Man City 3 Liverpool 0: We deserved the win, says Mancini

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini felt his side were fully deserving of the three points after they downed Liverpool

Premier League, 3 January 2012, Etihad Stadium
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Roberto Mancini reflected on a difficult but important victory after his Manchester City side overcame Liverpool to move three points clear at the top of the table.

The hosts took an early lead when an uncharacteristic Pepe Reina error allowed Sergio Aguero’s speculative effort into the net before Yaya Touré thumped home a header from a corner to double City’s advantage before the break.

The league leaders were reduced to 10 men when Gareth Barry was sent off in the second half for a second bookable offence – but City made the points secure moments later when James Milner smashed home his penalty after Touré was brought down by Martin Skrtel.

“[The win] was very important because it was a difficult game and Liverpool is a fantastic team,” Mancini told Sky Sports.

“I think that in the first half we played well and in the second half maybe we were tired. Liverpool are a strong team and they pushed hard in the first 20 minutes. But we deserved to win this game.

“For us it’s important to try to win every game because we know that if we want to win the Premier League we have to be very strong.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, whose side stay in sixth place, was left to rue his side’s inability to really test Joe Hart in the City goal.

“If you want to be a successful team, and they are, you’ve got to be clinical,” said Dalglish. “We’ve got to get that into our make-up. We had a good chance early on, then we lose a goal from a throw-in and from a corner. Then they go down to 10 men and almost immediately we give away a penalty from our free-kick.

“It was difficult but we’ve got to be more clinical if we want to get to where we want to go. It’s a lesson learned for us. We’ve got to take it on the chin and make sure that we don’t have a repeat of it.”

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