Kidd relieved as City secure second spot

READING 0 vs MANCHESTER CITY 2

INTERIM Manchester City manager Brian Kidd praised his players for their response to a testing week as they secured a second place finish in the Premier League.

City lost the FA Cup final to Wigan on Saturday, manager Roberto Mancini was sacked on Monday and his assistant, David Platt, also headed for the Etihad Stadium exit door yesterday.

But, at the Madejski Stadium last night, goals in either half from strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko ensured third-place Chelsea cannot now catch City on the final day, to the relief of temporary custodian Kidd.

“What has gone on in the last 48 hours was a shock to the staff, the least we could have done for the fans was secure second,” he said.

“All credit to the players, they’re the ones who have had to put up with stuff off the pitch. It would have been a travesty if we had not finished second.”