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Johnson and Mancini happy with clinical cup win

  • 26 October 2011 22:33
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

Adam Johnson was pleased with City's win at Molineux in the Carling Cup, but boss Roberto Mancini wants to see even more from the player named as man-of-the-match.

The winger was at the heart of the three goals in four minutes that burst the home side's bubble, scoring one and having a big hand in the others.

It has been a mixed week for Johnson, having not made the bench for Sunday's win at Old Trafford and coming off in the first half against Villarreal a week ago, and he said,  

"Those three quick goals changed the game, their heads dropped and then it was our game to lose. We kept playing but we probably took our foot off the gas in the second half, we could have pressed a bit more but we passed it and in the end saw the game out.

"I'm pleased to start and delighted to get a full game. Obviously I was disappointed with the last couple of matches, but that's part of football. It was good to get out there and show the manager I'm here and fighting for a regular place.

"The win at Old Trafford is just one win. We want to win every game we play, no matter who it is against. We play Wolves again on Saturday, so this was a good platform for whoever plays, and it will be difficult for them at our place."

The Manager was also happy with the fight-back, but he called on Johnson not to rest on his laurels.

"I'm happy with everything because it was not easy," he declared. "We knew they would be difficult, and after they scored the first goal it was hard. But then we started to play well, we did not make many changes but we had started too deep. All we did was push them higher up.

"He played well, but I think Adam can give more. I liked what he did this evening, but he can do better.

"We really only have him in his position, and I like him. But no player should ever think 'if I do this, it's enough'. He can be one of the best wingers in England or Europe, but he can improve."

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