Mancini bemoans lack of luck

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini left the Stadion Miejski on Thursday night with a third successive defeat on his record, but dismissed the result as simply bad luck.

There was an element of fortune in the second of Lech Poznan's goals in their 3-1 Europa League win, with City defender Dedryck Boyata heading the ball against the unwitting Manuel Arboleda before the ball nestled in the bottom corner. But Dimitrije Injac and Mateusz Mozdzen each scored with fine long-range efforts that were just reward for a bold performance from the new Group A leaders, who had been pegged back by Emmanuel Adebayor's equaliser.

"At the moment everything is against us, we are very unlucky," Mancini said. "I'm disappointed because we didn't deserve to lose this game. We played a good game and we had a lot of chances to win but we must continue to work. We lost the last three games but that is football, sometimes you play well, you deserve to score but you don't."

The likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge and Joleon Lescott were recalled for the match but failed to impress against a team who have struggled in the lower reaches of the Polish league this season.

Mancini had several key players missing - including captain Carlos Tevez, who returned to Manchester from his sabbatical in Argentina on Thursday - but declared himself content with his chosen replacements.

"I'm disappointed to lose the game but I'm happy because they played a good game. It is important that we keep going," he said.

"We were missing 10 players that were at home. We have 20 good players but sometimes you can lose a game you do not deserve to lose."

Both sides now have seven points from their four matches, and are expected to qualify for the next stage following Juventus' draw with Red Bull Salzburg.

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