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City on fast track to glory

14 Sep 2010 09:28:13

| Submit Comments| Comments (73)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapCity's fixture list between now and Christmas reads like a Piccadilly Station timetable. But that is a blessing as far as new Blue James Milner is concerned, as he finds his feet in a new team, in a new town. Milner knows time is at a premium as Chelsea continue their meteoric start to the season and with Arsenal ? prime top four rivals ? also hitting the ground running. But he believes that the packed City schedule will help bed in the new boys, and smooth over the kind of wrinkles which City encountered in Saturday?s disappointing draw with Blackburn. ?When you come to a new club, you just want to get out on the field and play, because that?s where you really settle in,? said the £25m England man ?You need to get on with the football, and there is no danger of that not happening, because we have a lot of games coming up in the next few weeks. ?We need to improve and keep moving forward as a team and we will get better and better as the season progresses. ?It might take time for us to play our best football, but hopefully we can get results while we are getting to that stage, and keep moving forward step by step. ?Teams are winning games and Chelsea have started the season very strongly, so you can?t afford to lose too much ground. ?We need to pick up results when not playing well, and once we get that bit of luck in front of goal, I am sure the goals will start flying in. The more we play together the better we will get at breaking teams down. ?The more time we get together, the more you get to know instinctively about who is making what runs. ?Settling in takes time, but you try to get there as soon as possible. ?It's a big move, changing clubs, joining a new team and learning to play with new team mates. Your life also changes off the field, and that's a big thing too. ?People don?t see you moving house and settling into a new area and it?s not easy, but it?s how quickly you can settle as a team and about learning to win these types of games. ?As a team, we need to learn to win those games when you don't play so well.? Milner, who started in his preferred central midfield role in the first half, forged a promising partnership with Adam Johnson early in the game, the two England men buzzing off each other to create early chances. The former Aston Villa man has had a closer look than most at the blossoming of Johnson from Championship player to England starter over the last few months. And he feels that the metamorphosis has been all the more remarkable because of his pal?s tender age ? he is 23 ? and the consistency he has shown. ?It?s difficult when you have been away with your national team to come back to your club, because it?s a complete change,? said Milner. ?It?s a good thing when you come off the back of two good results, but when you have been away from home travelling with a completely different team, and a lot of the lads come back late from internationals, it makes it harder. ?You only have one day to train before the game and don?t do a lot then because there has been a lot of travelling and you are trying to recover. ?It?s not making excuses, because it?s the same for every team ? everyone in the Premier League has international players. It?s about how you adapt, and hopefully we can do better next time. ?Younger players are generally more inconsistent as well, but Adam has played quite a few games now and is getting more and more experienced. ?For both of us being involved with England has helped, because it gives you experience. ?He is playing very, very well, and when it is like that you just want the next game to come as quickly as possible. He is flying and hopefully he can keep that form, keep scoring goals and keep doing what he has been doing for us. ?He is one of those players who when things are going well just keeps going. ?He is very quick and creative, has a bag of tricks and that makes him a very dangerous player. ?He is great to have in the squad, because you give him the ball and you know things are going to happen because he has the ability to unlock defences."| Submit Comments| Comments (73)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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