Friedel upbeat despite loss
By Neil Foster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
City have moved to the top of The Premiership for the first time in their history thanks to goals from Michael Tarnat, Joey Barton and Nicolas Anelka, but the giant American shot-stopper was philosophical in defeat.
He told the club's official website: "It wasn't a particularly good night for me but today it will be back to the drawing board.
"We have got to get on that training ground and prepare for a very difficult game at Chelsea.
"I was disappointed but in football it's never any good crying over spilt milk."
It was not one of Friedel's best performances at Ewood Park, as Rovers crashed to their first defeat of the season but manager Graeme Souness refused to point the finger of blame at the USA international keeper.
"We have praised Brad so many times," said the boss. "More than any other player, he's the reason why we finished sixth in the Premier League last season.
"As far as I'm concerned he is the best goalkeeper in the country."
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