Mancini prioritises win over performance

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has stated that getting the win against Wigan was more important than the team’s performance.

A solitary Edin Dzeko goal restored City’s three-point advantage at the top of the Premier League in a 1-0 win at the DW Stadium.

Despite it not being the best performance from his team, Mancini has admitted that the win was all that counted.
“It was about the victory not the performance tonight,” the Italian coach told Sky Sports.

“It was really important to win tonight. We knew that was difficult because Wigan this month have played very well and Roberto Martinez is a fantastic manager.

“At this moment we have a lot of players injured, we have a big problem and for this reason it is not important maybe to play very, very well, but important to get a good result.

“I was nervous when it was still 1-0 but that’s normal, every player and manager is nervous,” he commented.

Dzeko’s strike was his first in 11 games, and Mancini is happy that the Bosnian striker has ended his goal drought.

“I’m very happy for him because he deserved to score a goal.

“He scored this very important goal for us and I hope he continues it in the next game.”

“Next up is a top of the table clash with Tottenham on Sunday, and Mancini is expecting a close game.

“It is a big game because Tottenham are having a fantastic season. They are a big team and it will be a fantastic match on Sunday,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight