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Vincent Kompany defends Eliaquim Mangala after Hull mistakes


Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany defended team-mate Eliaquim Mangala after the Frenchman was heavily criticised for two terrible mistakes against Hull City on Saturday.

The £32m summer signing had a poor game at the KC Stadium heading into his own net in the 21st minute before conceding a penalty to allow the Tigers back into the game.

But Kompany insists the defender recovered well in the second half.

"It's part of being a defender," Kompany explained.

"If your children ever choose to play football, sign them up as strikers and then this won't happen to them.

"As defenders, we have to deal with this, it's part of the job.

"But I always look at the reaction and we saw it from him in the second half. It could have been so dangerous because it had gone to 2-2, but he just got on with it and stood up to the task.

"The rest of the game, he played well, he stayed professional. You could not have asked for more.

"Sometimes you get half an hour like this, but you still have an hour to play well.

"That's all you can do, it's always about the next minutes and that's how I think about it. I've seen in him a great reaction and, in the second half, he was spot on.

"There's no harm done. Sometimes you say, 'Get these things out of the way early'. As a defender, it's a bit like being a goalkeeper, you kind of know these things will happen to you. You just never know when."

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