Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

Linesman, Aguero feel Mancini's wrath



Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini picked on a linesman and even scorer Sergio Aguero after Sunday's 2-2 draw with Liverpool as he begins to clutch at straws in the pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester United.

City's second straight draw means United are nine points clear of the second-placed champions with 13 matches left and a possible foul on Edin Dzeko in the buildup to Liverpool's first equaliser left Mancini fuming.

"Before the first goal it was a big foul. If the foul happened against us it was probably a red card for Vinny Kompany," Mancini told Sky in reference to Kompany's red card at Arsenal last month that was later rescinded.

"Instead the referee and linesman didn't see anything."

Daniel Sturridge grabbed Liverpool's deserved 29th minute equaliser but Mancini reckoned the visitors should have kicked the ball out with Dzeko down on the turf in the other half.

The Bosnian in truth was as much frustrated at not getting the foul as he was injured as he sat on the ground.

"Probably (they should kick it out) because after this there was 15 seconds. I think that the rules are the same for everyone always. The linesman was perfect for 10 minutes - all the fouls for Liverpool every time, every time with the flag but he didn't see this," Mancini murmured.

Former City forward Sturridge, doubtful for England's friendly with Brazil on Wednesday with thigh trouble and booked for diving in an otherwise excellent display, begged to differ.

"From our viewpoint the ref said to play on, he said not to kick the ball out. He said for us it is not our job to kick the ball out, if the referee says to kick it out we kick it out and do that," he said.

"Sometimes you do fair play things for the opposition and sometimes they don't give you the same."

Sturridge had equalised Dzeko's opener but it was the other way round in the second half as Steven Gerrard's fine effort made it 2-1 before Aguero scored from an acute angle after 78 minutes when keeper Pepe Reina rashly charged out of the box.

The Argentina striker's bit of brilliance was only partly appreciated by tough Italian taskmaster Mancini.

"Few players I think (can hit the target like that), he scored a fantastic goal but I think that Sergio and Edin should play better than tonight," he remarked.

"Today we didn't play well, in the last month we play well all the games but today we were so nervous, I don't know why."

Despite his nitpicking, Mancini has not given up hope in the title race after they also overhauled United last term.

"Thirteen games to the end, it is long. I think we can recover nine points," he said.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Dr Errol Sweeney
Armchair refs make me sick
There’s a great expression by Clint Eastwood in one of his “Dirty Harry” movies that epitomises...

Segun Odegbami
Worries for Enrique, Mourinho and Oliseh
Three international coaches have been on my mind this week. The first is Luis Enrique.

Neil Tovey
Rakhale – kasi star on the rise
Thabo Rakhale has come on in leaps and bounds as a player since he debuted for Sivutsa Stars during...

Emeka Enyadike
All eyes on Coutinho
Phillippe Coutinho produced one of the standout moments of the opening week of the Premier League.

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
De Gea won't determine United's season
I watched Manchester United’s EPL match at a snow bound White Hart Lane in January 2013.

Sunday Oliseh
EPL will be a heated battle
Many thought it would be business as usual for Chelsea as they took on Arsenal at the Wembley...