City in the red! Liverpool ace Gerrard rages at Mancini after tunnel bust-up
Steven Gerrard and Roberto Mancini became embroiled in a tunnel row as the Liverpool captain accused Manchester City’s manager of double standards.
Mancini was furious that a robust tackle from Glen Johnson on Joleon Lescott in injury time of the Carling Cup semi-final did not receive a red card.
The Italian felt it was 'worse' than the challenge for which Vincent Kompany was sent-off during Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United, earning him a four-match ban.
Confrontation: Steven Gerrard (left) and Roberto Mancini had words at full time
But Liverpool captain Gerrard, who scored the only goal of the game, was withering in his assessment of Mancini’s comments and felt his comments were inappropriate.
‘I’m surprised at Mancini,’ said Gerrard.
‘He had a go at Wayne Rooney trying to get one of his players sent off at the weekend, and now he is trying to get one of our players into trouble – I don’t think that’s right.’
Mancini, who will discover on Friday the severity of the injury David Silva suffered against United, confirmed he had exchanged words with Gerrard afterwards.
He said: ‘Gerrard came to me and said, ‘you said this,’ but that’s not important. Steven Gerrard can say what he wants, no problem. I said what I think. The tackle was worse than Vinny’s.’
Controversy: Mancini felt Glen Johnson (left) was late on Joleon Lescott
This is the first time since February 2008 that City have lost back-to-back home games and they were fortunate that Liverpool let them off the hook after bossing the opening stages.
City dominated the second period but lacked a cutting edge and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was thrilled with his side’s resilience.
‘In the second-half, after getting the goal advantage, we just battened down the hatches,’ he said. ‘Not too many teams have come here and not had goals against us, so it’s a fantastic effort by us.
‘It wasn’t the prettiest performance, but it didn’t fall short in terms of desire or commitment. Once we get ourselves in front, we were determined not to lose it.’