x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Mancini: Adam Johnson can be a top winger

The Manchester City manager is expecting more from Adam Johnson, who despite influencing their 5-2 Carling Cup win against Wolves, can still improve.

Adam Johnson, centre, was praised by his Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, but the Italian was also critical of some aspects of his game.
Adam Johnson, centre, was praised by his Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, but the Italian was also critical of some aspects of his game.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND // Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, is expecting more from Adam Johnson after claiming he "has everything to become one of the top wingers".

Johnson scored once and set up another goal for Samir Nasri as City changed their side completely from the 6-1 win over Manchester United and still won 5-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers to reach the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

Edin Dzeko (two) and Dorus de Vries` own goal completed City's nap hand with Nenad Milijas — who had given the home side the lead — and Jamie O'Hara scoring for Wolves.

But Mancini was still not totally satisfied with the performance of the former Middlesbrough player.

"Sometimes he thinks: `OK in this game I scored one goal, I did an assist, that is enough`," he said. "I think Adam, because he is young can improve a lot. He needs to think in a different way.

"He needs to think: `I scored one goal, I did one assist, I should continue because I want to score another goal and another assist, and run back to defend`.

"He can do this if he wants. My opinion is this, he has everything to become one of the top wingers."

Mancini said that he is disappointed when Johnson does not put everything on the pitch and with the winger now in his third Premier League season, the time to improve is now.

"He played well, but for the second goal Wolves scored, he never followed his opponent. Adam is the only one winger we have in the team," Mancini said.

"He cannot play every three days, it is impossible, but if he wants to improve, he can have a lot of chances to play."

Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy believes it is too soon to decide whether City are ready to dominate football in this country.

"There are going to be better teams that come up against them. Let`s wait and see how good they are," McCarthy said.

"They've been excellent in recent weeks. I am sure everyone was saying the same about Manchester United when they beat Arsenal, beat Tottenham, beat everyone in front of them.

"I think you might be just a bit early in predicting the demise of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United."

Elsewhere in the Carling Cup last night, Daniel Sturridge's extra time winner saw Chelsea advance to the last eight with a 2-1 win at Everton. Salomon Kalou put Chelsea ahead on 28 minutes, but the London club were down to 10 men when Ross Turnbull, the goalkeeper was sent off for tripping Louis Saha.

Petr Cech saved the resulting penalty, before Saha found the equaliser seven minutes from time.

Royston Drenthe was sent off for a second bookable offence in extra-time, before Sturridge netted the winner with four minutes to go.

There was some joy for the Premier League's bottom club Blackburn, as Gael Givet's extra-time header proved to be the winner in a 4-3 thriller at home to Newcastle.

Rovers took an early lead through Ruben Rochina on five minutes. Yakubu then converted from the spot to give Rovers a 2-0 lead on 64 minutes. But Newcastle forced extra-time through Danny Guthrie and Yohan Cabaye strikes.

Morten Gamst Pedersen put Rovers back in front, but a Petr Lovenkrands penalty levelled before Givet's last gasp header prevented a penalty shoot-out.

Liverpool also reach the last eight after two second half goals from Luis Suarez ended Stoke City's involvement in the competition. Stoke had taken a 1-0 half-time lead through Kenwyne Jones.