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Mancini is happy with points haul

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini remains happy with his team's position despite seeing them drop points for only the second time this season yesterday.

The league leaders were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Liverpool but the result was still enough to restore City's five-point advantage.

Mancini said he had been pleased with the character shown by his players after their shattering Champions League loss to Napoli.

The Italian said: "I am happy because in the last 10 minutes we had a big problem with 10 men.

"I think all the players played very well because after Naples it was really difficult."

Subsitute Mario Balotelli's sending off for a second bookable offence was the latest in a long list of misdemeanours.

But Mancini added: "It is not correct, the (second) yellow card. I think every time Mario does something many players provoke him."

He also played down reports Balotelli had damaged the dressing room door in his frustration.

Mancini said: "I don't know this. If he damaged the door he pays -- like his house!"