• Premier League

Match-winner Kompany 'absolutely buzzing'

ESPN staff
April 30, 2012

Roberto Mancini warned that Manchester City cannot afford to drop points against Champions League hopefuls Newcastle in their next game after City beat United 1-0 to move top of the Premier League on Monday.

Mancini insisted United remain the title favourites due to what he perceives as an easier title run-in, despite Vincent Kompany's goal putting City in the driving seat.

Armed with an eight-goal advantage in the goal difference column, City must now negotiate an away trip to Newcastle before hosting QPR on the final day. United, meanwhile, welcome Swansea to Old Trafford before travelling to Sunderland.

"We are happy but next Sunday we have another very difficult game," Mancini told Sky Sports. "We deserved to win, we had chances, we played well, we had chances to score a second goal. They had no chances to score. It was difficult, though, because United are a top team... It stayed risky until the end.

"It's important we play a good game against Newcastle because [United] play an easy game against Swansea. For now we are top of the league but United have a light advantage."

Vincent Kompany said he was "absolutely buzzing" after his goal gave City victory over United but he too insisted that the title race is not yet over. Asked how he was feeling, Kompany told Sky Sports: "Absolutely buzzing. I don't think we've got a word for it.

"We've been waiting for it. It's far from over and we know that, but to give our fans two wins over United this season... we have to finish it off and we have to do it over the next two games.

"Someone texted me today and said he thought I was going to score the goal, and I thought he was a lunatic!

"For us to get this result, we wanted it so bad. It all comes down to the dream we had when we were children, and we all want it so much."

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