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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Mancini left fuming by Johnson's two-footer

ROBERTO Mancini insisted Glen Johnson's tackle on Joleon Lescott during last night's Carling Cup semi-final was worse than the one that landed Vincent Kompany with a four-match ban.

The Manchester City manager clashed angrily with Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard after last night's 1-0 Carling Cup defeat.

Still fuming at Kompany's appeal being turned down yesterday, Mancini feels there was a clear lack of consistency in Johnson not even getting booked for his two-footed challenge.

"This tackle was worse. Gerrard came to me and said I said something," said Mancini.

"It was not for Johnson. It is for the tackle. This tackle was worse than Vinny's. Everyone can see it."

Mancini clashed with Gerrard twice, the second particularly fractious, although the Liverpool goalscorer was unrepentant.

"It surprises me because he had a go at Wayne Rooney. Now he's had a go at one of ours," Gerrard said, in response to comments from Mancini claiming the England striker had influenced the decision to dismiss Kompany.

"Steven Gerrard can say what he wants," Mancini responded.

The incident completed a bad night for Mancini and his team, who suffered back-to-back home defeats for the first time since February 2008.

Kompany's stand-in Stefan Savic had a particularly difficult time, struggling to contain Liverpool forward Andy Carroll and conceding the penalty that allowed Gerrard to ram home the winner.

It hardly inspires confidence for City fans that Savic is expected to retain his place for the Premier League trip to Wigan next Monday, but Mancini is looking on the bright side.

"Savic needs to get experience," he said. "It is normal."

Mancini said he expects to know within the next 48 hours the extent of the injury that kept David Silva out and forced Mario Balotelli off in the first half.

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