MANCHESTER City only have themselves to blame after slipping to a surprise and costly defeat against Wolves on Sunday, admits Ilkay Gundogan.
Adama Traore struck twice in the final ten minutes as Wolves stunned the champions to claim a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.
The defeat was City’s second of the season and, although they remain second in the table, they already trail early leaders Liverpool by eight points.
While the visitors were impressive, City struggled, and failed, to break them down and Gundogan felt they were the architects of their own downfall.
The Germany midfielder said: ‘We have lost the game because of our own mistakes, again unfortunately. It feels like we gave Wolves the three points.
‘It shows we still have weak points which we have to fix as soon as possible. We know all the points we have dropped this season we didn’t drop because the opponent was so much better. We dropped them because of us.
‘We were guilty for these dropped points. That is the main part and that hurts so much.
‘Even though we have created chances, we didn’t score and when you concede the first goal it is difficult to come back from that.’
City, with Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi again paired in defence, were sloppy at the back and were lucky not to trail at the break. Misplaced passes presented Wolves with three gilt-edged openings in the first half but they could not capitalise.
City then hit the bar through David Silva after the interval but Wolves hung on and caught their hosts with a classic counter-attack through Traore. Raul Jimenez again set up Traore for the killer second goal — the winger’s strikes his first for more than a year — deep into injury time.
Jimenez said: ‘We had a great performance. We think we did it well. We did the things that last season made us be [near the] top of the league.’