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Derby: Sparky Speaks Calmly After Taggart Jibes

Derby: Sparky Speaks Calmly After Taggart Jibes

Mark Hughes has given his pre derby address and it's a damn sight more dignified than Taggart's rattled finger pointing. He prefers to focus on the game...

Despite being five strikers down, this is the strongest City squad in years. Pleant Blue will be holding out for Sparky's side giving them a run for their money after the last two no show's.

Sparky told the official site:

'We are looking forward to the game, it's one that has captured everyone's imaginations. The interest surrounding it is greater than it's been in many, many years. We are going to enjoy it, it's a challenge for us and one of the bigger challenges we will have. It's about making sure that we give a good account of ourselves, because we are here to stay. We won't go away anytime soon, we are here to make a challenge and if we can that's what we will do.'

The gaffer confirmed the lack of striking options:

'Out of six strikers we have one fully fit. We have hopes on Carlos as an option, he joined in today but he has had no physical contact. He has not really tested the knee so we will have to do that before Sunday, but he is still a doubt.

He said of the swamp:

'It really is a fantastic stage for top level football. Everybody should be excited about going to a place like Old Trafford, it's a great arena and a test when you go there. We hope to go there and give a good account of ourselves, and we feel we have the talent in the team that can exploit things in the game at any given time.

Sparky went on to underline the team spirit Shaun Wright-Phillips spoke of this morning is certainly intact as a siege mentality has formed around the club in the opening weeks of the season:

'There is huge respect for United and their ability to win key games over the years. But we go there in great shape, and you have to go to places like Old Trafford in good heart. Our confidence is high, we are a strong group and very together at the moment, which is a big help to us.

'We want to win, the fans demand that and we demand that of ourselves, so we are positive ahead of Sunday.'

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday September 18 2009
Time: 7:13PM


did anyone see today on sky sports news reguarding the tevez poster?hughes was laughing at how much taggart hates it.thought it was great stuff myself!!
18/09/2009 19:24:00
taggart hates the Tevez poster but does anyone remeber the C untana poster that was put up at the car park on Kippax street in the early to mid nineties... he said then it was just banter..... so suck it in t**t and watch as Sparky's boys are gonna get ya.....
18/09/2009 19:30:00
Sparky on "Postergate....:" "It does seem to have upset Sir Alex for some reason. We take it as a little bit of flattery because maybe in recent years City have not affected the thinking of Manchester United. Possibly that has changed now. I am sure Sir Alex is sick and tired of people sticking a microphone under his nose and asking him about Man City rather than Man Utd. That has not happened in recent years. I can understand why he gets a bit irritated by it. That's quite amusing from my point of view." - Back of the net!
Johnny Baguette
18/09/2009 19:42:00
was he really? that's awesome. someone post a video link.
18/09/2009 19:43:00
Alright lads? Not long now until your humiliation at the hands of THE CHAMPIONS. I bet none of you have got your teams curtains through your entire house. I have. COMMITMENT.
Nobby Allcock
18/09/2009 19:52:00
Do you feel it necessary to end every post you have with a single word sentence?
18/09/2009 20:06:00
btw, you know how we're the sheikh's are getting all that money back that we spent over the past year? they're taking advantage of the moron bookies that think you're going to beat us on Sunday, just like the Arsenal fan-boys last week. how many did your Champions team put by them again?? oh yea, 2? one of which was an own goal you say? see you in stretford.
18/09/2009 20:10:00
nobby allcock,are we playing the champions?but we played barca last month and beat them!you must have us confused with some one else.i'll send the nurse around with something to help with your delusion.
18/09/2009 20:13:00
as long as it's Man U wine or Man U whisky from the THEATRE OF DREAMS store mate.
Nobby Allcock
18/09/2009 20:24:00
Nobby Allcock, sounds like a cartoon character. The stereotype scum fan. I'm not buying this, this has to one of the lads from admin on the wind up.
18/09/2009 20:40:00
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