English Premiership

Mancini: There was a big fault

2013-02-04 08:26
Roberto Mancini (AFP)

Manchester - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini felt his side should have been awarded a foul in the build-up to Liverpool's first goal in the 2-2 draw between the sides on Sunday.

Edin Dzeko, scorer of City's opening goal, went down under a challenge from Daniel Agger but referee Anthony Taylor allowed play to continue and Daniel Sturridge drove home an equaliser from just outside the box.

A magnificent Steven Gerrard strike 17 minutes from time then put Liverpool ahead, only for Sergio Aguero to earn the champions a share of the spoils with a 78th-minute equaliser.

"Before their first goal, there was a big fault," Mancini told Sky Sports.

"If it happened against us it would be a red card, but instead the referee didn't see anything. But in the end, I feel that was the right result."

Sturridge, however, insisted Liverpool had been within their rights to play on.

"From our viewpoint, the referee said to play on and not to kick the ball out," he said.

"The referee said it's not our job to kick the ball out, it's the referee's job. If the referee had said to kick it out, we would have kicked it out.

"And if the referee says play on, we will do exactly what he says. We played on and we scored."

City midfielder James Milner, who teed up Dzeko's goal after 23 minutes, said the hosts should have been awarded a free-kick for Aggers' challenge but conceded it was not up to Liverpool's players to halt the game.

"The first goal was frustrating as it should have been a foul, but you have to carry on and we should have closed down quicker," he told BBC Sport.

"It is up to the referee to stop it and Liverpool were entitled to carry on."

Read more on:    manchester city  |  epl  |  roberto mancini  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.