We’ll battle on! Man City’s Platt staying positive after Everton loss

Manchester City coach David Platt says the Citizens will stay positive and try to win their remaining games after losing to Everton

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Roberto Mancini's side are 15 points behind leaders Manchester United Photo: Back Page Images

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David Platt insists Manchester City will try to stay positive despite falling 15 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavić both netted in Everton’s 2-0 victory over the defending champions at Goodison Park on Saturday, before the Red Devils beat Reading 1-0.

However, Platt wants City to win all their remaining league games in the run-in, insisting the Citizens still have an outside chance of pipping United to the title.

“Our intention is to win football matches,” said City’s assistant manager. “No one’s been shouting from the rooftops saying we’ll chase the 12 point deficit down.”

He added: “It’s not mathematically impossible, but even then it is it doesn’t change our focus and intensity.

“Our professionalism will be to go out and win our remaining games to ensure that we finish as high up the table as we possibly can and try to ensure that we win the FA Cup, too.”

Platt felt City created enough opportunities to secure a result at Goodison Park and refused to blame their defeat a poor refereeing decision after they were denied a clear penalty when Marouane Fellaini handled in the box.

“From where I was down on the touchline I didn’t know if it was inside or not, but we quickly had a message come through to us that it was inside – having now seen it myself, it was well inside the box, but it’s not gone for us,” said Platt.

“But even then we probably created enough decent chances to get something out of the game.”

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