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Barry won't blame paper talk

Gareth Barry refused to use the uncertainty over manager Roberto Mancini's future as an excuse for Manchester City's shock FA Cup final defeat.

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Gareth Barry: No excuses for FA Cup final defeat

Gareth Barry: No excuses for FA Cup final defeat

The immediate build-up to City's clash with Wigan at Wembley was overshadowed by fresh speculation linking Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini with the top job at the Etihad Stadium.

City's under-par performance was punished in stoppage-time when Ben Watson headed the only goal of the game but Barry insisted the rumours had not been a distraction.

"We are professionals," he said. "We can't use something like that as an excuse.

"We have it not just before this game, but all this season and last season as well. What happened today has nothing to do with the speculation."

Wigan are three points from safety with just two games to go but despite their relegation plight, Barry had been braced for a stern test.

"It was exactly the sort of game we expected really," he added. "We knew what sort of game Wigan play and on a pitch like this they can play their football, no matter what the situation is.

"They have got a fight at the bottom of the Premier League but they showed what a good team they are.

"We didn't play our normal passing game, but sometimes that can happen at the end of the season.

"We have had one of those days. It'll make no difference to where this club wants to go.

"We have to learn from the season we have had and push on next season, raise it to another level."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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