West Brom 0 Man City 0: Mancini not concerned by stalemate

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says draw at West Brom is not a concern as United moved level with the leaders

Premier League, 26 December 2011, The Hawthorns
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Roberto Mancini insisted he is not concerned by Manchester City’s goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion on Monday as Manchester United moved level on points with the league leaders.

Mario Balotelli came closest to breaking the deadlock at the Hawthorns with an effort that rebounded off the crossbar as City dropped points for only the fourth time this season.

United’s 5-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford enabled the defending champions close the gap at the top to just goal difference – but Mancini refused to read too much into Monday’s results.

“We are still top of the table and this result doesn’t concern me,” said Mancini. “I know we will come back and start scoring again. Some days you can score six and win at Old Trafford and others you can draw 0-0 with West Brom. That is football.

“United are level with us and that makes the Premier League exciting but we are top and that is where we will try to stay.”

Mancini believes an early goal would have swung Monday’s result in his side’s favour. “Today was difficult,” he continued. If you do not score an early goal then the game does not open up and the opposition gains in confidence.

“Maybe we were too slow in the first half but I think if we had scored we would have gone on to win the game. West Brom had 10 men behind the ball and played on the counter-attack and for once we did not find the solution.”

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