Mancini hails 'very important' point

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Roberto Mancini hailed the resilience of his players after Manchester City held on for a point amid a late onslaught against Liverpool on Sunday.

Vincent Kompany had given the visitors the lead at Anfield after he, somewhat fortunately, diverted a David Silva corner into the net.

However, the Reds were level moments later when Joleon Lescott inadvertently slid a shot from Charlie Adam past a helpless Joe Hart.

City's chances of restoring supremacy took a significant blow in the second-half after Mario Balotelli was sent off for a second bookable offence.

However, City managed to ride out the latter stages, and had Hart to thank for keeping Liverpool at bay.

And Mancini was certainly relieved to return to Manchester with a draw, which keeps City at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

"It is a good result, especially because we played the last ten minutes with ten men," the City boss told Sky Sports. "It is very important.

"Joe saved the situation but with ten men we had a big, big chance to win it at the end through David Silva.

"But it was very important to remain unbeaten because it says we are a strong team.

"For us it was a good result because it was difficult."

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