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Given supports under fire Man City boss Mancini

Shay Given has defended boss Roberto Mancini after Manchester City were dumped out of the FA Cup this week. Mancini secured victories in six of his first seven games in charge after succeeding Mark Hughes but has since recorded only two wins in eight, while City are without a win in four ahead of Saturday's Premier League showdown at Chelsea.

"We were disappointed, obviously, after last night - it was a huge disappointment for the players, the club and the supporters," said Given.

"But what can you say? We're knocked out of the cup and we have to move on."

Asked if he thought it was too early for people to be questioning Mancini's position, Given said: "Yes. It is a big club, obviously, and there is huge expectation at the club now, but we have to just try and take a deep breath and try and finish the season on a high.

"We are very much in contention for fourth spot and we've got to focus on that.

"Hopefully we can do that and then reassess things in the summer."

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