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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Be ruthless, Mancini tells City

ESPN staff

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini called on his side to be more ruthless in front of goal after they failed to convert dominance into goals for large parts of the 3-1 victory over QPR.

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The Premier League champions were pegged back by a 59th-minute Bobby Zamora goal after Yaya Toure had given thema first-half lead, but further goals from Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez sealed the points.

Mancini told ESPN: "I think we played well in the first half, but we have one problem at the moment - when we have a chance to score we don't score, and the game can change.

"We had this problem in the first game and against Liverpool. In the second half we didn't play well. We were too slow, but in the end it's important that we took three points.''

Zamora's goal means City have yet to keep a clean sheet this season, but skipper Vincent Kompany said that did not worry him too much.

"No, it doesn't matter," he said. "We've always proved to be solid come difficult times. Come December, January and February, we'll show it. At this time, everyone tries to play the game nicely.

"We left ourselves exposed, but at the end of the season we won't do that."

However, he echoed his manager's call for a more clinical approach, saying: "If after a while you don't score your chances, you let other team into the game.

"It just seems to be one of those things. They didn't have any chances before that [the equaliser] - one shot on goal, and we were unlucky with the deflection.

"But we showed how much character we have. We seem to cope well with any downs we have."

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