Date: 11th March 2012 at 6:19pm
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It’s advantage Stretford as City crash at Swansea. Post Match Reaction to frustrating defeat in Wales…

Roberto Mancini:

‘Swansea played very well for the first thirty minutes. They were aggressive and had a lot of possession. Later on in the first half, and then the second, we controlled the game and had some chances but we should have scored. Then we made a mistake at the end and conceded their goal.

‘We had plenty of chances in the second half, but if we create chances we need to score from them! If you don’t and you also make mistakes, like against Sporting, you can pay by conceding a goal. I don’t think we deserved another result like this, but now we can do nothing.’

‘There are ten games to go, and it’s important we start to score and win again. Some players may be tired after seven months of the season, but I think we have a lot of energy to get back to the top.

‘It all depends on us…We have to be strong, when you are at the top it is easy, when you are not, you have to be strong.’


Brendan Rodgers:

‘We respect every opponent we play, none more so than Manchester City. They have gone away to Tottenham and Manchester United and have had great victories so we knew coming here today this was going to be an incredibly tough game for us because of the level…We retained our positivity…we scored one and created other chances and when we had to defend we defended well.

‘…we have hurt teams and that’s something that’s been proved over the last couple of seasons. Even against the best teams we believe that can cause problems so today was a great victory and a terrific goal to win the game.

‘Scott Sinclair is one of the reasons why we are at this level and Joe Hart is arguably the world’s best ‘keeper so there’s nothing against Scott with the penalty.’


Micah Richards:

‘I’m gutted. I don’t think we turned up today. We didn’t really work hard. We didn’t play our football and in the end Swansea probably deserved to win the game.
…It’s a shame because when you’ve got so much talent on the field, we should be coming here and taking the three points with ease.

‘We always knew coming here would be diificult. We spoke to other teams. They are a very good passing side as you saw today.

‘The atmosphere in the dressing room is down…We’ve go to pick up ourselves up. We have an important Europa League game on Thursday. We’ve lost two games in four days and we are not used to it. Our mentality is winning.

‘…We always knew united were going to be on our backs. It’s disappointing to drop into second place after being top for so long.

‘But it’s not over yet.’



UPCOMING FIXTURES:
all times East Manchester

Th 15 Mar 20:05 S Lisbon, The Etihad, ELR16
We 21 Mar 20:00 Chelsea, The Etihad, PL
Sa 24 Mar 17:30 Stoke, Britannia Stadium, PL
Sa 31 Mar 15:00 Sunderland, The Etihad, PL