Hull 2 Man City 1: Three-minute warning as defeat enrages Mancini

08 February 2010 12:19
Roberto Mancini admitted that his players' 'soft' attitudes need to change after this poor display. In fact, the first-half performance angered him so much that he only gave a three-minute team talk at half-time.

Wayne Bridge was the only man who could hold his head high as he came off the pitch, having coped admirably with the crowd's taunts.

Bridge was playing for the first time since revelations that his former partner Vanessa Perroncel had an affair with John Terry.

To Hull and back: Wayne Bridge was taunted by the home supporters

But the rest of Mancini's players produced the worst showing of histenure. As they trudged in at the interval, trailing 1-0, the Italianexpressed his views in a brief and sharp manner before leaving them inthe dressing room as he returned to the dugout.

This is the first time that his patience has been tested since hetook over as City boss. His team improved after the break but werestill out-fought.

'I was quiet,' claimed Mancini, when discussing his reaction in the dressing room at half-time.

Angry: Man City manager Roberto Mancini

'The players were angry. We knew that we didn't play well. 'We havetop players so some think that when you play a squad of a differentlevel, you can play softer. That's OK if you want to finish in themiddle. We must change the mentality to get in the top four.

'I'm not surprised we lost. Hull were more aggressive in the firsthalf. We moved the ball very slowly. We played very well in the secondhalf. In the future, we'll have to play more like we did in the secondhalf.'

The players need to learn from Bridge's example. On Tuesday, Terrywas barracked by the Hull crowd - this time it was Bridge's turn. Theloudest chants of the afternoon were reserved for the defender. Theywere insensitive and unprintable, with the least vile one being'There's only one John Terry'.

There were plenty of chances to mock him, including his shin pad flying out of his sock.

'People did not respect him,' said Mancini. 'It was important thatWayne played well. He's coming back after 13 days out. Next week, hecan improve after more training.'

Alongside Bridge, there were problems galore. Mancini's centre backs- captain Kolo Toure and Dedryck Boyata - were disappointing, bothbeing booked within the first 20 minutes.

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The sooner that Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards recover from their respective knee and calf injuries, the better.

Toure and Boyata struggled to handle the physicality of Hull's strike pairing of Jozy Altidore and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.

It was no surprise when Altidore put Hull ahead in the 31st minute,firing in with a low drive after the Dutchman had held the ball up forhim.

It was Altidore's long-awaited first Barclays Premier League goal.The US striker said: 'We wanted to express ourselves as much as wecould and we had two big guys up front. It was basically 100 per centeffort.'

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