Platt defends under-fire Mancini

The Italian has come in for criticism for being too negative after

successive goalless draws against Manchester United and Birmingham.

Home fans reacted by chanting “What is going on” when Mancini opted

to replace Carlos Tevez with Gareth Barry towards the end of City’s

latest stalemate. It seemed an unfathomable move given

£18million Brazilian striker Jo was also on the bench at the

time. Yet Platt is quick to reject any notion of Mancini being a

defensive coach. “It is wrong for people to level at the gaffer

that he is a defensive coach,” said Platt. “He isn’t, in any way,

shape or form. “It is too easy to look at it and say you have taken

a striker off and put a midfield player on. It isn’t a computer

game. “We more or less camped out in the Birmingham half for the

majority of the second half. “But people felt because we were

playing Birmingham it was three points guaranteed. It is never that

in the Premier League.” Platt also revealed Tevez, who has opted to

remain in Manchester rather than head off to Doha for Argentina’s

high-profile friendly with Brazil, is still troubled by the injury

that saw him fly home for treatment earlier this month. “Carlos has

a dead leg,” he said. “What happens when he plays is that it

loosens off but unfortunately, it comes back again. “The last 10 or

15 minutes of any game, when you have expended as much energy as he

did in midweek, become very dangerous. “The one thing we didn’t

want to happen was for Carlos to pull a muscle and be out for three

or four weeks.”