Roberto Mancini believes his team were worthy of winning the game against Everton but also says his team could have ended the game empty-handed. - Manchester City FC

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We can't win them all, says Mancini

  • 01 December 2012 17:43
  • Posted by David Clayton

Roberto Mancini believes his team were worthy of winning the game against Everton but also says his team could have ended the game empty-handed.

The Toffees jinx looked set to strike again when Marouane Fellaini put the visitors ahead on 33 minutes, but a Carlos Tevez penalty ensured the Blues took a point and preserved their unbeaten run which now stretches to 21 games.

“I think the penalty decision was correct but I wasn’t happy with one or two decisions the officials made today,” he said.

“Against Everton is always a difficult game because they work hard and are well organised. When we fell behind we had to take risks to get back in the game.

“We spent most of the second half in Everton’s half but we couldn’t find a way through.”

Mancini also believes his forwards are out of form at present and unable to find a good run of form in front of goal, as well as explaining the Tevez substitution.

“Our strikers aren’t firing on all cylinders at the moment and not scoring enough goals, but they worked hard today and they will have periods like that during the season.

“I took Carlos off because I thought Dzeko might get us another goal – I have my reasons for making the change, but that takes nothing away from Carlos who played very well.

“We are not going to go through the season winning every game and sometimes you have to accept that it is not your way and take something out of the game, which we did.”

Everton boss David Moyes was satisfied with his team’s performance but claims the penalty decision against Fellaini was harsh.

“We played the way we’ve been playing for most of the season and City played better after the break, which we knew they would but we weathered the storm. We played well, but City are a really good side and we have to be happy.

Moyes

“It wasn’t a penalty kick – it appeared really harsh to me and it was never a foul. I’m not sure how many penalties City have had lately, but the fact is we drew against the champions away from home and that was a good draw – we’ve had a few bad draws lately but this was a good one.”

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