Platt happy and Holloway impressed
- 01 January 2011 18:30
- Posted by Chris Bailey
Roberto Mancini shouted so much during a tense second half against Blackpool that he had no voice left for the post-match formalities.
Instead it was left to coach David Platt to articulate the anxiety on the bench as the Seasiders sought to take advantage of a string of missed chances by the home side including a penalty.
“What we didn’t do was take one of our good opportunities to score the all-important second goal as we have done recently,” reckoned Platt.
“We were never able to play with the freedom that a second goal allows you but Blackpool were very expansive and the way they play they always looked as though they might score. We were probably the happier of the two sides at the final whistle.
“Carlos missed a few chances but these things balance themselves out for strikers and for teams. He had a few efforts and didn’t manage to find the net and in another game he might score from his only chance.
We have a few walking wounded but we are pleased to have taken nine points from nine
“Silva got a bang on the knee we will see in the morning how he is. The good thing is that he was able to walk off,” he said.
“Mario has a swollen knee yesterday which is a hangover from his operation; he came in today and the swelling had gone down.”
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was full of praise for both his side and City as a club after the defeat.
“We threw everything we had at them after being hesitant in the first half,” he declared. “Matt Phillips came on and gave us hope in the second half turning the full backs inside out and we lost to a horrendous goal.
“What I would say though is that City are a quality club and someone is doing things right there. The stadium, the hospitality - where my wife spent the afternoon - even the ugly crash barriers which have covers over them are all top quality.
“It is all quality there; they are a class act. You know they even had City and Blackpool rock on the tables! Still we lost so its bah humbug from me.”