Gareth Barry dimisses Mancini distraction

Gareth BarryGareth Barry says the uncertainty over Roberto Mancini’s future is not to blame for the shock FA Cup Final defeat against Wigan.

City were hot favourites going into the Wembley showdown but came unstuck as a header from Ben Watson deep in stoppage time earned Latics a deserved 1-0 victory.

Some had suggested the doubts over Mancini’s future could have played a part, but Barry has dismissed such talk and says the City players should have been professional enough to get a result.

“We are professionals. We can’t use something like that as an excuse,” Barry revealed. “We have it not just before this game, but all this season and last season as well.

“What happened today has nothing to do with the speculation.”

Barry blamed the defeat on City’s failure to play their passing game but refused to take anything away from Wigan.

“It was exactly the sort of game we expected really,” he added. “We knew what sort of game Wigan play and on a pitch like this they can play their football, no matter what the situation is.

“They have got a fight at the bottom of the Premier League but they showed what a good team they are. We didn’t play our normal passing game, but sometimes that can happen at the end of the season.”

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