Mancini happy to see Balotelli in the goals

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was pleased for Mario Balotelli after his perseverance with the striker was rewarded with a crucial goal at Wigan.

Balotelli endured a largely frustrating night on his first start in six matches, but battled on and turned an evenly-fought Barclays Premier League match in the champions' favour with a 69th-minute strike. City went on to win 2-0 with substitute James Milner hitting a stunning second goal three minutes later.

Mancini said: "I am very happy for him because he scored his first goal this year. He scored an important goal. I hope he can improve in the next week and the next game. Mario is one of the four strikers, we have four top strikers. In this moment we have had some difficulty scoring goals like last year, but I think if we work we can change this."

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