Hughes keen to attack

11 February 2009 04:36
Mark Hughes has vowed not to ditch his side's attacking style in a bid to improve results away from Eastlands.

A fourth successive home victory against Middlesbrough on Saturday eased City's relegation worries, but results away from home have at times undermined Hughes's position as boss.

However, the former Blackburn manager has promised to continue with his blend of free flowing football, claiming his attacking stars do not deserve to be dropped.

"We now need to improve away from home which is the one thing that is holding us back at the moment. That is where our focus must be" he said.

"We have been guilty of maybe letting the opposition take the initiative. But we must continue to be attack minded on our travels" he continued.

Form players"We can't really shackle Robinho, Craig Bellamy, Stevie Ireland and Shaun Wright-Phillips too much because they have a real passion for the game and love for it and they try to make things happen."

"Craig is as sharp as a tack at the moment. He is playing at the top of his form, is free of injuries and is very confident. He is a better Craig Bellamy to the one I had at Blackburn" revealed Hughes.

Hughes believes that the balance of the side is now as he wants it and is confident that City can go on to gain consistency, despite a difficult run of fixtures away to Portsmouth, Liverpool and West Ham.

"The balance of the side is coming around to the way I would want it, but it will still take time" he said. "We are better equipped now than we were to get results away from home."

"Having said that, a number of the players have still only had a handful of games with us and by the end of the season I think everyone will see the difference and what kind of understanding can be created."

"There are good signs, there is no doubt about that. I am very positive about what we can achieve between now and the end of the season" he said.

Source: SKY_Sports