Mancini concerned despite dominant win
Manchester City 3 QPR 1: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini lamented his side’s finishing after they overcame a lacklustre display in front of goal to eventually see off QPR 3-1 at Eastlands.
City only had a Yaya Toure strike to show for their dominance when Bobby Zamora stunned the champions with a 59th-minute equaliser against the run of play.
Their response was to go back ahead almost immediately, with Edin Dzeko heading home, and while Carlos Tevez added a third in injury time Mancini was unimpressed.
“I think we played well in 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,” he said in an interview on ESPN. “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 meant that City are still yet to keep a clean sheet — a hallmark of their title run last season — although skipper Vincent Kompany is unconcerned just yet.
“No it doesn’t matter. We’ve always proved to be solid come difficult times,” he said. “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.”
Kompany did admit his side’s inability to kill QPR off early on was a problem to be rectified in the more immediate future.
“I think probably we worked really hard to keep possession and create chances and if after a while you don’t score your chances you let other team into the game,” he said. “It just seems to be one of those things. They didn’t have any chances before that — 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.”