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Posted Saturday, April 13th 2019

Kalas hails ‘unbelievable’ O’Leary

Knowing a defence can trust the goalkeeper behind them is vital for any team and Tomas Kalas was quick to heap praise on young Max O’Leary on Saturday afternoon.

The young shotstopper pulled off a number of stops to thwart Aston Villa, including a handful of point blank-range reaction saves.

While Villa held out to win 2-1, as Famara Diédhiou’s bicycle kick halved the deficit, City centre-back Kalas said O’Leary was his man of the match.

“He was unbelievable,” Kalas told BCTV. “It was a perfect performance from him. He kept us in the game not once or twice, but three, four or five fantastic times and he was our man of the match.”

It was another display where City pushed to get something from the game in what was an attack-minded match at Villa Park.

Kalas added: “We never do [give up]. There have been many games where we have been down and turned the game around or at least got a draw. There are some games where we have even lost and today was one of them.”

And the centre-back also had his say on two key incidents, which saw Andreas Weimann have a goal crossed out for offside and a Tammy Abraham penalty.

“I don’t want to excuse us or say things shouldn’t or should have happened, but especially Andi’s disallowed goal should have been allowed, anyone can look at what happened with the penalty. I don’t want to blame anyone but I don’t think it should have happened either.

“Then they scored the two goals and it can be difficult to concentrate when that happens. It’s difficult to come into the game but we did and we tried to give it a go. In the end it’s ended 2-1 to them.”