Roberto Mancini was unhappy with the award of a penalty to Fulham during Manchester City’s 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage.

Roberto Mancini was unhappy with Fulham's penalty in Manchester City's win

City came from behind in West London to claim the points after substitute Edin Dzeko scored a late winner after Sergio Aguero had cancelled out Mladen Petric’s early spot-kick.

The penalty was given following Pablo Zabaleta’s challenge on John Arne Riise, but Mancini felt the foul took place outside the box.

“It was difficult because it wasn’t a penalty,” Mancini told Sky Sports. “After about 20 minutes you are 1-0 down with a penalty that was not a penalty.

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“You saw everything. My opinion was that it was out [of the box] and it was no foul, no penalty.”

City boss Mancini claims the incident was the latest in a number of recent decisions that have cost the Premier League champions.

He added: “We can do nothing. There were a lot of mistakes in the past four games. We accept this, but we’re not happy. This is true but we can do nothing, only continue to play.

“Sometimes it is a penalty but the referee is there to take a decision. Sometimes he does well, sometimes he can do bad.

“If we go to watch all our last three games, against Stoke it was handball. I don’t know why the referee that was behind didn’t give it. Against Arsenal there was one penalty.”