Updated: Friday, 6th December 2019 @ 1:53pm

Mario Balotelli miss cost Manchester City three points at West Ham United, claims boss Roberto Mancini

Mario Balotelli miss cost Manchester City three points at West Ham United, claims boss Roberto Mancini

By Chris Bailey

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insisted Mario Balotelli wasted a golden chance to give his side victory in their Premier League stalemate against West Ham.

A win at Upton Park would have taken the Blues level with Manchester United at the top of the table, leaving the Italian manager frustrated with the 22-year-old’s performance.

The pair also seemed to exchange heated words after Balotelli’s substitution in the second half – with Mancini singling out the striker’s miss after the game.

"I think that a player like Balotelli, when he has a chance like today, he should score,” he said.

"Because when you are a top player, if you have a chance, you should score this – but I don't think he didn't want to score."

Mancini fielded three strikers in an attacking line-up – Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Balotelli – but it was the first time in seven months City had failed to score in the league.

However, despite not being able to find the back of the net, Mancini feels his side did enough to deserve all three points.

"No, no. Not a fair result," he said. "When you have 65 per cent ball possession, 22 shots - maybe less shots on goal – you deserve to win – and we missed four incredible chances to score.

"But I am happy with the performance, because we played well, I'm unhappy with the chances that we're missing.

"When you're playing well and you have a chance, and you're missing an incredible chance, you can be frustrated, but this is football.

“If you don't score, you can't win – we lost two points."

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