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West Brom hero warns Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

West Brom's Carling Cup hero Simon Cox has warned Roberto Mancini he is facing even more pressure in light of Manchester City's shock exit at the Hawthorns.

With injuries decimating his squad, Mancini felt compelled to name six youngsters in his starting line-up, three of whom were making their first-team debuts for the Eastlands outfit.

Although Mancini did eventually introduce James Milner and David Silva in a desperate search for an equaliser, it was not enough to stave off an embarrassing reverse that blocked off one route to a trophy at a disappointingly early stage.

Now City must bounce back in tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited Premier League crunch with leaders Chelsea, knowing the heat is starting to be applied to a squad that has been put together at a cost of over £200million.

“When you are at a club like Manchester City and you spend £200million on players you expect silverware,” said Cox.

“Mancini has to deal with that and a lot of questions are going to be asked. This was a good opportunity for them. Their manager has stuck out a team he thought would win the game and they didn't, so he could be under a bit of pressure.”

When the world was marvelling at the number of big-name players arriving at Eastlands this summer, it could hardly be anticipated Mancini would be complaining at a lack of bodies quite so soon.

But Jerome Boateng is yet to make an appearance, Aleksander Kolarov and Mario Balotelli have managed just one each, while Emmanuel Adebayor, Wayne Bridge and Joleon Lescott have missed the majority of games so far this term.

Now right-back Micah Richards and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips have joined the walking wounded.

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