Date: 5th February 2010 at 12:42pm
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City head North East for a game where victory is essential in order to maintain crucial momentum in the race for top four status

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Mancini:

‘We need a full squad to choose from with four games in 10 days coming up. They may not be teams challenging at the top of the table, but they will all be difficult matches – perhaps more sothan the teams in the top six. Hull are not easy to beat on their own pitch, as they proved by holding Chelsea to a draw this week, and they will provide a stiff test for us. We need to play with concentration and heart because they will fight hard and we have to be ready for that.

‘Kolo is the captain of the team and he was the captain before I arrived and I don’t intend to change anything. I want my team to have many captains out on the pitch, but only one player can wear the captain’s armband – and that is Kolo. He is a very important player for us and a very good leader so I am very happy for him to continue to skipper the team.’

Phil Brown:
Press conference quotes to follow.

Adam Johnson:

‘There is always competition for places at top clubs. But I have had to pinch myself when I have looked around the dressing room and seen the types of players we have here – it’s a lot different to Middlesbrough!

But it’s all about me working hard, and learning and listening to the manager and the coaches.’

VMC City Video Link: Mancio Pre Hull Press Conference

Hull City Team News:

Hull are still thnakfully without midfield talisman and City nemesis Jimmy Bullard who has knee knack.

Paul McShane took a bang in the eye against Chelsea in midweek and will face a late fitness test.

INJURED: Bullard, Ashbee, Ghilas and Marney.

Player to watch: Stephen Hunt

The battling Hunt has been influential along both flanks for The Tigers of late, none moreso than in the admirable draw with Chelsea in midweek.

City’s defence will have to be sharp in reaction to his runs and match his combative streak. Has a tendency to sometimes tackle late.

Manchester CITY Team News:

City’s delight at welcoming Patrick Vieira, Adam Johnson and Wayne Bridge into the squad will be tempered by the news that Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards are both crocked. Kompany and Mr. T have been sensational in City’s young defence in recent games. Mancio reckons Joleon Lescott needs another week of training before he has a chance of making the team.

INJURED: Santa Cruz, Johnson, Kompany, Lescott and Richards.

Player to watch: Patrick Vieira

He’s been there, seen it, done it and will shortly begin his quest to help City break into the top four whilst at the same time securing his place on Les Bleus plane out of Paris for the World Cup in South Africa.

Where does Mancio plan to employ the big man in his ever changing mid game formations? We are about to find out.
Vieira is a winner and despite the crap spouted about his age joins a large raft of 30 something ‘veterans’ in the Premier League.

Vieira’s cool head could become essential in teh coming weeks.

Match Facts & Stats

City have won 4 of their last 5 league games.

The Citizens have won once in the last 9 away league fixtures.

Hull are without a win in 11th consecutive games across all competitions.

The Blues have lost only 4 games all season across all competitions.

The Tigers have not won a league game since last November when they beat Everton at home.

Hull have lost only 1 home game in the last 9 at the KC Stadium. It came against the rags.

City have scored 15 goals in their last 6 league games. Hull have scored 6 in 6.

Follow the game live in the popular VMC Match Day Forum Thread on Saturday:
MATCHDAY THREAD: Hull City v Man City – Sat Feb 6th – KO: 3pm UK Time

Next MCFC Points Of Blue Meeting:

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February, 10, 2010 at 6.30pm in the Mancunian Suite at Eastlands.

Do you have views on any City-related subject that you want to raise with the club?

From match tickets to concourse catering, whatever the issue, get it off your chest at the next Points of Blue meeting.

The club will be represented by Vicky Kloss (Chief Communications Officer), Danny Wilson (Head of Supporter Experience), Peter Fletcher (Head of Safety & Security), Steven Robinson (Ticket Sales Manager) and Neil Worcester (Catering & Operations Manager).

Ref Watch:

P Dowd (Staffordshire):
It’s Mr. Dowd`s second game in charge of both City and Hull this season. Both were 2-2 away draws for us at Liverpool and The Tigers at Bolton. A steady yellow flourisher who tends to keep his reds pocketed. Current season record: Games:25, Yellow Cards:82, Red Cards:4

Match Prediction:

One we must win. It’s a simple as that. Arsenal have been able to hold on to their lofty position despite a chastening defeat to the rags and now face Chelsea with valuable points still in the bank. That’s because they made sure they beat sides in the lower half of the table when it counted. City have Arsenal in their sights with 2 games in hand, but to overhaul The Gunners, The Blues will have to play a damn sight better than they did at home to Portsmouth last weekend. Hull are showing great morale and resilience and won’t need a second invitation should City be slow out of the starting blocks. But the experienced likes of Bridge, Lescott and Vieria are about to follow Toure and Adebayor back into action and all 5 comebacks are perfectly timed to boost City’s ambitions. I predict that their combined experience will tell. Johnny On The Spot: Hull 1 CITY 2

Next Fixtures:

H: Bolton Wanderers, Tue 9 Feb 19h45 GMT
H: Stoke City, FAC5 Sat 13 Feb 17h15 GMT
A: Stoke City, Tue 16 Feb 19h45 GMT
H: Liverpool, Sat 21 Feb 15h00 GMT
A: Chelsea, Sat 27Feb 12h45 GMT


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