Hughes - City learning to cope

27 February 2009 02:26
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes feels his squad 'understand' the expectation levels that they face following their emergence as the richest club in the world.

Billionaire owners the Abu Dhabi United Group arrived shortly after the start of the season and have a long-term plan to establish City as a major force on the football stage.

The new-found wealth at Eastlands has raised targets and Hughes recognises that his side - who have won away only once in the Premier League this season - have not dealt with the pressure.

But following last weekend's 1-1 draw at Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool, Hughes sees encouraging signs.

The Welshman, who is plotting three points at West Ham on Sunday, said: "We have a group of players who understand the demands that are going to be placed on them now and in the future.

Difficult"The expectation levels have been way ahead of any Manchester City team probably in the history of the club and we're dealing with it.

"The aim is to get a consistent run of form away from home as we have found it difficult on the road. We have another opportunity to show what we can do when we face West Ham.

"We have had a lot of criticism and rightly so but the manner of the performance at Liverpool will hopefully have given us confidence. It was a good display.

"Our problem in the past is we have been unable to see out games. We have not had the right tools.

"You need a different mentality and a different approach when you are away from home. But we are learning as a group all the time and gaining experience."

Source: SKY_Sports