Sunday 04 November 2012
Roberto Mancini was frustrated after his Manchester City side lost ground to the new leaders of the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United, when they were held 0-0 away to West Ham United.
The City manager was unhappy at the chances missed by his side at Upton Park, notably one from close range druing the first half by Mario Balotelli, one of three forwards who started for the away side.
"A player like Balotelli, when he has a chance like today, he should score,” Mancini said. "Because when you are a top player, if you have a chance, you should score this - but I don't think he didn't want to score."
"Balotelli, when he has a chance like today, he should score"
Mancini was pleased with how his team performed but was unhappy that they could not gain three points.
"When you have 65% ball possession, 22 shots - maybe less shots on goal - you deserve to win - and we missed four incredible chances to score,” he said. "But I am happy with the performance, because we played well, I'm unhappy with the chances that we're missing.
"When you're playing well and you have a chance, and you're missing an incredible chance, you can be frustrated...but this is football. If you don't score, you can't win - we lost two points."
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce disagreed with Mancini, feeling that his team were good value for their point.
"I'm really pleased," he said. "Our performance today from start to finish was very, very good indeed.
"The way we started the game was bright, trying to see if we could test Man City early on.
"Of course we would have to do some severe defending somewhere along the line and that wasn't so much in the first half but certainly was in the second."
Despite being pressed back into their own penalty area for long periods in the second half Allardyce was happy with the commitment shown by his players to pick up a good result.
"We have to be satisfied that we've taken a point off the champions"
"In fairness to the lads, they kept on going and going,” he said. "We had the odd breakout in the second half which caused them the odd problem or two and certainly Andy's [Carroll] overhead kick would've been a fabulous goal.
"It was goalbound. I don't know whether Harty [Joe Hart] would've saved it but it hit somebody else [Gael Clichy] in the back. But we have to be satisfied that we've taken a point off the champions and it really is a good day for us."
Allardyce also believes the display will give his players added confidence as they continue a tough run of fixtures leading up to Christmas.
“This one is icing on top of the cake for us because it's a really tough group of fixtures and we've started by playing the champions of the Premier League and getting a point, so that gives us great confidence going on into this group of fixtures," he said.
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