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The Gaffer's Post Match Reaction: West Ham


City's failure to get anything out of a UEFA qualification six pointer against a physical West Ham side leaves Mark Hughes frustrated and rueing injuries to key players....

City missed opportunities today in more ways than one and have a mountain to climb if the squad are to achieve a top seven league finish outside of the ongoing UEFA Cup campaign.

The City boss said: 'I thought our performance was good, on the balance of play we created four or five really good chances but did not take them.

'West Ham did not create a great deal, but in the second half they had one chance and took it. Unfortunately for us that has shaped the game. I thought it was one of our best away performances of the season, including Liverpool, but we did not take the chances and get the goal we needed.

'Goals change games, it's an old clichè but it is absolutely true. If we had scored first West Ham would have had to come out at us, which is when we can pick teams off. But when we concede first we find it difficult to put pressure on. Overall the performance was fine but we are very disappointed to lose away from home again.

'We were the away side but West Ham for long periods played like the away side trying to repel attacks. Attitude and performance-wise I am more than happy, but result wise we have to be disappointed because that was a game we should have won.'

It ain't looking good injury wise meanwhile and more inconsistent, bobbins refereeing meant that the bar being set with Scott Parker's booking for a lunge on the subsequently injured Micah Richards, it fell away allowing the dissent fuelled Parker to knack Robinho and go after others.

Certainly, West Ham's physical approach was somewhat unexpected but they again proved that if you really knock about this City side, you have a solid chance of winning.

Hughes underlined the seriousness of the injury situation ahead of the crucial midweek visit of Aston Villa:

'Craig will see the knee surgeon that he has seen before, he has a bit of pain on his patella. We hope it is nothing serious, we do not anticipate that it will be and it will be checked out on Monday. Robbie has gone over on his ankle, it is a similar one to when he was injured against Arsenal, it could be the same injury and he could be out for Wednesday as well.

'Micah had a stiff hamstring yesterday, had some work with the physios last night and it eased off. It was not an actual pull, but he went into a challenge and felt it stiffen up almost immediately. We hope we can work on it and release the tightness, hopefully it is not a strain because that would take him out for a number of weeks.'

Time is not on City's side as the fixture intensity picks up again and Hughes needs to be wary of pushing The Raging Bulgar, Valeri Bojinov back into the firing line too early. Much as it was brilliant to see him in a Luton, sorry City shirt this afternoon.

However, Hughes can at least call upon the free from supension Vital Man City favourite Shaun Wright-Phillips for Wednesday night.

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Date:Sunday March 1 2009

Time: 5:44PM

Your Comments

hughes out now
dakeb
hughes out now
dakeb
im sick of hearing hughes speak and i feel the players think exactly the same as me
bluemooner_mcfc
im sick of hearing hughes speak and i feel the players think exactly the same as me
bluemooner_mcfc
all the best in Home Games.LOL.Zola King Zola
Saimon_blues
all the best in Home Games.LOL.Zola King Zola
Saimon_blues
Fail to see how even the rosiest of rose tinted spectacles could see this as a good performance Mr Hughes. Thought we were back on track, we certainly looked better than the scousers (only to have Boro of all teams beat them 2-0!), but obviously that is not the case. I still think another transfer window would give Hughes the chance to make up for the deficiencies in the current squad, most notably the lack of height throughout the team. Unfortunately, can't see Hughes being around come summer to buy said players. Pity really, but on the back of away performances like this, can't see too many people being disappointed if he does get the boot.
fifthcolumnblue
Fail to see how even the rosiest of rose tinted spectacles could see this as a good performance Mr Hughes. Thought we were back on track, we certainly looked better than the scousers (only to have Boro of all teams beat them 2-0!), but obviously that is not the case. I still think another transfer window would give Hughes the chance to make up for the deficiencies in the current squad, most notably the lack of height throughout the team. Unfortunately, can't see Hughes being around come summer to buy said players. Pity really, but on the back of away performances like this, can't see too many people being disappointed if he does get the boot.
fifthcolumnblue
i never expect city to do anything away from home. So im not sad, i just cant wait for this season to finish. very frustrating year, villa wont be easy next week.
enzo city
i never expect city to do anything away from home. So im not sad, i just cant wait for this season to finish. very frustrating year, villa wont be easy next week.
enzo city
The problems lie in not taking our chances and leaking the single goal. If we had conceded just one goal in our opening games we would have been very happy because we were scoring at will, now we struggle to get one goal a game.
Thaibluefan
The problems lie in not taking our chances and leaking the single goal. If we had conceded just one goal in our opening games we would have been very happy because we were scoring at will, now we struggle to get one goal a game.
Thaibluefan
The game plan/tactics appears to work in that chances aere being created. The problem is that the players don't take them.
kennyclementstache
The game plan/tactics appears to work in that chances aere being created. The problem is that the players don't take them.
kennyclementstache
I have to say that ... ""Certainly, West Ham's physical approach was somewhat unexpected but they again proved that if you really knock about this City side, you have a solid chance of winning."" sums up where we are
Doody
I have to say that ... ""Certainly, West Ham's physical approach was somewhat unexpected but they again proved that if you really knock about this City side, you have a solid chance of winning."" sums up where we are
Doody
I have sussed out Hughesy......he wants the sack......he will still get a big pay out as well........so he is not bothered.....well thats how it seems to me now.....
lincolnblue
I have sussed out Hughesy......he wants the sack......he will still get a big pay out as well........so he is not bothered.....well thats how it seems to me now.....
lincolnblue
....hmmm strange theory. it would make sense, because hughes seems to have abandoned hie blackburn "hard grit, buy no egos policy, 4-4-2 and long balls tactics" all the good things that made him a good manager (not better than moyes)since coming city. looks like hes making the job too difficult for himself on many levels. though i dont agree that he wants the sack, i get the feeling he expects it come may,
enzo city
....hmmm strange theory. it would make sense, because hughes seems to have abandoned hie blackburn "hard grit, buy no egos policy, 4-4-2 and long balls tactics" all the good things that made him a good manager (not better than moyes)since coming city. looks like hes making the job too difficult for himself on many levels. though i dont agree that he wants the sack, i get the feeling he expects it come may,
enzo city
 

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