Man City boss Mancini defends Robinho after hook

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has defended Robinho after hooking him for Saturday's defeat at Everton.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has defended Robinho after hooking him for Saturday's defeat at Everton.

It was Mancini's first loss, made more notable for a recurrence of Roque Santa Cruz's calf injury after just four minutes that will keep him out for at least a month and his replacement, Robinho, being substituted himself early in the second half as Shaun Wright-Phillips was introduced.

"It was a bad night for us all. Robinho can play well but it is not always possible and on Saturday he played the same as his team-mates.

"When I put Wright-Phillips on I had to take a striker off because I cannot keep five forwards on the pitch.

"I had to decide between Robinho and Carlos."

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