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Classy display deserved victory, says Mancini

Mancini on the touchline

Mancini on the touchline

Roberto Mancini believes the Blues got exactly what they deserved at Fulham this afternoon – three points.

With City making a Fulham side that thrashed Juventus in midweek look distinctly ordinary, Mancini was pleased with the way his team controlled the majority of the game.

“We played a good game, were very strong and we deserved to win,” he said.

“It wasn’t as comfortable as it perhaps should have been in the end, but Fulham fought well and were maybe a little tired after their game against Juventus.

“We started well, scored two great goals and had many chances to make the game safe a long time before Fulham scored. I thought the whole team played really well, but we needed to take one of the chances early in the second half.

“The second goal was the key today because it made us calm and allowed us to pass the ball around and create many chances.”

The Blues’ boss also said he will keep his attacking formation, provided it doesn’t leave any holes in midfield or defence.

“We played with four attack-minded players in Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez, Adam Johnson and Craig Bellamy, but it was important that we had a good balance throughout the rest of the team and if we have this, we can play in this style.

“This was a great win for us because this is a difficult ground to come to and not many teams win here.”

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