City ace rues falling behind habit
Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong accepts they must kick their "bad habit" of going behind to mount a successful title defence.
City's 2-2 draw at Liverpool in their second Barclays Premier League game of the season was the fourth match in succession they had needed to wipe out a deficit. The run stretches back to their dramatic title-clinching win over QPR at the end of last season and also includes the Community Shield win over Chelsea and opening league victory against Southampton. City were outplayed for long spells at Anfield but snatched a point after the rejuvenated Carlos Tevez seized on a Martin Skrtel mistake 10 minutes from time. De Jong told City TV: "I don't know what it is. It is a bad habit. We picked that up from the last game of the season against QPR and have continued that in these first two games of the new season. We have to improve and show that we are up for the test wherever we go, away or at home. We have a lot of qualities in the squad but we just have to improve. "It is not going to be an easy season. Wherever you go everyone wants to beat the champions. We have to stand tall with each other and improve."