The left-back put in a committed shift down his flank at the Etihad, throwing himself in the way of Raheem Sterling’s first-half volley, seeing his own drive blocked by Pablo Zabaleta at the other end and winning the penalty that saw Harry Kane fire us ahead.
After Kelechi Iheanacho restored parity, Erik Lamela stepped off the bench and set up Christian Eriksen to complete a memorable 2-1 win, with Danny hailing the impact of our Argentine international substitute after what he described as “a massive win.”
“This result shows that we’ve got great character, great mentality, our morale is superb and we’ve got a great manager,” said the 25-year-old.
“We’re not scared of anyone and we’ve shown that. People are waiting for us to slip up somewhere and across the last two times we’ve come here we’ve conceded 10 goals, but we came here to play and have got a deserved three points.
“As for me, I don’t think I had a better game than anyone else – we started the match well and the subs had a great impact in the second half.
“I remember we lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle earlier in the season when their subs came on and won the game and we said that once our subs come on in any match we want them to do the same. Coco (Erik Lamela) has come on and done that today. He went on a great run, played a perfect through ball to Christian and he’s slotted it in on his birthday – it’s a great birthday present for him!
“It was Harry Winks’ birthday when we played Norwich away and we sung happy birthday to him on the way back, so we’ll do the same for Christian!”
Returning to a subject he touched on earlier, Danny feels like he’s thriving under the tutelage of Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino.
“He’s instilled a great work ethic – one that I’ve not experienced from any other manager,” added the flying full-back. “He wants you to work very hard in training and if you don’t then he’ll let you know!
“Once you work hard Monday to Friday then it will happen naturally in the game as it has today.
“Everything starts from training, everything on the pitch comes from training and how well we work.
“It’s a massive three points for us today. We’ve got three more games before we play in the league again but long may this run continue.”