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Balotelli scores but no super Mario for Mancini

Published on Nov 29, 2012 7:39 AM
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini (right) talks to Mario Balotelli during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, Nov 25, 2012. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said he remained unimpressed with Mario Balotelli despite the Italian striker scoring his first Premier League goal of the season against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said he remained unimpressed with Mario Balotelli despite the Italian striker scoring his first Premier League goal of the season against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.

Balotelli, who has started just six out of 14 league games in this campaign, broke the deadlock on 69 minutes at the DW stadium as unbeaten City won 2-0 to stay a point behind leaders Manchester United.

The striker, who bagged 13 league goals last season to help fire City to the title, followed up to score at the second attempt after his first shot was blocked by Wigan keeper Ali-Al-Habsi, who had allowed him the chance after failing to hold Gareth Barry's low strike.

Mancini, though, opted not to dip into his bag of platitudes.

 
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