealed his frustration at Leeds United's last-gasp victory over Manchester City.

The Whites earned an unlikely win at the Etihad stadium on Saturday lunchtime in the top flight as Stuart Dallas bagged an added time winner.

Marcelo Bielsa's side had taken the lead through the Northern Irishman in the first half before being reduced to 10 men.

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Club captain Liam Cooper was handed his marching orders by referee Andre Marriner for a challenge on striker Gabriel Jesus at the end of the opening half.

The tackle was initially given a yellow but VAR intervention saw the United skipper given red.

Ferran Torres eventually equalised for Pep Guardiola's men with 14 minutes remaining in Manchester in a second half which the hosts dominated with a wave of attacks.

Dallas, though, broke through in stoppage time and caught the City defence asleep to slot home and claim all three points against the Premier League champions in waiting.

Ake - who was recalled to the starting line-up amid seven changes for Guardiola - reflected on a defeat that he felt was hard to take post-match.

"It was frustrating," Ake admitted. "We knew it would be tough before the game but the manner we conceded the goals were not great.

"They had the red card, so we pushed and pushed and could not score in the second half.

"After the game it is easier to say but we left ourselves maybe a little too open. We pushed so much to get the second goal and they are a very good counter-attacking team.

"The second half how we came out was good. We tried to create. It's difficult when the whole team is behind the ball. When you get the first back you feel you can push on but we left ourselves open for the counter-attack.

"I think it's maybe one of those days where we had a lot of chances. When you don't score obviously it is going to be tough and we need to make sure we close at the back, which we didn't do.

"We move on and reflect on this. We have a big game on Wednesday [against Borussia Dortmund]."