Man City post match reaction

Last updated : 28 August 2009 By Palace Reporter

"I thought we played as well as could be expected and I'm pleased to have given then a game," he said.

"It was a great tribute to us the team Mark put out and I'm very proud of the way we played.

"It was great for the fans. I brought my son tonight because he wanted to see Adebayor - I told him he wouldn't get a kick and I was right!

"The fans have enjoyed that tonight and that is how it should be, instead of talking about diving (referring to Eduardo's Champions League antics the previous nigt for Arsenal).

"It wasn't a great start for Lescott, Crystal Palace away on a Thursday night, but it will stand him in good stead. He won't come under any more pressure in the Premier League."

Mark Hughes learnt his lesson from last season in the Carling Cup.

"It was once bitten, twice shy for us," said Hughes. "Last season we went down to Brighton, made changes and got knocked out.

"We are not in Europe this season, that is one less competition for us and we want to do as well as we can in the ones we are in."