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Hughes content to progress
04 Dec 2008 - 08:19:21
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes was relieved to see his side clinch a place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup with a goalless draw at home to Paris St Germain.
The Citizens endured a nervy evening at Eastlands, but the stalemate was enough to secure progress from Group A.
Hughes commented: "We had half chances to get on the scoresheet, but it was a frustrating night.
"We have performed better in other games. However this is a new experience for us. European games are a different test and a different problem we have to solve.
"We will be the better for the experience of going up against a good European side like PSG. It is important for our development.
"PSG defended well and played on the counter attack. We were a bit over-committed in trying to get the winning goal. That was the only time they looked a danger."
Meanwhile, Hughes is hopeful that the groin injury sustained by Elano during the game will prove not to be too serious.
He added: "We will check him out. With these kinds of strains it is a minimum of two weeks, possibly longer, but we hope he has not compromised himself too much with the injury.
"It is a blow to us because obviously we are a little bit light in midfield. We cannot afford to lose too many bodies there."