Milner hails 'massive' win for Man City
James Milner admitted Manchester City were sloppy to let Tottenham back into the game before grabbing their stoppage-time winner.
After a goalless first half, Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott put the Premier League leaders 2-0 up in a storming start to the second period.
But Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale drew Tottenham level and City needed a late penalty from Mario Balotelli - who was perhaps lucky to be on the pitch after clashing with Scott Parker - to seal victory.
The three points lift them eight clear of third-placed Spurs and Milner told Sky Sports 1: "It's massive, we knew how big a game it was.
"They've been playing really well and they had the incentive with how we played at their place [winning 5-1 in August].
"It was an exciting game for the neutral but we'd like it a bit more boring next time!
"We took our foot off the gas, gave them one sloppy goal and they're a good team, if you give them a sniff it gives them the momentum to go on.
"We were well on top, scored the two goals and probably should have controlled the game better than we did.''
Substitute Balotelli insisted he felt no nerves as he stepped up for the match-winning spot-kick.
"Nothing,'' he said. "I was calm, like every time I take a penalty.''