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Post Match Gaffers Reaction To Everton Defeat

Roberto Mancini and David Moyes reflect upon a thoroughly deserved 2-0 Everton win at Goodison Park...


'I think that Everton played better than us. That's football and it can happen...Everton played better than us today. You can't win always. Let's hope this is our last loss.

Regarding his substitutions which were a major talking point, the gaffer said of the injury ravaged Santa Cruz and lightweight tunnel stropper Robinho:

'We are unlucky, Santa Cruz was injured after five minutes. He was our most important player. We have a lot of problems with injuries and have to play always the same players and they are so tired. I changed Robinho because you can't play with five strikers.'


Moyes who had launched into City as having 'no class' in his astonishing programme notes said:

'I've been thinking for a few weeks it was coming but even with a two-goal lead you're always wary against a team of City's quality. But the players did a great job in second half and should have added even more.'

The rarely ever smiling manager went on:

'I've been miserable because we've not been winning. But we've been playing well and a lot of them are coming into form and coming back. When we've got them all back I think we're as good as anyone in the league.'

Certainly Everton were terrific value for a win taht could have been by a greater margin:

'We worried them all day. We were always there and there were some outstanding performances.'

City's reality check may well prove to be timely as the League Cup semi-final showdown with an erratic rags side is less than 72 hours away.

VMC City Video Link: Mancini Post Everton


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 16 2010

Time: 8:44PM

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its nice to see a loosing manager admit defeat with grace.take note fergie,rafa etc.
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16/01/2010 20:51:00

I have said this before but teams like Everton raise their games for teams like ours and we weren't ready. Everton will probably not play as good again all season. I hope that RM sees that we still have that problem at the back, but with the losses to injury, he may need to sign a striker and was that the last time for Robinho in a City shirt?
buzz lightyear
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16/01/2010 20:57:00

buzz,im sure the majority of city fans wouldnt shed a tear if robi left tonight.
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16/01/2010 21:06:00

Buzz, Everton r a very good team, ever since they got that point against us they have been playing well, they drew 3-3 at chelsea then 2-2 at arsenal but should have won, U cant say teams raise there game 4 u? why would they, ur nothing special (yet). Ur very beatable, like the rest of us. U got beat by a better team today so I think u should be as gracious as ur manager
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16/01/2010 21:10:00

Mancini will learn more with this defeat than he did when we were winning. No city player did well today. All the players have been given a chance and now im sure mancini will start to buy a few players now. How santa cruz ever pased a medical is beyond me. Garrido isnt consistent and barry goes missing away from home. Robinho hasnt played well since elano left, he should never wear a city again. All the skill in the world and no heart. Gollum moyes is secretly jealous of citys new wealth. I dont hear him moaning when rooney went to united and slagged him of in his book.
Super City Slicker
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16/01/2010 22:07:00

that was your first real test since mancini took over you looked ordinary they could have had 4 as they hit the bar a couple of times its gonna get harder than this
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16/01/2010 22:20:00

why would moyes be jealous of your millions, you can keep your 13mil gareth barry, i think we'll stick with are 3mil arteta or pienarr or cahill.
Blue P
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17/01/2010 01:22:00

Link to Mancio's pitch side post match interview with the City comms team is now added to the article. Her refers to Barry and De Jong as "tired."
Johnny Baguette
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17/01/2010 08:37:00

Spudsrus, its not actually gonna get much harder at all, Everton and their whining manager much better than us and i can't see many beating them if they reproduce that display every game, which i doubt. The display was more to do with Moyes hating us, they lifted themselves above their capabilities, good that they can actually do that. Great to see a 5 minute ovation for a bit of skill at Goodison from Felaini. But at the end of the day they were light years ahead of us and thats a worry.
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17/01/2010 11:26:00

It's never as simple as "Everton are better than you", that implies every player is better in every way over his City counterpart. I thought Fellaini was fantastic yesterday, and bullied every City player he went near, it was like watching a 17 yr old amongst 10 year olds, he was that effective, compared to our apparently exhausted midfielders. Bobby Manc's first tactical errors in this game cost us dear - Robinho should never have come on for Santa Cruz, Benjani was the obvious choice for physical presence, and Petrov should never play on the right wing when SWP is fit to play, fortunately he corrected these errors during the game, but too late to save our bacon. I honestly believe we're a world class midfielder off challenging for the title, someone such as Gerrard or Yaya Toure, with continued improvement from what we have tactically, and so be able to beat teams such as Spuds and Everton, but until we do, expect embarrassing performances like that.
It's Grim Oop North
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17/01/2010 14:35:00


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