Updated: Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 4:07pm

Roberto Mancini is very angry: Manchester City's David Platt admits boss left livid by Everton defeat

Roberto Mancini is very angry: Manchester City's David Platt admits boss left livid by Everton defeat

By Barrie White

Assistant boss David Platt admitted Roberto Mancini was left angry by Manchester City’s capitulation at ten-man Everton.

Leon Osman’s fine finish midway through the first-half gave bogey side Everton a deserved lead while Croat Nikica Jelavic sealed the win for the Toffees in stoppage-time.

But City were left aggrieved when Marouane Fellaini, who was booked inside five minutes, handled inside the box, but ref Lee Probert gave a free-kick, much to the Blues’ and Mancini’s disgust.

“He’s angry, as you can imagine – he’s taking stock of the situation and calming down himself,” said Platt.

“He didn’t want to come out here and say something that would get him into trouble.

“I think he’s angry at everything in general. Our performance – we weren’t really at it all throughout the game and we got outworked by Everton.

“Two, when you do have moments in the game when you think you can get back in, it doesn’t go for you.”

Everton had their share of frustration with Probert’s inconsistent decisions – Steven Pienaar’s sending-off and Kevin Mirallas having a perfectly good goal chalked off.

Platt insisted it was a penalty, but admitted that City’s efforts might not have earned the defending champions any luck on the day.

“From where I was live, he’s given the handball, but I didn’t see if it was in the box or not,” said the number two.

“But on the replay, it’s not even on the line – it’s three yards inside. People can draw their own conclusions from that, but we didn’t get it.

“The performance didn’t deserve it, but that’s by-the-by – perhaps we could have gotten more out of the game if decisions had gone for us.”

Platt all but declared that United’s current 12-point lead will be enough, but insisted City will continue to try and win as many games as they can.

“They’ve got a massive points advantage over us and even if we’d have won the game today, we’d probably be 12 points as you’d expect them to win at home," he said.

“We have an obligation to win football matches between now and the end of the season, regardless of whether it’s mathematically impossible – which it isn’t at this time – but even when it is, we’ve still got the obligation to go and win football matches.”

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