Failure to replace Kompany `sucker-punched` Man City`s title hopes: Mancini

Updated: Mar 16, 2013, 14:42 PM IST

London: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that their failure to bring in a world class substitute for injured captain Vincent Kompany, in the January transfer window has hurt their chances of retaining their Premier League title.

City went on to drop seven points in the next three games after Kompany`s injury at Stoke on January 26, and Mancini conceded they made a mistake.

Mancini added when Vincent got injured there were still four days left in the transfer window and they should have bought another defender, adding they had a chance but didn`t think their captain would be out for 45 days, and it`s a problem as he is an important player.

City had won six straight games when Kompany suffered a calf injury at Stoke. Without their captain and defensive rock, they went on to drop points in a goalless bore at QPR, 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool and a 3-1 loss at Southampton.

The gap at the top stretched to 12 points as United won all their games in the same period and City have not been able to bridge it, and Kompany is still out and not likely to be back until Newcastle United at the end of the month.