Updated: Sunday, 5th April 2020 @ 10:41am

Squad game: Manchester City's David Platt praises strength-in-depth as substitute Edin Dzeko seals WBA win

Squad game: Manchester City's David Platt praises strength-in-depth as substitute Edin Dzeko seals WBA win

By Chris Bailey

Edin Dzeko’s double to seal a dramatic comeback against West Bromwich Albion today is the kind of impact Manchester City want from their substitutes, according to first team coach David Platt.

The 26-year-old – who came off the bench in the 80th minute to turn the game round for the champions – has impressed Platt with his attitude.

But the former England under-21 manager believes Dzeko’s performance is a sign of the importance of a squad game in City’s title defense.

“Edin’s been in superb form, not just in terms of goal scoring but at the end of last season, at the start of the season, coming off the bench or starting, he’s been excellent,” said Platt.

“It’s not just about who our best 11 players are like the man on the street might think, we pick a team from 24 players based on many factors.

“Edin’s a top, top player and if we can keep the spirit, that’s great, people should be disappointed when they’re left out but the reaction that you want is that if they come on they fight and all of our players did that.”

The Blues overcame a first-half James Milner sending off to fight back from a one goal deficit against an unbeaten Albion side that Platt was quick to praise.

“We knew this was going to be a difficult game right from the off,” said Platt.

“West Brom have started this season so well, they’re very well organised and they have a lot of good players, a lot of dangerous players.

“Whether or not (Milner’s foul) was a goal-scoring opportunity I’m not sure but there’s nothing we can do about that and we had to play 70 minutes with ten men.

“It’s difficult for all referees but it’s all pretty irrelevant now.”

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