Man City 1 Reading 0: We deserved to win very difficult game – Mancini
Man City 1 Reading 0: Roberto Mancini insists the Citizens deserved to win a very difficult match against the Royals
Roberto Mancini insisted Manchester City deserved three points after Gareth Barry’s late goal rescued victory for the Premier League champions against Reading.
Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez were both thwarted by Royals shot stopper Adam Federici in a first half dominated by the hosts at the Etihad Stadium.
Reading were defensively sound despite a heavy 5-2 loss to Arsenal on Monday, and Brian McDermott’s men appeared set for three points as they frustrated the home side in the second half.
But two minutes into added time, Gareth Barry rose above Nicky Shorey to head past Federici and give City’s title defence a boost.
“I hoped, always. It was difficult. We had lots of possession but if you don’t score early it is very difficult,” Mancini told BBC Sport.
“You have to be patient but if we had scored one goal in the first half it would have changed the game. You need to score quickly in these games and sometimes you take a risk to score. I think we deserved to win.”
Reading boss McDermott criticised referee Mike Dean for allowing Barry’s winner after the midfielder appeared to be holding Shorey.
“I cannot believe that has happened to us. That goal at the end is just wrong. He is on Nicky Shorey’s back and it is an absolutely certain foul. That decision today has killed us,” McDermott.
“I spoke to the referee and he said he hung in the air. You can hang in the air if you are someone’s back – you have got to get those decisions right.
“I am gutted for our players tonight because they were terrific and they deserved a point.”