De Jong - We need more goals
Nigel de Jong says Man City must work on their goalscoring prowess if they want to stay in the title race.
Last Updated: 08/12/10 9:26am
Nigel de Jong insists Manchester City must work on their goalscoring prowess if they want to stay in the Premier League title race.
City are currently in fourth place and just three points off leaders Arsenal, but have only scored eight goals at home in the league this season - the lowest total in the top flight along with Wigan and Birmingham.
And midfielder De Jong is worried a failure to finish off games could come back to haunt Roberto Mancini's expensively-assembled side.
"We are strong and we have proved that we are a very good side and can play good football," said De Jong.
"All we are lacking is scoring enough goals, especially at home."
City saw off Bolton 1-0 at Eastlands on Saturday but almost lost out on two points when the visitors came close to grabbing a late equaliser following Aleksandar Kolarov's dismissal.
De Jong is aware an increase in goals would lead to more convincing results, adding: "We only have ourselves to blame.
"The only flaw in a very good performance from the whole team against Bolton was that we didn't score more than one goal.
"If you don't score the goals to go with a good performance you can find yourselves in a really bad position, especially towards the end when, if there is a red card, the last few minutes can be tricky."
Kolarov, meanwhile, insists his second yellow card, for a reckless tackle on Bolton's Sam Ricketts, was overly harsh.
"I was not happy about the sending-off," he said.
"With the second yellow card I took the ball first and could not stop myself as I went down, but the referee made the decision and I have to respect it.
"I wanted the ball and I took it first, then maybe I took a little bit of the player, but I did take the ball first. I just have to accept the decision, but it was hard to take.
"If I had made a bad foul I would have accepted not playing for a few games, but this red card was hard. That's football though, the referee makes the decisions and you have to accept them."