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Hughes wary of Delap's threat

24 Oct 2008 - 13:50:58

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes his side has the armoury to combat the threat of Rory Delap's long throws when Stoke City visit the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday.

Hughes' side have taken only one point from three Premier League games since thrashing Portsmouth 6-0 last month and the former Blackburn Rovers boss is keen to regain the winning habit.

He told the club's official website: "He's got an unbelievable throw and you can say what you like about the tactic but it works.

"If you've got that kind of weapon in your armoury you're going to use it. We'll highlight it because maybe some of our guys haven't come across that type of tactic before.

"It's very difficult to defend in fairness, you've got to be really strong, mentally tough as well and demand that everybody does their jobs.

"You have to be dominant in that area and dictate to the opposition rather than let them dictate to you. It's a different problem that we have to cope with but hopefully we'll be up to that challenge and will cause them problems themselves.

"I think the keeper has a key part to play. Most defences and teams would prefer the keeper to take responsibility and come and make the ball his own.

"So we'll be asking Joe Hart to command his area and obviously he'll have people in and around him to help him with that as well."

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