Updated: Sunday, 12th July 2020 @ 9:02am

High-flying Manchester City still not up to last season's heights, but David Platt promises best is yet to come

High-flying Manchester City still not up to last season's heights, but David Platt promises best is yet to come

By Pippa Field

It is imperative Manchester City continue to control proceedings against relegation battlers Queens Park Rangers if they are to succeed, believes David Platt.

Since the start of 2013, City have won all five league and cup games, scoring 11 goals without reply, including a 1-0 win over Stoke City last time out.

But claiming they had not yet clicked into top gear, Roberto Mancini’s number two was instead pleased with the way the side was controlling games.

“There’s an assurance from our performances at the moment,” said the assistant manager.

“I don’t think we’re yet hit the heights of last season where people said we were blitzing teams away.

“But in many ways it’s more pleasing there’s an assurance about our performances. There’s a control about them, even winning 1-0 at the weekend, there was a control with the game there.”

The Blues travel to QPR safe in the knowledge that they have emerged victorious in the last four league and cup encounters – scoring three each time.

But despite the Hoops crashing out of the FA Cup to the MK Dons, Platt was expecting a tough match against Harry Redknapp’s charges at Loftus Road.

“Every now and then you can get a very strange result in the FA Cup,” he said.

“Regardless of what team plays, I am sure that as a football club they will want to bounce back.

“Where they are in the league and their recent run of form, they haven’t given too much away under Harry. And they’ve started just to amass points.

“It’s a difficult game. It always is and more so under the lights with it being a tight ground.”

With rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester United not playing until Wednesday, City have a chance to reduce the deficit to two points with victory over QPR.

But with 15 games left to contest, Platt insisted that the focus would solely be on themselves.

“We’ll be playing trying to win a football match, Manchester United will be playing trying to win a football match,” he said.

“We can only look after ourselves. W e are playing well, but we’re still playing catch up.

“We’ve just got to stick on our road, and not get thrown off it because there are too many games left to say you’re going to win every one.

“I think there will be further points dropped by both teams.”

The Citizens will definitely be without captain Vincent Kompany after the defender limped out of their win over Stoke City with a calf injury.

But there was better news with the return of attacking duo Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli following illness.

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