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You'd think we were bottom of the league; Mancini's swipe at fans and critics MAN CITY 1 SWANSEA 0.

SPOILT by success used to be the charge levelled at Manchester United fans.

But it seems some the Manchester City faithful, having won the FA Cup and Premier League in successive seasons after a 35-year wait for silverware, have developed the same sense of entitlement.

How else to explain the boos from disgruntled City supporters that rang round the Etihad Stadium at half-time, with the scoreline at 0-0? Whatever the motives, City boss Roberto Mancini remained unimpressed with the half-time dissent from the stands.

He said: "All the teams need their supporters for 90 minutes. This was a good win. After a defeat in the Champions League it was important to win quickly again.

"After all that has been said in the last few days, I thought we were in last position in the Premiership. But I've just looked at the table and we are in second position."

Mancini's last comments were delivered with a heavy dose of sarcasm and it was easy to see why the City boss felt sufficiently emboldened to be so bullish in the face of recent criticism.

The Sky Blues remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have not lost at home in the league for 34 games.

Mancini copped flak for changing his formation three times against Ajax but in this match his tactical switch paid off.

After a flat first half, bringing Mario Balotelli on at half time allowed Carlos Tevez to drop deeper, a move which succeeded with the Argentine striker scoring the winner with a dipping long-range shot.

Wining ugly is the hallmark of all championship-winning sides, a skill City appear to be adding to their armoury.

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Date:Oct 29, 2012
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