Roberto Mancini slams Manchester City’s defending as Sunderland stun the Barclays Premier League leaders

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini sits in the dugout during the Barclays Premier League match at Sunderland.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini sits in the dugout during the Barclays Premier League match at Sunderland.
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MANCHESTER City boss Roberto Mancini cricised his team’s gung-ho attitude as the Barclays Premier League leaders fell to a 1-0 loss at Sunderland.

The visitors enjoyed 65 per cent of possession and twice hit the bar, but could not beat the returning Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Ji Dong-won consigned City to defeat in the last seconds of added time.

Sunderland's Ji Dong-Won, center, has a shot towards goal past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart, right, and Pablo Zabaleta, left, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Sunderland's Ji Dong-Won, center, has a shot towards goal past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart, right, and Pablo Zabaleta, left, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Mancini said his players got sloppy in the end, over-committing going forward and leaving themselves vulnerable to Sunderland’s match-wnning counter attack.

Mancini said: “I’m really disappointed.

“Second half we had a lot of chances to score. We didn’t score, but we can’t concede a counter-attack like this.

“We conceded two, three counter-attacks in the last 10 minutes which were really dangerous.

“A strong team can’t concede this game. Sometimes when you can’t win - because it was difficult - you can’t lose.

“You need to defend those. Sometimes when you attack with seven players it’s enough, because if not you can concede a counter-attack like we conceded.

“In the first half we didn’t play very well, second half much better. We had to win this game. This moment is a strange situation.”