Mancini rues defensive lapse

Roberto Mancini does not accept that his Manchester City side are destined to finish in the Premier League's top four despite maintaining his 100 per cent start to life in the Eastlands hot-seat with a 4-1 demolition of Blackburn Rovers.

Carlos Tevez's hat-trick and a fourth goal from Micah Richards helped City leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place in the table and the final Champions League qualifying spot.

The Citizens have now scored ten goals in their four successive wins under the Italian coach. However, the one goal conceded – to Rovers' Morten Gamst Pedersen on Monday night – left Mancini in a cautious mood.

"It's nice scoring goals but the most important thing was that we won," he said."But we must have more attention in certain situations, because one lapse resulted in conceding a goal and the game changed after that.

"It's important we continue our run and keep winning games if possible, and improve game after game. Every game is difficult and the next match at Everton will be tough too."

Meanwhile, Mancini was full of praise for Tevez after he made it ten goals in his last seven Premier League appearances and 15 for the season.

"When I was in Italy I had six or seven Argentinian players and they all told me that Carlos is a wonderful player, but I'd seen him enough times to know that for myself," he continued.

"Now I work with him on a daily basis and I can see how good he is in training and during matches. I hope he reaches any target he sets for himself, but of course I'd also like lots of other players to score goals too."

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