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Manchester City did not deserve defeat, says Roberto Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini does not believe his side deserved to be on the end of a third successive defeat against unfancied Europa League opponents Lech Poznan.

The Polish side had the better of the first half and went in 1-0 up thanks to Dimitrije Injac's 30th-minute volley before a much-changed City side rallied to equalise through Emmanuel Adebayor five minutes into the second period.

That goal looked likely to provide some good news following back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Wolves, but a freakish goal from the unwitting Manuel Arboleda and a glorious effort from Mateusz Mozdzen saw the hosts steal the points in the final five minutes.

The result, if not the two-goal margin, was probably fair but Mancini, who has found his position put under serious scrutiny in the last week, disagreed.

"I'm disappointed because we don't deserve to lose this game," said the Italian.

"At the moment everything is against us, we are very unlucky. We played a good game and we had a lot of chances to win but we must continue to work.

"We lost the last three games but that is football, sometimes you play well, you deserve to score but you don't."

The likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge and Joleon Lescott were recalled for the match but failed to impress against a team who have struggled in the lower reaches of the Polish league this season.

Mancini had several key players missing - including captain Carlos Tevez, who returned to Manchester from his sabbatical in Argentina today - but declared himself content with his side's efforts.

The Italian added: "I'm disappointed to lose the game but I'm happy because they played a good game. It is important that we keep going.

"Tonight we were missing 10 players that were at home. We have 20 good players but sometimes you can lose a game you do not deserve to lose."

For Poznan manager Jose Maria Bakero it was a remarkable start to life at the Stadion Miejski.

He was only formally appointed yesterday following the dismissal of Jacek Zielinski and had just one training session with the side before tonight's match.

He declined to take full credit for the result, instead sharing it liberally with all concerned, including his predecessor.

"In football you have to be lucky sometimes and we were for the goal to go 2-1 but we were better than Manchester City as a team and we deserved to win," he said.

"I want to congratulate the team and also the supporters because we did a great job tonight. I would also like to dedicate this victory to the previous coach. I don't want to say I won or Zielinski won, we all won."

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