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Joleon Lescott has admitted that he was at fault for Fulham’s equaliser as Manchester City let a two-goal lead slip at Eastlands yesterday.

The England defender, who has been the subject of heavy criticism for his below-par performances since his £24m move from Everton earlier in the season, was outjumped by Clint Dempsey as the American international headed Jonathan Greening’s free-kick past Shay Given. The 27-year-old told City’s website that he would take the blame.

It was probably my fault that Dempsey got a header and that is something I will try to address.

We are all winners and we all want to do well. There are no excuses. Being two goals up we should be able to see the game out.

The best way to get something like what happened on Sunday out of the system is to get a win under the belt and we have the chance to do just that on Wednesday in the cup against Scunthorpe.

After that performance on Sunday we just want to get out there as soon as possible and prove that wasn’t the real City. We want to win that one and then go into the Birmingham game next Sunday with confidence.