Roberto Mancini issues apology after Manchester City are beaten by Aston Villa
Last Updated: September 26, 2012 2:51pm
Roberto Mancini: Manchester City boss saw his side beaten by Aston Villa
Roberto Mancini issued an apology to the club¿s supporters after Manchester City were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Aston Villa.
The Premier League champions were shocked 4-2 after extra time at the Etihad Stadium with Gabriel Agbonlahor bagging a brace for the visitors.
Mancini's much-changed side twice led through Mario Balotelli and Alexsandar Kolarov, but were pegged back by Gareth Barry's own goal and then Agbonlahor.
Charles N'Zogbia put Paul Lambert's side ahead in added time before Agbonlahor made sure of the success in the 113th minute, leaving Mancini downcast.
Mancini said: "I am very sorry for the players, I am very sorry for the club and for the supporters.
"We didn't want to go out of this competition, we wanted to win this competition. We didn't play well, Aston Villa played better than us."
Lambert was delighted to see Villa bounce back from their second-half horror show at Southampton, where they shipped four goals on Saturday, and saluted his side for coming out on top against City.
He said: "I think we have been playing very well of late. The second half at Southampton wasn't good enough
"Since the Tranmere game, against Newcastle and Swansea, I thought we played really well. We have been playing OK at the minute.
"Coming here, it doesn't matter what tournament it is, it is a massive result for us."