Toure: City ready for derby

City ended a run of three successive defeats in all competitions

with a 2-0 success at The Hawthorns on Sunday courtesy of Mario

Balotelli’s first Premier League goals. The victory enabled City to

close to within five points of leaders Chelsea and Roberto

Mancini’s side next face local rivals United in midweek. Toure is

expecting a difficult test at home on Wednesday evening, but

believes City will head into the encounter in a confident mood. “It

was really important we beat West Brom because it’s very difficult

for a team with aspirations of challenging at the top to lose three

games in a row,” Toure told the club’s official website. “This win

has made us very happy and put us in the perfect frame of mind

ahead of Wednesday’s derby. “We deserved to win because we started

the game really well and were passing the ball round nicely. We

controlled most of the match and scored goals at important times.

“It’s been a good weekend for us with so many teams around us

dropping points, but the season is really long and now we have to

focus on our next game. “The derby is a massive game for us and it

will be really hard because they are a very strong team, but we

will go out to win the match and enjoy it.” City’s match-winner at

West Brom – Balotelli – was sent off in the second half and Toure

expects the Italian striker to learn from the experience. He added:

“I’m pleased for Mario that he has scored two goals, but obviously

the sending off made things harder for us, but we were strong and

after we dealt with their spell of pressure, the game was as good

as over. “He needs to learn that the tackles are hard and the

referees more lenient, but he will get used to it and love it as

much as we all do. “What happened to him could happen to any player

and as I say, he will learn from it.”