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MANCHESTER City midfielders Paul Bosvelt and Trevor Sinclair failed to get carried away by last night's five-goal amble past Welsh League side TNS.
Despite City equalling their best-ever European tally in a single game, they were both relatively subdued.
"We have done the hard part and got a good lead but TNS made it difficult for us by getting ten men behind the ball and it is always hard, no matter who you are playing against when they do that," ventured England ace Sinclair who became the first City player to score in Europe since 1979 when he opened the floodgates in the 14th minute.
"We stayed professional and in the end our fitness and quality shone through. Being a Mancunian I was absolutely delighted to be first on the score sheet after such a long wait for the club without European football. I don't think the keeper saw it."
Bosvelt, who only two years ago lifted the Uefa Cup with Feyenoord and who hardly put a pass out of place all night, felt that the Blues might have been a little intricate for their own good at times.
"In the end the result was fine but it took a little bit too long to break TNS down and we made it hard on ourselves," he said.
"If we had been a bit more efficient and direct early on we might have broken them down a bit earlier. The result was acceptable."
15 August 2021