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Mancini delighted with Manchester City's resolve after win over Swansea

The Italian spoke of the pride he has in his players after they overcame the disappointment and tiredness of the loss to Ajax in midweek to grind out a 1-0 win against the Swans.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hailed his side’s mental strength in beating Swansea City after its recent disappointments in the Champions League.

Following a 3-1 defeat to Ajax in midweek, the Italian revealed his eagerness to avoid any lasting damage to City’s domestic challenges – and the team was met by a chorus of boos at half time after struggling to break down a stubborn Swans side.

Mancini chose not to highlight his players’ slow start to the game, instead praising the Blues for persevering to grinding out a victory.

“In this moment after Champions League defeat it’s important we start to win quickly,” he told reporters. “[In the] first half [we played] so-so, [but] I think we were so tired. The second half we were getting better, we had lots of chances to score.”

Mario Balotelli’s arrival at the start of the second half gave a previously frustrated Carlos Tevez more freedom on the pitch, with the Argentine snatching his side’s eventual winner with a thunderous long-range strike just after the hour mark. Mancini spoke of his delight at the latter breaking his eight-game scoreless streak.

“[Tevez] played well,” the Italian added. “He played also well against West Brom, he worked hard for the team. He scored today and it was an important goal, I am happy for him.”

The game ended on a sour note, with defender Micah Richards stretchered off with a knee injury 10 minutes from time.

With fellow right backs Pablo Zabaleta and Maicon already sidelined, Mancini is hopeful that the seven-day break before the trip to face West Ham could leave enough time for one or both of the injured duo to return to match fitness.

He added: “[Richards] has a problem in his knee, but I don’t know the situation. I hope [it is not bad] but I don’t know. [There is] no previous problem, he was tired because it was the third game in 10 games. We have one week we can recover, maybe we can recover a couple of players for the next game.”

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