City midfield out of depth

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes his side currently lack strength-in-depth in the midfield position.

The big-spending Citizens were pulled back by Fulham at the weekend, with Martin Jol's side coming from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage after a Sergio Aguero double had put the visitors in command.

Mancini defended his decision to replace David Silva with Pablo Zabaleta before the equaliser was scored by Danny Murphy, and admits a lack of options in midfield is now becoming a major issue.

"We are lacking at this moment because we lost two midfielders. I don't have players. I can only change the full-backs," said the Italian post-match.

"I have only two midfielders, because James [Milner] and De Jong have injuries."


"In the middle I didn't have any players, so I didn't have a chance to change it in the middle."

The situation led Mancini to play trainee Abdul Razak in the 3-0 win over Wigan last weekend, and despite the summer free transfer addition of Owen Hargreaves, the former England international is not yet match-fit and available for selection.

Mancini didn't place complete blame on his midfield for the draw in west London though, and believes his side will need to become more ruthless if they are to challenge for the title this season.

"It's incredible, we lost two points after we scored two goals and dominated the game," he continued.

"But I think this can be a lesson for us. When we have the chances we should score. For 10 or 15 minutes after Fulham scored, they played very well. But a football match is 95 minutes and a top team like us needs to have more control of the game.

"I'm not angry. I'm just disappointed because we conceded two stupid goals."

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