Gareth Barry feared Premier League title challenge was over - Premier League - Football - The Independent

Gareth Barry feared Premier League title challenge was over

 

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry saw a helicopter flying over the Etihad stadium as his side trailed 2-1 to QPR and thought it was the Premier League trophy being flown to rivals Manchester United.

Barry was convinced the trophy was being transported up to Wearside where United were winning 1-0.

He was replaced by Edin Dzeko 21 minutes from the end of yesterday's final game against QPR, with the Blues losing 2-1.

But in stoppage time Dzeko and then Sergio Aguero netted to turn the entire campaign on its head and end City's 44-year wait for a league title.

"At 2-1 down I was thinking this is done," Barry said.

"I looked up and saw a helicopter and wondered if it was the main trophy being flown north.

"Towards the end, I was sitting there watching our fans leaving, just thinking 'Here we go again'.

"In a way, it makes it more special but I would have preferred an easier win."

The scenes at the end will never be forgotten though, with Barry amongst those racing off the bench in jubilation as Aguero was smothered by ecstatic team-mates.

"Those last five minutes were incredible," said Barry.

"I can't really find the words to describe what happened.

"The way it finished was unbelievable. This season has been so up and down that it was no surprise that the final finish went that way.

"But I don't think that will ever be beaten."

The agony for Barry was made all the more acute because he was a just as helpless as the fans who had spent more of the afternoon chewing their fingernails, desperate for their team to deliver the prize that had eluded them for so long.

Yet, out of the 90 minutes, City spent 61 of them trailing Manchester United in the 'as it stands' table, which just made the day even more memorable for Barry.

"I will remember it well because I had to sit and watch, and that is probably worse," said the England midfielder.

"You would rather be on the pitch. It's far more nervous to watch because you cannot affect it.

"But I have soaked it all in, because you have to enjoy moments like this - it's been fantastic so far."

PA

Suggested Topics
News
John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
people'That was the lowest I’d ever felt'
Life and Style
healthIt isn’t greasy. It doesn’t smell. And moreover, it costs nothing
News
peopleThe report and photo dedicated to the actress’s decolletage has, unsurprisingly, provoked anger
Property
Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
property
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
The programme sees four specialists creating what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle together
tvUK wedding show jilted
Arts and Entertainment
US pop diva Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, president of Turkmenistan
musicCorporate gigs become key source of musicians' income
Arts and Entertainment
You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern
artWhat makes a smash-hit art show
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
filmsDaniel Craig believed to be donning skis as 007 for first time
Sport
Mikel Arteta pictured during Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal
champions league
Voices
Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, which is hosting a Night for Scotland in Edinburgh
voicesBen Judah: Is there a third option for England and Scotland that keeps everyone happy?
Arts and Entertainment
Pulp-fiction lover: Jarvis Cocker
booksJarvis Cocker on Richard Brautigan
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams in the video of the song, which has been accused of justifying rape
music...and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week