West Ham coach Platt delighted for Mario Lopes after debut goal

Manchester City coach David Platt was delighted for 17 year-old Mario Lopes after his goal in victory against FA Cup opponents Watford.

Manchester City coach David Platt was delighted for 17 year-old Mario Lopes after his goal in victory against FA Cup opponents Watford.

Marcos Lopes is reputedly nicknamed 'Rony' after the Brazilian striker Ronaldinho - but City assistant manager Platt brushed off any comparisons.

Platt said: "I hope not. His nickname is Marcos and he has played five minutes in an FA Cup tie and scored a goal. He should be proud of that and equally he should be ready to train tomorrow and he will be, with the under-21 team to play in their game on Monday.

"He's a good lad, he's got a very good temperament as well and he won't let that go to his head.

"He's got a big smile on his face at the moment. He came away with us in pre-season, did very, very well and has great lines as a footballer with great technical ability.

"He wants to hurt the opposition, wants to get in the box, and has been scoring goals like that for the under-21 team. He's got a good future ahead of him, certainly."

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