Man City boss Mancini fuming over controversial decision in match against Everton
Mancini refused to face the media in protest at not being awarded a penalty when they were 1-0 down at Goodison Park.
Although it may well have been to avoid the likely questions about his future with his reign on seriously shaky ground, particularly with Manchester United looking to stretch their lead at the top to 15 points against Reading at Old Trafford last night.
The point of contention came late in the second half when Everton’s Marouane Fellaini blocked a Carlos Tevez shot with his hand inside the box and City should have been given a chance to cancel out Leon Osman’s 32-minute wonder-strike.
But to City’s anger and frustration, a free-kick was given outside the area. And that did it for Mancini, who left first-team coach David Platt to do the talking.
“Roberto Mancini is angry as you can imagine. He is taking stock of the situation and does not want to say things that would get him in trouble,” Platt said. “He is angry about everything in general. We got outworked by Everton, but there is no doubt in my mind about the handball.”
Despite admitting the visitors were outplayed, Platt, and without question Mancini too, were left to wonder what might have been if the penalty was correctly awarded.
“It was not even on the line of the area, people can draw their own conclusions from that. Perhaps we could have got a bit more out of it if that decision had gone for us,” Platt added. On the other hand, Everton boss David Moyes was delighted with the manner in which his team responded after being on the receiving end of a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Wigan in the FA Cup last week.
Moyes was particularly proud, considering the Toffees were reduced to 10-men when Steven Pienaar was sent off for a crude tackle with 30 minutes still to play.
“I thought we had a bad performance last week, which the fans rightly reminded us about, but we just reminded them they are supporting a really good team,” Moyes said.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa won the battle of the relegation candidates, beating QPR, 3-2, in a keenly contested affair at Villa Park, while Arsenal moved to within two points of Chelsea in fourth spot after they beat Swansea 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium.