Platt takes positives from Stoke draw

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Manchester City assistant manager David Platt remains adamant that Saturday’s draw with Stoke could be vital in the outcome of the title race.


City could only muster a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium to gift title rivals Manchester United the chance to go three points clear at the top of the table when they go up against Fulham tonight.


The draw means Roberto Mancini’s men have won just three of their last 11 away games in all competitions, while in the league they have picked up maximum points in just two of their last six outings away from the Etihad Stadium.


However Platt maintains the draw is a point gained rather than two dropped in a title race that looks likely to go down to the wire.


“We knew it would be difficult but we dug in and we just need to keep amassing points,” Platt told


People could turn around and say that this was two points dropped but we won’t know that until the season has ended to see if it was actually a point gained.


“There are enough games left for us still to have a good go at it and that’s what we’ll be doing,” he added.


City went behind to a stunning Peter Crouch effort before Yaya Toure’s deflected long-range drive bought the scores level, with no team able to find the winning goal in the final minutes despite the game growing increasingly stretched.


Mancini threw caution to the wind as he looked for a winner, bringing on Carlos Tevez with 15 minutes remaining in the hope the Argentinian striker could spark a match winning attack in a similar vein to his key role for the winning goal against Chelsea last Sunday.


“The game became stretched and both teams wanted to win, so it could have gone either way in the end,” Platt added after the game.


“There is a long way to go and there will be more twists and turns along the way, for certain. We will follow our own road as we have been doing all season and win as many games as we possibly can between now and the last match.


“Our destiny is still well within our own hands, which is all you can ask for at this stage. The lads are positive and we move on to the next game, now.”

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