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.
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.”