City resolve impresses Kidd
By Football News
Caretaker Manchester City manager Brian Kidd was pleased with the way the players responded to a tumultuous period by beating Reading 2-0.
Kidd took the reins for Tuesday's clash at Madejski Stadium following the sacking of Roberto Mancini on Monday and the departure of the Italian's second-in-charge, David Platt, before the match.
Goals from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko secured the win, which wrapped up second place in the Premier League and helped ward off the disappointment of their heartbreaking FA Cup final loss to Wigan.
Kidd was pleased to see the team move on from a difficult period.
"To be honest, the three points was the most important thing. I think you get to this stage of the season where it's not about performances, it's about getting results," Kidd told Sky Sports.
"It was on my mind that we needed to seal that second spot in the league, that's the least we had to do.
"I would have just taken the result tonight. If you had said to me you are going to get three points and clinch second place, I'd have accepted that - the way the last 48 hours have gone."
Kidd said the club had been shocked by Mancini's sacking.
"If you were to ask me about what has gone on in the last 24 hours, it was a shock to the staff," he said.
"All credit to the players, they are the ones that have had to put up with stuff off the pitch as well."
City announced before the game that Platt had declined the opportunity to continue working with the club, and Kidd said the chance of a stint in the hot seat was one he could not pass up.
"It's not me, I've just come in and been asked to take the team for two games. As a Manchester lad, I couldn't say no," he said.
Reading boss Nigel Adkins, meanwhile, saw plenty of positives as his team prepare for life in the Championship next term.
"We played against an exceptionally good team that play the ball very well," he said.
"They (City) are obviously hurting at this moment in time as well, but I thought their attitude was bang on from a players' point of view. They are good in possession of the football.
"But I must say, although we maybe stuffed them a little bit in the first half - that's maybe down to the quality of their players - we want to evolve into a team that can control longer periods of possession of the football.
"There is a lot of positivity about the place. On the training ground the players are certainly in a positive mind set and everyone wants to be in and is looking forward to the future."