Man City boss Pellegrini refuses to blame Pantilimon after Blackburn error

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini defended goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon after they were held 1-1 at FA Cup opponents Blackburn Rovers.

Alvaro Negredo had put them on course for a place in the fourth round but Scott Dann responded after a Pantilimon mistake and City had Dedryck Boyata sent off late on.

Asked if a mistake occurred, Pellegrini said: "No."

Pellegrini was not critical of goalkeeper Pantilimon, who returned to the side for the tie after recently losing his place to Joe Hart.

The Chilean said: "I will analyse the game with the players, as a collective team.

"Maybe (he dropped the ball) but always the individual performance makes the team performance, so I analyse what the individual players do with them."

Pellegrini added he had "no complaints" about Boyata's dismissal for a second bookable offence.

 
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