Roberto Mancini's No.2 paid tribute to the home side's positive approach and admits he wasn’t sure if his side would be able to withstand the late onslaught from Neil Warnock’s menManchester City assistant boss David Platt praised his side’s resilience after a hard-fought 3-2 victory over QPR at Loftus Road.
Goals from Edin Dzeko, David Silva and Yaya Toure gave the Premier League leaders all three points, but only after the hosts had pushed them to the limit with an all-action display.
After the match Platt, attending the press conference in place of Roberto Mancini, said City had never expected their opponents to lie down, but admitted he was surprised and impressed by QPR boss Neil Warnock’s tactics on the day.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” he told reporters.
“We thought we’d be able to withstand it for the first 20 minutes and then get our passing game going, but they stopped us from doing that and the game became a little too end-to-end.
“We always looked dangerous when we had the ball down the sides of them, but for the first 25 minutes we didn’t utilize the space they left us well enough. We played in front of them.
“You’ve got to give credit for the offensive way Neil Warnock set out his team, with two attacking full-backs and two centre-forwards. We didn’t expect that.”
Platt admitted that while he was pleased City managed to find three goals, he wasn’t sure if they would be able to hang on as QPR battered them for an equalizer late on.
“I think that’s the first game this season we’ve had to really dig out,” he added.
“Even in the tighter games, we’ve still looked like we were going to score goals. We’ve not necessarily put teams to the sword, but we haven’t looked like we were going to concede.
“But even at 3-2 today, we were never sure, right up until the final whistle, whether or not we were going to take away three points.”
Platt believes City’s below-par performance was the result of the travelling involved in Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Villarreal, but revealed he took pride in the fact the team still managed to get the win.
“The travelling is probably still in our legs, but that’s the way it is,” he said. “If you want to be successful, the matches are going to come thick and fast.
“We’ve got to navigate our way through them, and if we’ve got to win in that manner, then we have to win in that manner.
“It’s a good win. We’re not going to play the kind of football we’ve been playing so far the season for 38 games, so the important thing is that, when we’re not quite at it, we still win football matches.”