Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini hit out at his side for their slow start during their disappointing 2-1 defeat at Hull City.
The Citizens failed to get into their stride for much of the first 45 minutes at the KC Stadium and were two goals behind just before the hour mark when Emmanuel Adebayor got on the scoresheet.
Mancini told the club's official website:"We started too slowly. We have to learn to fight right from the start.
"If we had done that then we would not have lost. We had to show more commitment from the first whistle.
"It is the same size pitch at home as it is away, but we do not start with the same aggression – this is something that we have to learn to do.
"We moved too slowly and we passed too slowly and we didn't challenge quickly enough either.
"It was a big game for us, because if we had won we would have been in a great position and would still have had our two games in hand over the sides above us and the chance to move into the top four."