DEFENDER Tom Kennedy admitted Barnsley couldn’t live with Manchester City for spells of Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at the Ethiad Stadum.
The Reds were outclassed by City in their FA Cup quarter-final clash and, to make a bad weekend worse, they found also found themselves at the bottom of the Championship.
“We worked really hard with a game plan for them [City], but credit where credit’s due because they have world-class players – and they showed it,” Kennedy told The Star.
“At times we couldn’t get near them. We were hoping a few of them wouldn’t turn up with their A-games, but they did and it was really hard out there.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up and say they are a fantastic team and they gave us a lesson.”
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez did the bulk of the damage with his first hat-trick since last April when City hammered Norwich City 6-1.
And the former Manchester United forward also chipped in with an assist before being withdrawn in the second half.
“It’s hard to contain someone like Tevez,” admitted Kennedy. “You could see he was chomping at the bit.
“Fair play to him and players like [David] De Silva and [Edin] Dzeko. I thought they were fantastic. They were hard to live with at times.
“But we gave it a good go and we had a game plan of trying to hold out and for the crowd to get on their backs.
“However, they got an early goal and that killed us. They were on their game and definitely up for it. It was tough.
“They didn’t give an inch possession-wise and they dominated the game.
“We tried to press but it tires you and then they’re on top of you.
“It was a lesson for us but it was a great occasion, although disappointing to lose.
“But the positives are that we worked hard and we’ve got to take that into Brighton on Tuesday.”
The Reds’ run to the FA Cup quarter-finals was a spirited one and has netted the Championship club more than £1million, a combination of prize money, TV money and ticket sales.
But Kennedy knows the league campaign is the main priority as the club try to retain their Championship status with just 11 games remaining this season.