Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned his players must not allow themselves to be caught by sucker punches if they are to lift the Barclays Premier League trophy.
The leaders showed were susceptible at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland survived a battering before snatching victory deep into injury time. Substitute Ji Dong-won made the most of a counter-attack as too many men in blue stood and watched, and the chance to establish a gap over rivals Manchester United evaporated.
Asked if that was good enough, Mancini replied: "No, not for a top team. In that situation, we attacked with eight players and the same players who attack need to come back and run quickly."
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