Roberto Mancini thinks that the referee’s decision not to award Manchester City a first-half penalty was the turning point in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
City were 1-0 up thanks to an early Mario Balotelli goal when David Silva appeared to be tripped by Jose Boswinga in the penalty area.
Mark Clattenburg waved away City’s appeals, and Mancini thinks the game would have changed if the spot kick had have been given.
“I think we should have had a penalty,” the Italian explained.
“The referee was only a few metres away and was not certain but he was certain when the ball struck Joleon Lescott’s arm from just a few metres away in the second half.”
Mancini was happy with the way City began the game, but wants his players to be more ruthless in-front of goal.
“We should have scored two or three goals in the first half and when you don’t take your chances you can lose. We were fantastic at times," he added.
The City boss did not dispute either of Gael Clichy’s yellow cards however, and is eager for his side to bounce back.
They will get the chance on Sunday, when Arsenal visit the Etihad Stadium, and may need a positive result to return to the top of the league if Manchester United win their fixture at QPR earlier in the day.
“We are still top of the table and we are strong enough to recover. We know that this is a long season and that many teams will challenge," concluded Mancini.
“Chelsea were really happy to beat us. You could see that at the end of the game. This shows me we are a top team. We must now carry on like we have been doing-starting with Arsenal on Sunday.”