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Kidd salutes City's big-stage heroes

  • 06 January 2011 14:36
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Brian Kidd rates City's hard-fought draw at Arsenal on Wednesday night up alongside a major result abroad in the Champions League.

Roberto Mancini's right-hand man, who won the European Cup as a 19-year-old, is a veteran of such big nights and was elated at a Blues performance that earned a valuable Premier League point.

Former England striker Kidd, who played for both City and Arsenal, said: "Arsenal were terrific for the first 25 minutes or so but our lads were very good, they didn't capitulate.

"The way Arsenal shifted the ball about was lovely to watch. We could have gone under, and we didn't. The lads stuck at it for a good point.

"It was not dissimilar to a Champions League game where you go away from home and you pull a nil-niller. It was that type of game. But it wasn't for the want of trying. the boss doesn't restrict anybody.

"Make no mistake, this is a really good Arsenal side. The lads stuck at it through the initial onslaught and in the second half we got to grips with it.

"It's another clean sheet, and we'll win more than we draw if we keep putting those on the board."

Vincent Kompany was outstanding as Arsenal threw everything at City's defence in that opening half-hour, and Kidd declared: "Vinnie has been super, he's been the best centre-half in the League, no doubt about it.

He's had a lot of good protection from the midfield lads - we try to defend from the front, it's a team effort. But he's been fantastic - his feet are terrific and he's dominant in the air, he's got all the attributes."

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