Manchester City were left frustrated by resilient defending from Reading, although they got the last laugh when Gareth Barry scored in injury time to take his side to a 1-0 victory. The Eastlands boss Roberto Mancini believes his side deserved to win the game, although they scored just one goal towards the end of the game.
Reading manager Brian McDermott lambasted against match referee Mike Dean for allowing Gareth Barry’s goal. According to Brian McDermott, the Manchester City midfielder jumped on the shoulders of one of his players to reach the cross from David Silva.
In spite of Brian McDermott’s claims Manchester City proved themselves as the dominant side in the night. Manchester City created a plethora of chances to score during the game, but Roberto Mancini’s attack lacked the cutting edge that would have allowed them to put one in the back of the net.
Roberto Mancini bemoaned over his side’s wastefulness after the match once again. The Italian told reporters that his side deserved to win the game and admitted his side should have scored more goals.
“I think we deserved to win but when you are in the last two or three minutes of extra time, it could be difficult. These games, if you don't score in the first half when you have a lot of chances to score, I think they can be strong,” Roberto Mancini said.
“They played well, they defended well, for 90 minutes with all players behind the ball. We didn't find space to score. When you have one chance, you have to score. In the end, I am happy with the victory but we had a big problem.
“In this we have improved a lot. We want to recover so when we are losing we try until the end to score, to recover the game. Our character is strong. Sometimes you can win, sometimes you can't but I am very happy because we have recovered a lot of games like today. But it is more important to score before. If not my heart is not strong.”
Roberto Mancini also took out some time to comment on the Mario Balotelli’s status. The 22-year-old striker has missed a couple of training session in the recent weeks due to illness. Roberto Mancini earlier confirmed that the young Italian had resolved his differences with the club.
“Mario is ill. I don't know where is now. For one week he was ill. He came to the training ground yesterday because he wanted to train but he couldn't. I can't close him in his house, it is impossible,” Roberto Mancini said.