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May, 15, 2013

Kidd praises Man Citys' focus

Manchester City caretaker manager Brian Kidd has praised his players for maintaining their focus after the club secured second place in the Premier League with a 2-0 defeat of Reading.

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City have experienced a turbulent couple of days after championship winning coach Roberto Mancini was sacked following the team's 1-0 FA Cup failure against Wigan.

But the players responded to the turmoil on the field, with goals to Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko claiming victory over already relegated Reading.

And Kidd was quick to honour his team's resolve to not let the recent troubles affect their performance and avoid the 'travesty' of slipping down the table.

"What has gone on in the last 24 hours was a shock to the staff, and before the game I would have just taken the result, to get the three points and take second place," Kidd said.

"It's all credit to the players - they are the ones who have had to put up with stuff off the pitch.

"I am pleased for them because it would have been a travesty if we hadn't finished second.

"To be honest, the three points was the most important thing.

"When you get to this stage of the season it's not about performances, but getting results and it was on my mind that we needed to seal that second spot in the league.

"That's the least we could do, and the staff, the fans and the players did it for the club."

Despite the victory and the claiming of the runners-up spot, the final whistle was met with roars of 'Mancini' from the away fans, a reminder of the supporter's disapproval of the club's decision to fire the Italian.

But Kidd again was only full of admiration for the way his players reacted to their disenchanted fans.

"I was asked to take charge for two games, and, being a Manchester lad, I couldn't say no," Kidd said. "I wouldn't have been able to walk down Market Street if I had.

"You'd have to ask the players how they feel. We appreciate the fans, and they were disappointed, and we were disappointed, on Saturday.

"What you've seen is a combination of a couple of things, but I think it was a relief because it has been a tough 48 hours.

"I was pleased with the way the players acknowledged the fans, but those players really appreciated it.

"There were 1,300 of them at Reading, disappointed after Wembley, but they turned out and you could hear them.

"The players and the backroom staff have been terrific."

Despite the loss, Reading manager Nigel Adkins cast a sympathetic eye towards City and Mancini after being the victim of a mid-season managerial change at Southampton.

But Adkins was confident that City are in the best position to secure a bright future, expecting the club to leave no stone unturned in their hunt for a new manager.

"You don't know what goes on at football clubs and it is more prevalent that managers don't get that long now because of the demands and nature of it," Adkins said.

"You can't be fearful and have to believe in the philosophies that you have got.

"I don't know the ins and outs and just concentrate on Reading. You look from afar and don't know what is going on behind the scenes.

"I'm sure there are other managers out there who have won things and still lost their jobs.

"We have to understand that it is football and there are going to be demands. There is high finance involved now. Owners have every right to do what they believe is right for their football club.

"He (Kidd) is a great football man and a great man for Man City and if there are going to be changes there are good people that can pick the reins up."

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