Man City coach Platt admits they considered hooking volatile Balotelli

Manchester City coach David Platt admits they considered hooking Mario Balotelli during victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Platt admitted City had been tempted to substitute striker Balotelli at half-time after he had been booked early on for bringing down Claudio Yacob.

Referee Mark Clattenburg then spoke to City captain Vincent Kompany after Balotelli escaped a second yellow card for a challenge on Shane Long.

Platt said: "The temptation is there (to substitute Balotelli). He got booked inside 20 minutes.

"We looked at it at half-time but he was causing them a problem and we felt confident just by speaking to him that there was not going to be any loss of head. He looked pretty calm."

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