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Thursday 14 December 2017

Mancini insists City's rough patch over

MANCHESTER CITY boss Roberto Mancini is hoping his side are over their rough patch after watching them get back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Fulham in the snow on Saturday.

City suffered a disappointing January, losing twice in the league and being knocked out of both cup competitions, but with a tough run of fixtures over, and the Toure brothers due back from the African Nations Cup soon, Mancini is looking forward with more confidence.

"It was an important win for the team," said Mancini. "Maybe something can change because January was a difficult month. Now maybe we can go in a good way."

Sergio Aguero got City started from the penalty spot before setting up Edin Dzeko for the third, either side of an own goal from Chris Baird.

Adam Johnson, meanwhile, insists he did not take a dive to set up City's penalty at the Etihad Stadium.

Radio pundit Stan Collymore was among those who felt Johnson had gone to ground far too easily when Fulham defender Baird made his ninth-minute challenge.

However, Johnson did win some support from others, including Cottagers boss Martin Jol, who admitted he had managed players who would have done exactly the same thing.

But, after being an integral figure in the 3-0 win, Johnson claimed he did nothing wrong.

"I felt the contact," the England winger said. "There is a fine line between diving and anticipating contact but I felt it and went down."

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