West Brom 1 Man City 2: Platt hails tremendous second-half display
West Brom 1 Man City 2: The Citizens assistant manager David Platt praises the defending champions' second-half display
David Platt hailed Manchester City’s “tremendous” second-half performance after the Citizens came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
Roberto Mancini’s side were reduced to 10-men when James Milner was sent off for denying Shane Long a clear goal scoring opportunity in the 22nd minute.
The Republic of Ireland striker put West Brom ahead when he intercepted Peter Odemwingie’s wayward shot and guided it past Joe Hart midway through the second half.
But with 10 minutes remaining, substitute Edin Dzeko headed past Ben Foster before the Bosnia-Herzegovina international finished off a sweeping counter-attack on the stroke of full-time to seal a City win.
“It was a strange game which was full of incident,” said City’s assistant manager Platt.
“We thought we controlled the first half, despite going down to 10 men, and it was tremendous how we stuck together in the second half and created so many chances.
“It’s a great fillip to win after playing for almost 70 minutes with 10 men.”
Meanwhile, West Brom manager Steve Clarke praised City’s character to come from behind and seal three points despite being a man down against his side.
“It is a difficult one to take but we have to give credit to City,” said Clarke.
“They showed why they are champions – the way they played with 10 men was tremendous.
“Saying that, we put them in a position where they were reduced to 10 men and we acquitted ourselves very well and showed we are a very good team too.”