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Friday 20 April 2012

Man City boss Mancini wary of Wolves

City manager warns team to prepare for a tough match at Molineux on Sunday

Man City recorded a hard-fought 3-1 win over Wolves at the Etihad Stadium in October

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says he is not taking anything for granted as his title-chasing side take on relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend.

City, currently in second place in the Barclays Premier League table and five points behind leaders Manchester United with only four matches left to play, travel to Molineux on Sunday to play Wolves, who are five points adrift at the bottom.

But despite the difference in League positions, Mancini believes Terry Connor's men will provide stiff opposition.

"It will be difficult. Wolves are bottom of the table but it will be a tough game"
- Roberto Mancini

"For us it is important to finish well this season," said Mancini. "We want to try to win the next game.

"It will be difficult. Wolves are bottom of the table but it will be a tough game, we need to play like we did against Norwich.

"I watched their games against Arsenal and Manchester United, and after they conceded goals they found it difficult but when they started they were playing at 100%. Because of that they are going to make it tough for us."

Wolves are likely to have Dorus de Vries in goal for his first Premier League start after Wayne Hennessey was ruled out for six months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury.

And Connor says he has full confidence in the Dutch keeper.

"He had to play some time and he's been working diligently for the last nine months waiting for his chance," said the Wolves boss.

"There are times when he's been frustrated because he wanted to play, like every player, but now his chance has come and I've said to him: 'This is your moment, this is what you've been training for'."

Wolves may be in a perilous situation at the wrong end of the table but Connor insists his side have not given up the fight against relegation.

"I'm a realist, I know where we are, but I'm not resigned to relegation"
- Terry Connor

"Our lads will be fully revved up and ready to go on Sunday and we will make it as difficult as possible for Man City," added Connor.

"In our situation we know we have to try to win the game so we will be going to take the game to them.

"I'm a realist, I know where we are, but I'm not resigned to relegation. We both need three points. They will go out there and will give it 100% as they did against Sunderland to get a point and has they have done in previous weeks.

"Everyone will be thinking when City come here that they've got to win to keep the title race going.

"But no-one will be saying 'Wolves have got to win this one to stay in the league' even though that is what we will be striving to do. That's why, possibly, the best team we could be facing is one of the top two."

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Key Points

  • Roberto Mancini insists Man City must not take Wolves lightly on Sunday
  • Goalkeeper Dorus de Vries likely to start for Wolves
  • Boss Terry Connor says Wolves are still fighting at the bottom of the table