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Sunday 28 October 2012

Mancini glad 'tired' City scrape past Swansea

Manchester City manager says midweek exertions affected players in beating Swansea 1-0

Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman takes on Man City's Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany

Man City 1-0 Swansea

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was pleased that his players overcame tiredness to beat Swansea City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The Barclays Premier League champions moved within a point of the Chelsea at the top after Carlos Tevez’s strike on the hour.

Mancini felt that the midweek defeat by Ajax in UEFA Champions League had taken much out of his players.

"Our performance in the first half was so-so because we were so tired but in the second half we played better, we had a lot of chances to score,” he said. "In this moment, when you are in a difficult moment, after a defeat in the Champions League, it is important we start to win quickly.

"We played three days ago and Swansea played very well. They were fresh, so it was important to take these three points.

"We now have one week when we can recover and I hope we can recover a couple of [injured] players for the next game and we can work."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was left to rue two saves from City goalkeeper Joe Hart from Michu that prevented his team from taking some points but he remained positive despite the defeat.

"We have to say, both times, Joe Hart made some great saves,” he said. "Coming here, playing against the champions away, when they only create one clear chance in 90 minutes and you create two or three, you can think you deserved a little more.

"The great teams just take those few chances and convert them into goals. I want to only see the positive things today because there are so many."

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Key Points

  • Manchester City closed the gap on Chelsea with a 1-0 win against Swansea City
  • Roberto Mancini says midweek UEFA Champions League defeat took its toll
  • Swansea's Michael Laudrup left to rue two saves from Joe Hart on Michu