Roberto Mancini feels Manchester City remain bang in contention for the Premier League title
29 December 2012 05:38
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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini thinks his side remains handily placed in the Premier League title race after their thrilling 4-3 win over Norwich.
City scored twice in the opening five minutes at Carrow Road and dug deep to take three vital points, playing the second-half with 10 men after Samir Nasri was sent off - a decision Mancini did not agree with.
Edin Dzeko scored twice in the first five minutes but the reigning Premier League champions were forced to hold on after Russell Martin's second goal of the game set up a tense final 15 minutes.
Mancini, whose side remains seven points behind Manchester United, said: "It (the red card) changed the game. If not we would have won this game without a problem. "With 10 players it is difficult as Norwich is a good team - 11 against 10 is not easy, but today we showed why we are there for the title because we won't leave this title easy and we'll fight every game. With 10 players the guys were fantastic. "It was not a red card. I cannot understand why the linesman said to the referee it was a red card because I was there and Samir did nothing.
"At Sunderland we played well, we deserved to win and we were missing only a goal. We had 23, 24 chances to score and we don't score. In the end we lost, but that is now in the past and we won this game - an important game.
"We played very well and played fantastic football for 20 minutes. Dzeko scored two important goals and I am happy. I was happy after Sunderland as well when we were missing only a goal. Carlos (Tevez) played well, Sergio (Aguero) played well and clearly when the strikers score it is easy for us.
"For us, now it is not important to look at the table because now we need only to work, to win many games in a row and then maybe in February we can look at the table."