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Teemu Pukki: We have to keep moving forward

22 April 2019

Teemu Pukki praised his teammates for a dominant first-half display and said they are ready to get back to winning ways in their final home match of the season on Saturday.

The City striker got his 28th league goal with a second-half header, adding to Onel Hernandez’s opening strike to make it 2-1. However, within three minutes Stoke were back level with a low strike from Tom Edwards ending the game 2-2. 

Speaking to, Pukki said: “Of course we are disappointed. In the first half we were really dominant and then we let them come into the game and then we were in front two times so we should have got all the points today.

“We knew they are strong in set pieces and they scored straight away after we came back. It was a shock for us, and we couldn’t get our game back straight away. It still was an even game and then we went in front again so we should have kept the lead.

“We still believed we could score and after their goal it was just us attacking and them trying to defend. But we couldn’t create any big chances, they work quite long so it was hard for us to play today.”

Pukki said he was pleased to score in front of the travelling fans but couldn’t enjoy the moment too much.

“Of course it felt good, and I’m not used to scoring with my head so I was happy about that, but we didn’t get all of the points so I can’t be happy,” he said.

The point keeps City’s place at the top of the table, and the Finnish striker said they need to look straight ahead to their next game.

He said: “We are one team; we are doing it together and everything is still in our hand. We just need to start focussing on Saturday and step up and play 90 minutes on our best level and win that.

“The result did affect us [today], but everything is still in our hand. Today we can be a bit sad about it but then forget it and start focussing on Saturday.

“It’s our last home game so we have to give something to our home crowd because they have been amazing this season and it’s about time we got a win again.

"We all want to get over the line and there is no reason to be nervous now. We are still number one and everything is in our hands so we have to forget this and we keep moving forward. 

"Our fans have been great for us the whole season and it has been a nice journey for them so far. So now we need to just make it a big party on Saturday and win that game."

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