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Sven hoping to strengthen

21 Jan 2008 - 07:32:13

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted he hopes to strengthen his squad before the January transfer window closes.

Eriksson saw his side held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham United on Sunday to lose pace with the league's top-four teams.

The Swede was unable to call upon the services of injured new signing Nery Castillo who will miss the next six weeks with a dislocated shoulder and afterwards Eriksson admitted he was keen to land some fresh faces.

"Castillo has signed and I'm very happy with that, but he will be out for five or six weeks and that is a big blow," he said.

"We are working hard to make things better.

"I think we have a good opportunity to do it and I know that the owner would like to do it as well.

"If you don't win at home it's more difficult. The race for fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place will be very difficult."

Meanwhile, Eriksson heaped praise on Joe Hart after the young goalkeeper's impressive performance against the Hammers.

"He played very well yet again today. He has a great future and is a fantastic goalkeeper for his age," he added.

"He's rather big, he's good on crosses and he's very brave.

"The only thing that's missing is experience. You cannot buy experience - you have to stand there between the posts and let it happen over the years."

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