By Mancunian Matters staff
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has apologised for brandishing an imaginary card in a bid to get Liverpool's Martin Skrtel cautioned or sent off in last night's win over Liverpool.
City, who had Gareth Barry dismissed for two bookable offences, strolled to a 3-0 victory over the Merseysiders at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and a second half James Milner penalty.
It was after City were awarded the penalty - for Skrtel's foul on Toure - that Mancini waved the imaginary card.
But after the game he said: "In the moment maybe I did that because I was not happy with the referee but I made a mistake.
"I was nervous, I didn't agree with the referee for Gareth's second yellow card and I did not understand why the penalty did not also have a card. I still do not understand but maybe I made a mistake."
Despite being reduced to 10 men, City never looked under threat and Mancini said he was pleased with his side's performance, which came just days after the last-gasp defeat to Sunderland.
He said:"It was a great response in a difficult game because Liverpool are a fantastic team and they also had the advantage of having played four days ago when we had played two days ago.
"The result against Sunderland was crazy because we deserved to win that game 3-0 but I am pleased that we responded so well. We played very well and we showed spirit. In the second half we had some problems but we came through it and found a solution."
City are now gearing up for a mouthwatering FA Cup tie against Manchester United at the Etihad on Saturday.