Manchester City's James Milner blasts performance against Hull City

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James Milner was disappointed his side couldn’t see off Hull City.

Manchester City’s James Milner told reporters for the BBC of his disappointment that his side slipped up again as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hull City.

The Citizens went into the match against the Tigers coming off the back of a promising 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

However, there has been cause for concern among the City ranks in recent weeks as a number of lacklustre performances have resulted in dropped points – especially at the Etihad Stadium.

Last season Manuel Pellegrini’s side won 17 Premier League home matches, yet this season that figure now stands at just seven following their draw with Hull.

Without the influential Yaya Toure, City appear lethargic and Saturday’s display was the one which broke the camel’s back, prompting heavy criticism from winger Milner.

"It was not good enough. Coming off the back of a good performance last week we knew it would be tough against a spirited side but we've slipped up at home again,” he explained.

“You can look at a few things but over 90 minutes we didn't do what we should have done. It is disappointing again but we need to re-group and come back again.

"You look at our success in recent seasons and it was built on solid home form. It shows we now need to make up the ground away from home. Chelsea have a big lead now."

It could have been worse for the hosts as Steve Bruce’s men looked for long periods to be on course for three points, yet Milner’s last-minute goal denied them a vital three points.

The draw means Chelsea now extend their lead at the top to seven points, whereas City’s run now spreads to four league matches without a win.

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