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Dickov demands more
03 Nov 2006 - 09:59:45
Manchester City striker Paul Dickov believes Monday's crucial Premiership victory against Middlesbrough will prove to be a turning point in the club's season.
City boss Stuart Pearce had been criticised for his side's mediocre start to the campaign and was one of the bookies' favourites to be the next Premiership manager to be sacked.
However, Dickov thinks City can build on Monday's win and continue their charge up the table, starting with Saturday's trip to Charlton Athletic.
"The win on Monday night was important for all kinds of reasons," he told the Manchester Evening News.
"We were embarrassed as individuals and a team by the disappointment of what happened at Wigan but we started to put that right in the week and now we must try and push on.
"Our performance was spurred by pride in many ways and included first and foremost a great work-rate. We sat in the dressing room after the win over Boro and we all agreed that the level of performance we produced on Monday in terms of effort and determination can only be a starting point every week.
"That's the minimum we should expect from ourselves and that the supporters demand. There has to be an attitude that tells whatever opposition we are playing, be that Chelsea or Charlton, that they are going to have a difficult 90 minutes and there are no easy points on offer from Manchester City.
"That happened on Monday when from back to front our work ethic was fantastic. If we can keep that up then we are going to be hard to play against and to beat and we will pick up plenty of points."