Manchester City boss Hughes hopes Robinho will finally pass away-day test

14 February 2009 12:50
Mark Hughes could be forgiven for watching Robinho's superb showing for Brazil in London on Tuesday night and wonder why the Barclays Premier League's best paid player cannot produce such form for him away from the City of Manchester Stadium.

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manager Hughes is acutely aware that Robinho's efforts away from home mirror that of his team. Ahead of today's visit to Portsmouth, Hughes said: 'All of us need to replicate the home form away, because we haven't been able to get enough quality away.

'Our home form has been excellent and, given the games we have ahead of us, it's about time we started to do better on our travels.

Key for City: Robinho needs to improve away from home, says boss Mark Hughes

'Obviously Robbie is key to that. All it takes is a flash of brilliance and he can win a game on his own. We saw that for Brazil this week.'

With Shaun Wright-Phillips suspended today, there is a chance for Robinho's Brazil team-mate Elano to come in.

Hughes said: 'There are some games where I decide he can make a difference and others where I'll go with different personnel. He is perhaps more comfortable with that than he was initially.'

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