Date: 5th March 2015 at 1:17pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has said three points and a clean sheet against Leicester City last night was just what Manchester City needed after back to back losses to Barcelona and Liverpool.

Goals in each half from David Silva and James Milner gave us the victory but it wasn’t a great showing with how hard Leicester worked, and there were plenty of incidents in the game that with another referee could’ve made the end result less convincing for us on paper than two nil looks.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game Pellegrini acknowledged that but he certainly wasn’t going to say the referee got the penalty calls wrong and he wasn’t going to get wrapped up in the performance because it was all about the points.

‘When you don’t have the result you need in the last match, the next game is very difficult and that’s why today it was most important to get three points but we dominated the game. It was important for our team to keep a clean sheet – maybe we scored the second goal too late but we won the game.’

With the gap on Chelsea and their game in hand featuring in almost any report about City at the moment, Pellegrini again said he wasn’t looking at other teams or ‘thinking about Chelsea’ his only focus was on our games, what we do and if we do that then we’ll see if Chelsea slip up.

‘We can think nothing about what Chelsea can do. We have to think about performances and see at the end of the season whether they drop points or not.’

As for the penalty shouts in the game – three of them, with two looking rather tasty for the Foxes, he added.

‘I haven’t seen the replays but the referee was very near and I take the side of the referee.’

With the replays probably now having been watched, I wouldn’t expect him to change his mind on bowing to the referee – but things go against you during a season, it would be silly to not welcome them when they go for you, and with so many efforts on goal we know we should’ve won by a greater margin anyway even if the performance wasn’t exactly a classic and had we done so a penalty or two being awarded wouldn’t have made much difference anyway.

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