He's a bit angry! Platt steps in after Mancini fails to show after defeat at Everton leaves City's slim title hopes in tatters

By Andy Hampson, Press Association

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Manchester City assistant boss David Platt admitted the champions were not 'at it' after a damaging loss at 10-man Everton.

City suffered a potentially fatal blow to their hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title as they were beaten 2-0 by their bogey side at Goodison Park.

Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic struck as the Toffees responded to their own critics after their dismal FA Cup quarter-final loss to Wigan by beating City for a sixth time in eight meetings.

Handball? Marouane Fellaini (centre) appeared to block Carlos Tevez's shot with his hand

Handball? Marouane Fellaini (centre) appeared to block Carlos Tevez's shot with his hand

Furious: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was furious that Lee Probert didn't give his team a penalty for handball

Furious: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was furious that Lee Probert didn't give his team a penalty for handball

They had another goal from Kevin Mirallas harshly ruled out for offside and Marouane Fellaini was denied a penalty in the first half.

City could have had their own penalty with the score still 1-0 in the closing minutes but Everton held out despite playing the last half-hour with 10 men after Steven Pienaar was sent off.

Manager Roberto Mancini did not appear for post-match interviews, leaving first-team coach Platt to answer questions.

When asked why Mancini did not speak, Platt told Sky Sports: 'He is a bit angry, as you can imagine.

'He is just taking stock of the situation and calming down. He doesn't want to come out here and say anything that might get him in trouble.'

Stunner: Leon Osman (centre) scored a great goal for Everton (below)

Stunner: Leon Osman (centre) scored a great goal for Everton (below)


When asked what Mancini might be angry about, Platt said: 'Everything in general, our performance - we weren't really at it throughout the game.

'We got outworked by Everton. When you do have moments when you can get back into it, it doesn't go for you.'

Platt later attempted to clarify his remark about being 'outworked' when he spoke to the rest of the press.

He said: 'If it has come across like that it certainly wasn't meant.

'You know they are going to make you work. If you look at the stats - we have probably covered the same amount of distance, shown the same intensity.'

Making sure: Nikica Jelavic scored a late goal to make it 2-0

Making sure: Nikica Jelavic scored a late goal to make it 2-0

City could have had a penalty when a Carlos Tevez shot struck Fellaini's hand inside the box. Referee Lee Probert gave a free-kick on the edge of the area and Aleksandar Kolarov fired into the wall.

It was suggested the ball may have hit Osman's hand before Fellaini's, which might explain Probert's decision, but Platt was unsure.

He said: 'I didn't see whether it brushed Osman's hand but I don't think that would have been given because it has not stopped the flight of the ball.

'I think it has been given for the Fellaini handball. Is it intentional? No, but having given it, it is two or three yards inside the box.

'It is a decision that has gone against us.'

Outworked: Steven Pienaar (second from right) was sent off but Kevin Mirallas (below, left) also had a legitimate goal disallowed

Outworked: Steven Pienaar (second from right) was sent off but Kevin Mirallas (below, left) also had a legitimate goal disallowed

Kevin Mirallas


Platt intends to keep fighting even though the title now looks even more likely to be reclaimed by Manchester United.

He said: 'We have an obligation to win football matches between now and the end of the season, regardless of whether there is a points advantage or it is mathematically impossible, which it isn't at this moment.'

For Everton, the performance and result was a perfect response after a week of soul-searching following the Wigan loss.

It also ensured manager David Moyes would have something pleasing to mark the 11th anniversary of his appointment with.

Who's that? David Platt (left) looks on as comedian Simon Brodkin sneaks onto the pitch before the match

Who's that? David Platt (left) looks on as comedian Simon Brodkin sneaks onto the pitch before the match

Moyes said: 'I would have been disappointed if we hadn't responded, and surprised if we hadn't.

'The players played great. We were playing the champions of England and I thought we gave them a right good run for their money.

'What you saw is what Everton do. I thought we played really well in the first half and I thought in the second half, when we were down to 10 men, we did what Everton did 11 years ago when I took over.

'We were resilient, hard to beat, made sure the opposition didn't score, threw ourselves on the line for the team.

'We were rubbish last week but we have been good all season and you are watching a really good Everton side.

Response: Everton boss David Moyes celebrates his team's second goal after being 'rubbish' last week in the FA Cup

Response: Everton boss David Moyes celebrates his team's second goal after being 'rubbish' last week in the FA Cup

'It is just to make sure people realise we have not gone away. We are still there. I think people last week thought we had gone away.'

Moyes was far from impressed by the sending-off of Pienaar for fouls on Gareth Barry and Javi Garcia.

He said: 'I think the sending-off is a terrible decision. The boy rolls about three times and there is hardly any contact. I thought it was the wrong decision.'

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The Mancini meltdown is in full flow...he can't handle his diva's. City need a manager with a back bone and unfortunately he has lost the respect from his players a long time ago, starting with the way he handled the Tevez situation...I hear Supernanny is coming back from America...she'd sort them out!

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CONSPIRACY - they are all against Manchester city, Shearer,referees ( too many to list ) David Moyes, the BBC, The FA, not to mention MUFC for inflating the transfer market some 12 years ago ( don't mention Trevor Francis's, first million pound transfer!!!!!! or poor old Brian Clough's name will be dragged into it as we'll ) Don't tell them I know the real reason why - DAVID PLATT AND BRIAN KIDD HAVE BEEN LEAKING SECRETS OUT TO THE OTHER SIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!

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With all the millions spent on City players ,Mancini should have the CL cup EPL and the FA cup locked up.BUT he is not a manager that can motivate players ,I hope City can find someone who can handle those millionaire player next year.After watching the game on T.V it looks like even Platt is fed up with Mancini,s plans.

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City.........one season wonders

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Jamie 53 Belfast.....Utd were the first club to inflate transfer fee's. Remember Ferdinand & Veron? All secured for around 30 million pounds each over twelve years ago.....Now let me see..... That's about 60 million each in today's money. Utd have bought success, it's only Utd fans who seem to have forgotten this.

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its funny i dont see the ABU's making a meal of this like they did fergie couple of weeks ago,sad part is city got all the decisions

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Watched highlights and Everton were inspired .However the BBC team of Dublin AND Shearar in particular were a disgrace.City should have had a clear penalty and were unlucky to meet an inspired keeper.Linekars coments about city manager were cheap this is not what i expect from tv licence. - eric gracey , gloucester, 17/3/2013 08:48..................................................................................and Everton were denied a clear goal first half by the same linesman also.

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If Mancini is still in a job for the beginning of next season I will be very surprised.

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If David Platt thinks that City showed the same intensity as Everton in that match he is blind or does not understand the term. When he said 'we weren't really at it throughout the game' he got it about right - and certainly that non-penalty award is baffling - but for City to have escaped even with a draw from that match would have been a travesty - and all today's headlines would have been about the wrongly disallowed goal for Everton. That decision was very late in the game so it had nothing to do with City's anaemic performance over the 90 minutes, and it was the only decision they could feel aggrieved about in the game - while they benefitted from some other decisions Everton would feel more aggrieved about.

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Mancini hoped to reduce the gap with United in February, then it was important to reduce the gap before the derby - all the while the gap is growing, and the way City have been playing there was no real reason for optimism that they could even pick up maximum points, never mind whether United would drop points - especially as United had (on paper) an easier run of fixtures. City have no coherent transfer strategy based in reality - they distorted the market in the past 3 - 4 years with inflated transfer fees and contracts and now find they are reaping some effects of that - they have not been able to offload players they deem surplus to requirements, and can not recruit the players they now want - partly because they realise they can not continue to do that on contracts and partly because the top players look at the way City have performed in Europe and opt for other clubs. Neymar? Suarez? Falcao? I will be very surprised if any of them are at City next year.

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