Swansea 1 Man City 0: We need more energy in title bid – Mancini
Roberto Mancini wants Manchester City to increase their energy levels with 10 games remaining after a shock loss to Swansea City
Roberto Mancini has challenged Manchester City to find renewed energy and regain top spot in the Premier League after suffering a shock defeat by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
City’s title aspirations were dealt a severe blow when Swansea substitute Luke Moore scored an 83rd-minute winner to end the visitors’ four-game winning streak.
The Eastlands outfit now trail rivals Manchester United by a point after Sir Alex Ferguson’s side eased to a 2-0 victory over 10-man West Bromich Albion at Old Trafford.
“The lead can change every game but it is important to start winning and scoring again,” said Mancini.
“All the players in this moment are tired, but we have a lot of energy to go top again and there are 10 games to play.”
Swansea could have taken a first half-lead but Scott Sinclair’s penalty was saved by Joe Hart after the England goalkeeper had conceded the spot-kick.
Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli both wasted chances to put City ahead before Yaya Toure was caught in possession and was punished as Moore headed past Hart.
City defender Micah Richards had an equaliser ruled out as the final whistle approached – but Brendan Rodgers’ side held on to claim a hard-fought three points.
“They played very well for the first 30 minutes, aggressive and lots of possession but we had the control of the game in the second half and had chances to score but we didn’t,” added Mancini.
“It was a mistake for the goal. We had chances on the counter attack, if we don’t score, like against Sporting, you can pay with a goal by making a mistake.
“We need to start scoring again, and we are in second position now.”