Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Hughes' Reserved Expectations For Pompey Clash

Hughes' Reserved Expectations For Pompey Clash

Google language translator



Mark Hughes has hardly delivered a rallying cry to the Official Site this morning as our travelling Blues make the long trip south to hear the Chimes...

We shouldn't be too surprised at the manager's guarded view for the trip to Portsmouth but again, I can't help but feel disappointed that we're not hearing real defiance and the beginnings of a battling siege mentality. Something we thought would be guaranteed with Hughes' arrival at Eastlands.

'It will be a tough game, Fratton Park is always a hard place to go to but they are having a bit of a difficult time of it at the moment. They will be looking to turn their season around somewhat.

'It won't be easy but to use an old cliché, there are no easy games in the Premier League. If you don't attain a certain level, you won't win games. We have to make sure that we are up for the challenge.

'Hopefully by the time we get to the game there will have been good news on the injury front, because we are a little bit light because of a few knocks that are around, but we are going there with the view that we can get a positive result.

'They will be certainly looking to improve their performance of that day (last year's six niller), and we will be looking to match what we produced back then. We were exceptional on that, our attacking play was as good as I have seen from any team for quite some time. I would be delighted if we can replicate that.

'Portsmouth still has a good team with good, solid Premier League players that understand what it takes to win in this division. It won't be easy because Fratton Park is always an intimidating atmosphere and you have to deal with that. We'll go with hopes we can get a positive result, but it is going to be tough.'

So yes, it's going to be tough and it won't be easy, but talk of hoping to replicate City's 6-0 performance smacks of absolute delusion and a degree of desperation.

He'd be delighted, we'd be stunned. Especially as City will be taking the field with a team missing Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland and possibly Robinho, nevermind Benjani.

Hamstring and thigh pulls once again to the fore.

VITAL MC INFO:

- When the first whistle blows, don't forget to join the Vital MC Community on our popular Live Match Thread in the Forums on match days.

Vital Manchester City is growing fast with over 1,000 Blues now registered with us. There's more to come - Be Here Now and join our worldwide community:


Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football
Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday January 10 2009
Time: 8:59AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Fratton Park Pitch Inspection Underway: Pompey v City hangs in the balance this morning and a pitch inspection is under way at 0900 GMT.
Johnny Baguette
10/01/2009 09:03:00
0
we will be lucky to score 1 goal today never mind anywhere near 6 ...I'm sorry but I dont have very much confidence in the players he has to choose from today.......
lincolnblue
10/01/2009 09:10:00
0
Portsmouth FC Official Site says Mike Dean is at the on pitch controls....
Johnny Baguette
10/01/2009 09:31:00
0
theres a new air of confidence in pompey. Our most influential players are returning, Glen Johnson has signed a new deal, Defoe has fianaly left, and our owner has outligned where he intends to take portsmouth football club. If we can't avoid defeat now, I can't think when we will...
pompeycarpet
10/01/2009 09:50:00
0
Pc, if the game goes ahead you will be greeting a City side low on morale and many of it's best players.
Johnny Baguette
10/01/2009 10:02:00
0
Todays Game at Pompey Has Been Posponed Dont Travel
sea-juicer
10/01/2009 10:27:00
0
Yep confirmed on Quay radio direct from Fratton Park - Text them to return home Johnny !
Chix
10/01/2009 10:31:00
0
Sent. Top man.
Johnny Baguette
10/01/2009 10:32:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Pep Guardiola: A Profile Pt Two - Barcelona

Vital Manchester City member, Skoorb continues with his Pep Guardiola profile, part 2. Barcelona.

(Video) Momentum Grows On Laporte Deal

Every man and his dog is being linked with Manchester City, however the Aymeric Laporte story is beginning to grow by the day.

Manchester City On Top Of The World

Manchester City fans are positive, happy, and together. These are wonderful times for everyone associated with this great football club.

Ilkay Gundogan Agrees Personal Terms

Reports coming out of Germany suggest Ilkay Gundogan has agreed personal terms with Manchester City.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news
Real Madrid News 24/7  

Site Journalists

Tudor
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Sedgie
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many new players will Pep bring in this window?
Suggested By: johnkelv
Between 1 & 24%
Between 3 & 554%
Between 6 & 834%
9 or more8%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear402
2.Tudor398
3.Skoorb302
4.Johnny Baguette210
5.Bluedub202
6.Colin Is The King189
7.kennyclementstache104
8.Rising103
9.seac71
10.johnkelv70