Toure tells City they need to tighten up

MANCHESTER City defender Kolo Toure has admitted his side’s defensive vulnerabilities will threaten their hopes of success if they cannot be eradicated.

Toure on Tuesday night played for City when they twice led at home to Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup before conceding a total of four goals when succumbing to a 4-2 defeat. The Premier League champions are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and in eight fixtures have conceded 16 times in an ultimately relatively uninspiring start.

“It was a disappointing night,” said Toure, the club’s former captain who arrived from Arsenal for £16m in 2009. “The team didn’t play well. We conceded four goals, which is not good, and we gave some cheap goals to Villa as well.

“It concerns us because a team like Man City cannot expect to concede four goals at home.

“Since the season started we have not had a clean sheet and that is very important when you want to be a top club, you have to defend better as a team.

“As a defender and as a group we have to work on it because mistakes were done by a few players and when you win it is everybody so when you lose it is everybody.”