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Poyet backs Mannone ahead of Chelsea clash

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is confident Vito Mannone has the mental strength to bounce back from his costly midweek howler at Chelsea.

The 26-year-old Italian keeper allowed Samir Nasri's tame shot to squirm from his grasp and over the line as Manchester City snatched a 2-2 draw with the Black Cats at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

That's why when you have a son, the first thing you say is, 'Don't play in goal. Any position but in goal'.

It doesn't matter how well you play for 89 minutes, it doesn't matter how many saves or crosses you catch, if you make one mistake, it is going to cost you a goal.

It's the worst position to be part of. But the goalkeepers know that and the have to live with that and they have cope with that.

I think Vito wants just to play again as soon as soon as possible. I have got no doubts he is going to play tomorrow, it's not a problem for me.

– Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

Fernandinho rues "complete disaster"

Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has admitted that Manchester City suffered "a complete disaster" after being held at home by bottom club Sunderland.

The 2-2 draw, three days after the 3-2 defeat by Liverpool, leaves City's Premier League title hopes in tatters.

Fernandinho had opened the scoring for City less than two minutes into the game but in the end Manuel Pellegrini's tired-looking side were relieved to rescue a point.

The whole team is disappointed about the result, especially in the way we played. The result was a complete disaster for us.

We started well and scored the goal, but for 50 minutes after that we lost control of the game and they played better than us.

We scored after two minutes but then changed our style of game and paid for it. They had three clear chances in the first half and then scored two in the second half, when we lost our position on the pitch.

We need to keep our heads up and think about the next game, when we cannot make a silly mistake, as we did.

– Man City midfielder Fernandinho

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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