Mancini faces fans fury

Carlos Tevez makes way for Gareth Barry in a seemingly bizarre substitution by under pressure Man City manager Roberto Mancini

Carlos Tevez makes way for Gareth Barry in a seemingly bizarre substitution by under pressure Man City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City 0 – 0 Birmingham

Roberto Mancini felt the full weight of frustration as his Manchester City side were booed off after their second goalless draw in four days at Eastlands.• Mancini doesn’t feel any pressureJust as against Manchester United on Wednesday, the entertainment value was sadly lacking, except this time City were playing against a side who could be in the bottom three by tomorrow evening.James Milner came closest to breaking the deadlock, 15 seconds after the interval, when his shot was cleared off the line by Stephen Carr.It was not impressive stuff though for a side who, whilst remaining in a Champions League position, have now won just one match from their last five Premier League outings and have not scored a league goal on home soil since the beginning of October.That Mancini compounded this by taking crowd favourite Carlos Tevez off before the end, and replacing him with Gareth Barry, just heightened a sense of unhappiness at the sight of an obdurate Birmingham outfit heading back down the M6 with a precious point.As Birmingham turned out in a red away kit that could have passed for Manchester United, it was easy to believe this was simply a continuation of Wednesday night’s awful fare.There were obvious differences. For a start, Birmingham were intent on defending their penalty area, a tactic that became apparent within the first five minutes.Aleksandar Kolarov was introduced for only his second start of the season, a notable figure if only because he came across from his left-back station to take City’s right-wing corners.And Adam Johnson was picked, offering the England star to match his words of discontent about forcing himself into Mancini’s plans so infrequently, with meaningful action.Unfortunately, the end product was depressingly similar to a midweek derby generally acknowledged to be one of the worst of recent times. If anything, due to a chronic lack of atmosphere mainly, this was even worse.Ben Foster did not have a first half save to make, or at least the one he did need to make but failed, turned out to be of no consequence anyway as Carlos Tevez was ruled to have handled David Silva’s cross to get it past the England man.Referee Mike Jones got that call right, just as he was probably correct to rule it was not a penalty when Liam Ridgewell went down under Johnson’s challenge.It was more a case of accidentally tripping over someone’s feet by the Birmingham full back, who did not complain, even if manager Alex McLeish did.Kolarov, Tevez and Johnson drove ambitious efforts wide, drawing groans from home supporters who clearly expect much better. They came very close to getting it within 15 seconds of the restart.Having organised his defence so well, McLeish must have been startled at how easily they were undone in route one fashion when James Milner breached their defences.Foster repelled the midfielder’s first effort but Milner seemed sure to tuck the rebound home, only for Carr to pop up and make a fine goalline clearance.It emphasised the greater purpose City had found during the interval, even if Tevez, Milner and, most glaringly, Yaya Toure wasted decent chances.Toure is yet to win over the Blues support since his summer arrival from Barcelona on a reputed salary in excess of £200,000 a week.For that money, more is anticipated that a rushed finish to a move in which both Milner and David Silva created space for the imposing Ivorian to shoot.Toure has been part of a spending spree over the past two transfer windows that has turned Roque Santa Cruz into City’s forgotten man.The Paraguayan, signed by Mark Hughes from Blackburn in an £18 million deal 17 months ago, admitted earlier this week that he would be seeking pastures new in January.However, with Emmanuel Adebayor missing due to a bruised heel and his side starting to run out of ideas, Mancini opted to introduce Santa Cruz into a Premier League encounter for the first time this season.The Paraguayan almost had an instant impact too, slipping an intelligent pass through for Tevez, who dragged his shot wide.As thoughts of an upturn in fortunes increasingly looked like being an illusion, frustration in the stands turned to fury when Tevez was replaced by Gareth Barry seven minutes from time.Tevez raised a rueful eyebrow as he took his place in the dug-out, leaving Mancini to face the ire of his own supporters.

  • Mancini doesn’t feel any pressureAfter the match Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini defended his tactics following a second scoreless draw on home soil in four days.Disenchantment in the stands grew when Carlos Tevez was replaced by Gareth Barry in the final stages, forcing Mancini onto the back foot.”I am frustrated as well,” he said. “I wanted to win. I don’t want to draw or lose.”Carlos has had a little injury for two or three weeks and I felt if we took off that player we might have more chances to score. But if you think I put four strikers on and we score four goals, it is not true.”All supporters are like this, in England and Italy. I must think like a manager. We can play wide, get the ball into the box, then we can score. Supporters just think why don’t you put more strikers in the box, two, three, four, five.”The Italian flew back home on a family visit on Saturday evening, although he insists he feels under no pressure.”Which pressure? For what?” he said. “You continue to say I am under pressure. Which pressure? Because some supporters say I did not put two strikers on, or journalists say I am too defensive?”I am not under pressure. We are in fourth position. We have some problems. Since the start of the season it has been the case that if Carlos Tevez doesn’t score, no-one does. We must improve that. But we have only played 13 games. When I have all my players and we have the right balance, then maybe we play better.”Ironically, Birmingham manager Alex McLeish seemed more relaxed even though his side are struggling at the wrong end of the table.”I was never comfortable,” he said. “The second half in particular was a bit scary but the longer the game went I felt we could just nick something.”McLeish confirmed midfielder Craig Gardner suffered an ankle injury, which he had hoped to run off but found the pain was just too severe.”He was struggling even before City came out for the second-half,” said McLeish. “But we stood firm. Everyone put a shift in for us.”We know we have a big fight in this league but we are not getting panicky and paranoid looking at league tables in November.”
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