Niall Quinn
Football Expert & Columnist

Sky Sports pundits say Manchester City deserved their win over Chelsea

Roberto Mancini: Critical of his players

Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn believes Roberto Mancini's criticism of his players this week has been vindicated after Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Mancini defended his approach of criticising his players in public this week, saying they needed to be strong enough to take public dressing downs.

And as it proved the City players responded by securing a much-need victory, which keeps them within 12 points of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.

"In fairness to the manager Roberto Mancini, he had a go at them during the week, he looked for a response and I think that he got it today," Quinn told Sky Sports.

Joe Hart, one of those to be most criticised by Mancini this season, played his role with a crucial penalty save from Frank Lampard when the game was at 0-0. And City went onto claim the win with goals from Yaya Toure and substitute Carlos Tevez.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Ray Wilkins praised the penalty save from Hart and admitted City deserved to win the match, despite some generous defending from Chelsea. In particular he pinpointed the role of John Obi Mikel in City's opening goal, which was scored by Yaya Toure.

"Chelsea were made to pay big time. It was a great save from Joe Hart," he told Sky Sports. "But the first goal is very poor defending. John Obi knows he has got Frank (Lampard) on his left side so there is only one place Toure can go and that is to John Obi's right.

"He coasts past him and there is just the slightest little nick off Gary Cahill's Achilles tendon which sends it over Peter Cech's left hand. But I think City deserved to win the game."

Quinn agreed City merited their win despite Chelsea's mediocre defending - this time for City second goal scored by Tevez.

He said: "For the second goal Chelsea took so long to try to get the ball forward. They had a minute where they could have kicked it forward and they were made to pay. Out of nothing the ball dropped to Tevez and almost from a standing position he fires it into the corner of the net.

"Their (Chelsea defenders') backs' are turned and there is a lack of conviction in the defence to try to make sure the ball was blocked and the right team won."