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David Platt predicts big future for Marcos Lopes

Platt predicts Lopes improvement
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Manchester City coach David Platt thinks that Marcos Lopes's goal against Watford this afternoon is a sign that the Portuguese youngster has a bright future at the Etihad.

Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has predicted a bright future for youngster Marcos Lopes after he scored on his first-team debut this afternoon.

Lopes came off the bench to net from close range and seal a 3-0 FA Cup victory over Watford at the Etihad.

Platt believes that the Portuguese starlet is capable of keeping of staying grounded and working hard to improve in training.

He told BBC Sport: "He should be proud of that and equally he should be ready to train on Sunday 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 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."

Carlos Tevez and Gareth Barry were also on the scoresheet for Roberto Mancini as they edged the Hornets to progress to the fourth round in comfortable fashion.

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