Well a kick in the teeth to say the least, we breezed through the second half and looked on course to win the game and take three points but it wasn't to be.
Goal scoring right backs seem to be the in thing at City in the last couple of games, with Micah Richards getting our goal. He dummied the defender to turn and put the ball into the bottom corner with a superb finish. Matthew Etherington secured a point for Stoke after a great assist from Tuncay, Joe Hart got his fingers to the shot but could not stop it going in the bottom corner of his goal. Goals and highlights will be posted when available.
It was a game of two halves today, Stoke looked very good in the first half and made us look average, then we turned in an impressive second half performance.
I have to say I am gutted we lost obviously but Stoke certainly did not deserve to lose as far as I am concerned and I think a draw was a fair result all round.
I really enjoyed the game today, it was a good example of a Premier League match, no team was ever out of it and the quality on show was good to watch. I can't really put my finger on anything that we did wrong as a team today unless I am being fussy and then maybe I would have changed my mind in regards to bringing Johnson on after we had scored, but I'm not going to be fussy.
I was however disappointed with Balotelli, I thought he made himself look a right dummy at times. Jumping about the pitch as if he had bin shot, he was never looking to go in for a tackle and I basically just don't like his attitude. I certainly think he should have been dragged off today as he didn't do anything and I am still not sure why he started in the first place after Jo played so well last week.
Suppose that's redundant now though, overall I think it was a good point we got from Stoke today and we are still in touch with the title race if we win the big games.