Blame me for City defeat, says dejected Roberto Mancini

Feb 01, 2012, 11:30 IST | AFP

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted he was to blame for the costly defeat that provided Manchester United with renewed hope in the title race.

Mancini insisted he got it all wrong as Darron Gibson's first Premier League goal since March 2010 enabled United to move level on points with City as they crashed to a 1-0 loss at Everton.

Gibson's telling contribution for his new club ensures City have only won once in their last 21 visits to Goodison Park and completed an excellent evening for David Moyes, the Everton manager, who celebrated his 150th game in charge of the Merseysiders in style.

And the City manager was content to take on the chin a defeat that could have serious repercussions as United bid to beat their deadly rivals to the Premier League crown.

"We didn't prepare well and we had a problem. I can't make the same mistake next time," Mancini said.

"I'm very disappointed with my mistake and we didn't prepare well with the training. We are still at the top and there are 15 games to go and it's important that we win the game at home on Saturday (against Fulham).

"I thought it would be easier but it never is here. We didn't deserve to lose the game but it was because of my mistake that we did."

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