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Lack Of Dynamism And Drive

Having watched his side lose 0-1 to FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Cup second round first leg-qualifying tie against part time Danish opposition, Mark Hughes had a few stern words to say.

'We needed to be dynamic and show more personality and drive the play. Fair play to the opposition though they understand the counter-attack game and executed it well.'

'Perhaps we were a little bit behind them in terms of sharpness and match fitness but that is no excuse.'

'In the first half we had too many unforced errors and needed to play in their half and not get trapped in our half which is what happened. In the second half they put people behind the ball and played on the break which they did very well.'

'We need to get up to speed before the weekend and hopefully this game will let us know where we are at and what we need to do.'

'We are short of a few players and are a bit light so we're still in the market for players. The match is only at half-time.'


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Date:Friday August 15 2008

Time: 1:10AM

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On a positive not, it cant be as bad next time round. Truly, truly awful!
oliverblue
it wasn't that good oliverb.I am sorry to say that with two genuine left footed players who work that left wing with Petrov he didn't pick either of them, if he needs a left back why are we still chasing a striker?
Buzz Lightyear
The can't be arsed attitude within the City squad has been an issue for some time and it's still there. The grinning faces getting on the coach for the airport and Thailand the day after the 8-1, the failure to acknowledge the fans at the end of the game at Celtic Park and now the no show which heaps humiliation upon fans already sick to the back teeth. Hughes looked an angry man and this result could precipitate some ringing changes. I think Johnson is not putting in a shift and warrants dropping at Villa Park for a kick off.
Johnny Baguette
Really sorry to say this boys but i think uv been had over by the good Doctor!!!! It's a shame because u are a "proper" club and there aint many in that league!! On a seperate issue, it does ease my worries with Rovers to see the struggles that our ex-leader is having.......all due respect boys but i never saw the reason that he woulda left us for you...he had solidarity, unity and a board that was willing to back him in every respect apart from blowing millions on untested brazilians who promptly knob off to the olympics!!! You might think that spending copious amounts of money will re-invigour ur team but it wont. Hughes needs time but i cant see him gettin it.. especially with performances like the last one....without money to strengthen he hasn't got the team to acheive anything!!! Stability, unity and backing are not in the Doctors vocabulary!! - Good Luck City, Tough Sh1T HUGHESY!!!!!!
mani13963
Hughes quotes"lack of fitness for defeat" is that not his job to keep the team at a fit state. These are games we cant just throw away we need to be winning these games they are very important to us. And what type of team did he have playing i was shocked to see Bojinov on the bench what is going on he is a goal scorer
dunne deal
To me we haven't progressed one iota since the humiliation at The Riverside. The problem remains exactly the same with nobody taking responsibility in midfield therefore we are still not creating any chances for the teamful of strikers we have on the books. It wouldn't make any difference if we signed Torres, Drogba, Berbatov etc. the problem would still be the same.
alphieblues
Your rite alphi we need to sign in midfield if we have a strong midfield it controls the gane. There the players who do most of the work who help the defence and who help score goals. With midfield we have it just aint going to happen like that. The defence have a much harder job to do than what they should be doing, and the attackers are not getting the oppertunitys to score goals
dunne deal
Spot on alphie and DD. Everyone I have spoken to agrees that Johnson is swanning about rating himself big style and not putting it in. He should be dropped for sunday. Bring in Hamman to steady the ship. No way would Wenger pay 8 mill for the zero effort he has put in close season. I agree with alph. The Riverside mentality remains. I think Boj is still not match fit, but Caicedo, although young is showing no spark at all. As for Richard Dunne. Another big error and he needs to raise his game considerably. Richards and maybe Sturridge the two bright lights on a dismal night.
Johnny Baguette
I was surprised to Onuoha on the bench this would have been the ideal game to give Micah the midfield general role where I think he would give us that extra steel that is lacking. I would like to see him paired with Hamann in place of Johnson and Fernandes I am sure this would solve a lot of our problems.
alphieblues
well if i rememeber last year hughesy put out a very poor side for blackburn in the uefa cupp and they got knocked out. I am just hoping he doesnt plan on doing the same to us cause the uefa cup is a cup for us
dunne deal
It's so bloody frustrating. I really thought they played relatively well against Celtic and Milan. We beat Milan! The passing game worked really well...and then we go a mess it up with the Danes. Typical Blues! On towards another deliriously stressful season, lads!
Old Mother Hell
 

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