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Eastlands Score Draw: Sparky And Roy's Reactions

Eastlands Score Draw: Sparky And Roy's Reactions



Not often we can talk about an Eastlands score draw these days but a far from full powered City committed suicide and you can't do that against battling Fulham...

Mark Hughes:

'At set pieces we need to do better in terms of positioning and personnel. We've been caught out a few times but it's not just us. Decent balls in are difficult to defend, though that wasn't the case today.'

The City gaffer went on to reveal that he is clearly concerned about The Blues defence:

'We started really well with four clean sheets but we're conceding now. We're working hard on that. There are areas we need to focus on and we pick the bones out of the games we have played.'

The frustration across Planet Blue tonight was mirrored in the boss's downbeat assessment of his team throwing away the game which we simply cannot do if we are to meet our aspirations this season:

'At 2-0 up we should have seen the game out comfortably but we allowed them back in and we're disappointed. The key was Duff scoring, it gave them that boost. If we could have seen it through for ten or 15 minutes after our second goal the game would have petered out and we'd have won.'

The question knocking about tonight is whether or not Hughes will turn to Vincent Kompany or Nedum Onuoha to come in and stabilise City's defence as Kolo Toure trudged off injured alongside City's doctor in the closing stages:

'That goal gave them a lift at the right time and then we didn't really deal with the ball into the box. Dempsey is good in the air - it was a good goal, but I think he was as surprised as most people.'

Roy Hodgson:

The Fulham boss sounded proud and pleased with his side's fightback at the end of a gruelling week:

'We gave another good performance. City are getting stronger and stronger and they have good quality players. We have players injured at the moment so it was a sterling effort for the players to earn a point. We battled hard against a good side, defended well throughout, and the character of the team is outstanding.

'After their goals we got ourselves back on track and started playing how we had for the 60 minutes. It looked as though the game had been settled but full credit to the players. I wouldn't say that it was that clear in terms of chances but over the 97 minutes a draw was a fair result.'


Fulham continue to defy all estimations and get results despite their busy schedule.

City meanwhile must address their defence urgently as Birmingham are highly likely to throw the kitchen sink at them next weekend.

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday October 25 2009
Time: 7:22PM

Comments

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Hodgson has every right to be proud, they done well. City on the other hand - well, less said the better.
BlueWolfie
25/10/2009 19:30:00
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what is it with you and Fulham at your place :-)
Merlin
25/10/2009 19:44:00
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Merlin - Fulham at home and Wigan away are the 2 matches that I now look least forward to when the fixtures come out. Hopefully they'll both get relegated in the next couple of years!
Kevinho
25/10/2009 19:48:00
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we got 2 points from teams that beat us last year as they are now our Bogey teams OFFICIAL, now lets see where we can go from here..2 points gained as opposed to Zilch last year is a bit of an improvement....
cityman51
25/10/2009 21:21:00
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We've won every single home game in 2009 except for the two games against Fulham lol.
MCFC_Goatboy
25/10/2009 21:50:00
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