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O'Neill dismisses Mancini "lucky" jibe

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has dismissed comments made by Roberto Mancini after the Boxing Day victory over Manchester City.

Mancini claimed the Black Cats were "lucky" to win the match after seeing his side lose 1-0 courtesy of a second-half strike from former City winger Adam Johnson.

The result was City's third defeat in a row at the Stadium of Light, leaves the Premier League Champions seven points adrift of league leaders Manchester United in the title race.

Speaking after the game, Mancini said: "I think they are really lucky against us at home because you can create every time 15... 20 chances like this year, last year, two years ago and you lose the game.

"They are very lucky against us. They defend well."

When asked his opinion regarding the City manager's comments, O'Neill said: "I'm genuinely not bothered about what Roberto Mancini would say about the team.

"I thought we were terrific today."

O'Neill added that City's Assistant Manager Brian Kidd was full of praise for his team at the final whistle. He said: "Brian Kidd was very complementary. He said about our players throwing their bodies on the line for the team.

"He didn't have to say it, but it was really nice of him."

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