Mancini vows to keep fighting for the title

Manchester City are still 12 points behind Manchester United. Photo: PA

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insisted it was not his mentality to concede the title race after today's 2-0 win over Chelsea.

Goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez gave the Premier League champions victory at the Etihad Stadium, where Joe Hart also saved a penalty from Frank Lampard.

City trail neighbours Manchester United by 12 points but have not given up hope with 11 games remaining.

"We can't think it's finished with 11 games to go," Mancini told Sky Sports. "It's not my mentality or the mentality of the players."

Hart brought down Demba Ba to concede the 50th-minute penalty, but redeemed himself with an excellent save to deny Lampard what would have been his 200th Chelsea goal.

"If they score the penalty we still had a chance to win because we had another 40 minutes," Mancini added.

"I think Joe is the best in England and one of the best in Europe and I am pleased for him because he saved a penalty, but he could do better before with the long ball; he could be perfect if he wants to."

Hart, who had come in for criticism recently after a poor performance in the loss to Southampton, added: "Lamps is a big hero of mine and it was nice to save it, but I gave it away so I had to.

"It was just a case of trying to go the right way and getting a strong hand to it."

Toure, who opened the scoring for City, added: "The first half was quite good, we missed a couple of chances and Joe had to make a big save. I think it made the difference.

"Of course we know United are very strong away and at home and it's going to be very tough, but we have to keep going."