Both Aaron Hughes and Mark Hughes mentioned today how the 1-1 draw with Manchester City is a sign the team is improving under the relatively new manager. If you remember (which by now, if you don’t and haven’t been reminded in the last week, consider moving the rock you are currently under) Manchester City ripped our poor Whites apart in a 4-1 victory at the Cottage back in the beginning of Premier League play this season. Aaron pointed out that the team played with almost the exact same lineup yesterday (Simon Davies was the only player missing yesterday from the 4-1 match starting lineup) and got a decidedly better result.
“We got the early goal in the second half, which gave us something to build on and try to add to, although at the same time staying wary that they did pose a big threat, especially with the lads they had up front. It was a case of keeping the balance right and I thought overall we did that well. It’s something the manager has been getting us to do more over the course of his time here. It has been a development of the team and it’s slowly but surely come together, which is why we’ve been getting some good results over the past couple of months. This game was another good example of what happens when we do the things the manager is asking us to do. If you stay on the front foot, then you do get positive results.”
It’s really good to see the players are responding to Mark Hughes, it’s essential to good play. I wish we could be peaking at a time when there were more fixtures to continue that momentum rolling, but alas, the team only plays two matches in March.
Mark Hughes even commented on how the players were working hard under him:
“You saw a different type of performance. In that first game City were excellent and we didn’t have any answers. But in the return we restricted very good players to very few opportunities. That’s a reflection of the work we’ve done and the commitment the players have shown me.”