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Keane blasts Ake's lacklustre display in Community Shield defeat

Roy Keane blasts Nathan Ake’s lacklustre display in Community Shield defeat and claims failure to seize big chance ‘shows Pep Guardiola he is a bit short for Manchester City’

  • Manchester City suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leicester after a 89th minute penalty  
  • Nathan Ake made a silly challenge on Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho
  • The referee pointed to the spot and Iheanacho made no mistake from the spot 

Roy Keane has hit out at Nathan Ake after the Dutchman gave away the deciding penalty in Manchester City’s Community Shield defeat to Leicester.

Ake who joined the club last season, clumsily gave away a late spot-kick for a foul on Kelechi Iheanacho who converted from the spot.

Keane told ITV Sport after the game: ‘Ake is another one of those defenders that gets caught – he switches off for that split second.’

Nathan Ake gave away the deciding penalty for a challenge on scorer Kelechi Iheanacho

Roy Keane hit out at the 26-year-old Dutchman’s mistake after the defeat to Leicester

He added: ‘These are important opportunities for these players and it confirms to Pep that this guy (Ake) is a bit short for us (City).’ 

Keane’s comments were echoed by his co-pundits Ian Wright and former Leicester striker Emile Heskey.

Wright said: ‘Ake has got to be aware he’s needed there. Kelechi’s been very sharp. It’s a poor foul. It’s a definite penalty.’

Heskey added: ‘When you’re given a chance you’ve got to impress. He wasn’t ready for that ball.’   

It was a rare opportunity to shine for Ake, who has struggled to break into the starting line-up since his £41m move from Bournemouth last summer.

In his debut season, the 26-year-old made just 13 appearances and was behind Ruben Dias, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte in the running for a starting place.

Ruben Dias has a word with Ake who is hoping to get more game time for City this season

Part of the issue came down to a hamstring injury which kept him out for three months of the season.

Ake’s mistake proved costly in a tight match which was decided by Iheanacho’s penalty in the 89th minute.

It was Leicester’s second trophy in three months, while Manchester City’s second missed opportunity of a trophy in the same period after losing the Champions League final to Chelsea.

Leicester players celebrate with the Community Shield after their win over Manchester City




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