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City famously secured the title with the final kick of last season and have secured more points late in games this term, a trait associated with their cross-town rivals

Joleon Lescott believes Manchester City have begun to develop a winning mentality similar to that associated with great rivals, Manchester United.

Roberto Mancini's side have continued from last season's last-gasp title win to secure late points against Fulham and West Brom this term, a trait often associated with Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

The former Wolves defender is delighted to have developed the knack of winning against the odds, and believes it can only stand the champions in good stead.

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"If we can take something from our neighbours and use it to benefit us, then great,” Lescott told reporters.

"Everyone knows we are a good footballing side, but when we need to dig in and be together, we can do that.

"We showed a different side to us at West Brom. We never know when we are beaten and the squad has strength in depth."

Edin Dzeko netted a dramatic stoppage time winner on Saturday to secure an unlikely victory for City, who played the majority of the game at the Hawthorns with 10 men after James Milner’s dismissal for a professional foul in the 22nd minute.

Lescott was quick to praise the Bosnian striker’s effectiveness in his current role as an impact substitute, and to hold Dzeko’s attitude up as reflective of that of the squad at large.

He added: "Dzeko coming on and scoring goals is a great asset to have. He is not going to like the tag of super-sub, but it is working well for us at the minute. All the players are coming on and giving 100 per cent."

Lescott has found himself in and out of the line-up this season despite forming a title-winning partnership with Vincent Kompany and wants to nail down his place in the side ahead of Wednesday's key clash against Ajax.

“Hopefully I will be in the team,” he added. “But we have strength in depth which is massive for us. But I am confident. Playing every game for England in the Euros helped my confidence.

“People say the next two games are must-wins for us. But I think every game from now until the end of the group stage is a must-win.”

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