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Barry: no player revolt at Man City

Gareth Barry, the Manchester City midfielder, has refuted suggestion of a player revolt .

Gareth Barry, the Manchester City midfielder, has refuted suggestion of a player revolt and said the team are firmly behind Roberto Mancini. The manager saw a troubled week end with a goalless draw against their top four rivals Liverpool on Sunday. An argument with Craig Bellamy, one of the club's star performers this season, was followed by speculation that the players are unhappy with Mancini's training methods. Barry said he was bemused by the reports, but that they emphasised the growing interest in the club. "We come into training, looking to work hard, and see headlines and we are not really sure why they are there," he said. "We work hard on the pitch and all the players are right behind the manager. "The top clubs have had this for years, and we are trying to bring success here, and this kind of thing comes with it. "We have had headlines all season as a club in transition. We have spent money to reach the top, and these kind of things are going to come with it." Mancini confirmed the row with Bellamy, which centred on how to handle the knee injury that has plagued the Welsh striker all season. Barry added: "The manager gave his point of view earlier in the week, and that was it really. They had a slight difference of opinion, not even a row, but it was escalated to headlines. "Both Craig and the manager are winners, and both are opinionated, and that is good for the club." Mancini said there was no rift with Bellamy and brought him on as a substitute against Liverpool. But the frontman was unable to inspire the victory that would have prevented Tottenham from overtaking them in fourth place. Barry, whose side next face Stoke in a FA Cup fifth round replay tomorrow, said: "There was so much to lose if the other team got three points. There was a lot at stake and you could tell. "We are slightly disappointed not to win as the home team, but anyone watching the game would sense that neither team wanted to lose. It was very tactical out there. "You have to show Liverpool respect. They are not having as good a season as they would like, but they are still a hard team to beat. We will hopefully be able to build on a solid point."

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