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Man City boss Roberto Mancini bemoans poor finishing

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez and manager Roberto Manini
Carlos Tevez reacted angrily after being substituted late on against Bolton

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini urged his side to work on their finishing after seeing them make hard work of Saturday's win over Bolton.

City wasted a series of chances after taking the lead through Carlos Tevez, and were left hanging on at the end.

Mancini said: "Sometimes we were too selfish. We shot when it was better to pass - we must improve this situation.

"When we have a chance, we must score. If I had played I would have scored two or three goals."

City played some stylish football during their 1-0 victory over Bolton which kept them in fourth place in the Premier League, and in touch with the sides above them.

Beware the Moon Lads

But the failure of Mancini's side to convert their openings meant they had to survive some anxious moments towards the end of their encounter with Wanderers after Aleksandar Kolarov had been sent off.

Mario Balotelli and David Silva both hit the woodwork earlier in the second half but Mancini feels his side were guilty of complacency in front of goal and knows they could easily have been punished.

Mancini said: "You can say we had some bad luck but we must improve. We had maybe 15 chances to score. When you have a lot of chances you think the game is easy.

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"It means you can draw when you should have won by three or four goals. It was the same at Stoke where we deserved to win but we drew."

As well as Kolarov, City's 10-goal top scorer Tevez will also be suspended for next week's trip to West Ham after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

The Argentina striker reacted angrily after being substituted in the final minute against Bolton but Mancini shrugged off the incident.

"I am happy about this," Mancini said. "I would like all players to be like Carlos and want to stay on the pitch.

"I needed a player like Mario on the pitch as he is taller than Carlos. We must continue to score when Carlos doesn't play."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle felt his side were unlucky not to get something out of the game after recovering from their poor start.

Bolton did not reach required level - Coyle

"When you come to an elite club you do not want to be chasing the game as early as we were. It was a soft goal to concede," said Coyle.

"But bit by bit I felt we got into the game and were always in it. We could very easily have got the equaliser.

"As much as I didn't think we got to our maximum - we didn't put enough quality ball in the box - we could have nicked a point. We showed tremendous spirit.

"Of course I am unhappy our run has ended but we will get back to work with a smile on our face next week."

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Manchester City 1-0 Bolton
04 Dec 10 |  Premier League
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04 Dec 10 |  Football
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