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Pellegrini: We couldn't take our minds off the Liverpool defeat

Manuel Pellegrini conceded that Manchester City's title hopes have suffered a serious blow after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by bottom club Sunderland.

It could have been even worse for City who needed a late equaliser by Samir Nasri to avoid defeat, but Liverpool are now six points ahead having only played a single game more while Chelsea are four points in front.

Of course the chances are less than before the match. It was very important for us to win the three points, for different reasons we couldn't but we continue fighting to the end.

I think we couldn't take out of the mind the game against Liverpool and that was the consequence why the team didn't play well.

We needed more intensity but our mind maybe was not in the moment to do it.

Maybe at the moment Liverpool and Chelsea have better chances than our team because we are in third position but we still continue fighting until the last game.

– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

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Stoke reject Jones fine appeal

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones has had an appeal against a fine imposed on him by his former club Stoke rejected by the Potters, PA Sport understands.

Jones was fined the equivalent of two weeks' wages in January after he sent Stoke boss Mark Hughes a text message on the night before the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool to say he was unavailable for selection.

It is understood Jones went back to Stoke last week to argue the level of his fine was unjust, but Potters chairman Peter Coates has since concluded that not to be the case and that the 29-year-old player can now either pay up or take the matter to the Premier League.

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Williams: Swansea are in a good position to stay up

Swansea skipper Ashley Williams believes it is "impossible to know" how many points will ultimately guarantee Barclays Premier League survival this season.

Swansea are just three points above the danger zone ahead of next Saturday's trip to Newcastle.

It is different to normal seasons as everyone is still in the mix. But we really need points.

You always look at other results. That is normal, we are like anyone.

You knew a day like Saturday was going to happen because teams are not going to keep losing every week.

That day came and we knew this would be tough, but we have to concentrate on ourselves and if you are going to be in a relegation battle I would prefer to be in our position with points on the board.

– Swansea captain Ashley Williams.
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