Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan has expressed his disappointment with the manner of his side's Premier League defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on January 1.
The Potters suffered a heavy 3-0 loss at the hands of Roberto Mancini's side and Republic of Ireland international Whelan said that they did not 'do [themselves] any favours'.
"It was hard to take. We were on the back foot from the start. It's hard to come here, but we didn't do ourselves any favours," he told The Sentinel. "We are all disappointed with the way we played."
He added: "They took their three goals well. Maybe 3-0 flattered them, but we didn't create many chances.
"That was disappointing because against the big teams away from home, especially this season, we have done really well."
Nevertheless, the 28-year-old midfielder is sure that his side will react positively, noting that the defeat was their first loss in 10 games.
"It's the first game we have lost in 10 – and it is against the champions. We are disappointed now, but we will pick ourselves back up," concluded Whelan.