Mancini wants ruthless City

Roberto Mancini felt Manchester City should have beaten West Ham United more convincingly following their 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Last Updated: 27/04/13 at 22:20 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Felt Manchester City's winning margin should have been more

Roberto Mancini: Felt Manchester City's winning margin should have been more

Sergio Aguero finished off a delightful move to put City in front after 28 minutes and Yaya Toure added a second with a powerful strike seven minutes from time.

Andy Carroll reduced West Ham's arrears when his shot was fumbled by Joe Hart, but it came too late to threaten City's victory.

Mancini was nevertheless frustrated by a series of missed chances and urged his players to be more ruthless rather than always searching for the perfect goal.

He told Sky Sports: "It was important to win. I am happy for this victory, but we could have scored four, five or six goals.

"We scored a fantastic first goal, but sometimes it is enough to put your foot through the ball. Sometimes we want to be too beautiful."

Mancini also played down fears about Hart after the England goalkeeper appeared to be struggling with a back injury towards the end of the game.

When asked if Hart was okay, the Italian responded: "I think so."

It was City's first game since Manchester United were confirmed as champions on Monday, and Mancini is keen for his men to stay focused for the remainder of the season.

He explained: "It is important for us to finish this championship well because we need to win the next three or four games to finish second, and then try and win the FA Cup final."

Mancini also reiterated that he would try and strengthen his squad during the early part of the summer to give City the best chance of success next season.

"It is important to move quickly because there are a lot of teams that want to buy players," he said.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property