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Johnson highlights City win over Villa as sign of team unity

Mario Balotelli scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa but Adam Johnson claims the Italians apparent lack of enthusiasm for the feat does not detract from the result or suggest any lack of team togetherness. "As a group and a team, we are all together," he told the club's official website.

"Mario's lack of celebration is just him, the way he is. I don't think you can read anything into it.

"That's just the type of person and player he is. He doesn't attach much emotion to it.

"But as long as he scores goals, that's okay with everyone! Mario had a good day.

"He took his two penalties well, tapped them in nicely, and he's shown again that he's a goalscorer."

He added: "We have got ourselves into a good position but no-one is getting carried away.

"We will just try to keep winning games and see what happens."

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