Sunday, December 27, 2009
Roberto Mancini made a winning start as Manchester City manager as the Blues put a rocky few days behind them by beating Stoke.
Martin Petrov and Carlos Tevez supplied the first-half goals that marked Mancini's coronation.
Yet the Italian would also have been aware it took two brilliant Shay Given saves, the first to deny Tuncay when the sides were still deadlocked, and another to turn away a ferocious James Beattie effort when the visitors were enjoying their best spell, for City to consolidate their place in the top six - and edge to within three points of third.
Even for a club as well versed in shooting themselves in the foot as City, it has been a pretty torrid week.