Hughes hails City new boys

08 February 2009 11:44
Mark Hughes believes his new signings have already had a telling influence on his Manchester City side following Saturday's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough. Hughes handed a debut to Shay Given following his transfer window arrival and the former Newcastle United goalkeeper pulled off a string of fine saves. Meanwhile, fellow new signing Craig Bellamy scored his second goal in three games since joining from West Ham United. "We controlled the game for long periods, but they had a number of chances where we needed the quality and expertise of Shay to stop them scoring," said Hughes. "Everybody has seen his quality over a long period of time, we all know he is an outstanding goalkeeper. "On a few occasions he showed his experience and was able to get us out of a situation, which we were very grateful for. "He was a very calming influence on the back four, which was a young one today." On Wales striker Bellamy, he added: "We said before the game that we had to recognise when we had one-on-one positions and that's what Craig is very good at. "He was able to get a yard of space and that was enough for him. "Craig is as sharp as a tack at the moment, he is at the top of his form and free of injuries, so he is a different Craig Bellamy to the one I had at Blackburn. "He goes for 90 minutes, asks questions of the back four all the time and creates space for other people. I thought he was outstanding."

Source: ESA