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Micah and FC Twente's Eljero Elia battle for the ball

Micah and FC Twente's Eljero Elia battle for the ball

Friday November 7, 2008Micah's Say... Manchester City v FC Twente

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Manchester City secured a 3-2 Uefa Cup victory over FC Twente at the City of Manchester stadium in an entertaining encounter, and Micah shared his thoughts on the game exclusively with MicahRichards.com.

Shaun Wright-Phillips set City on their way with a goal within two minutes, though Eljero Elia’s burst from midfield and subsequent finish drew the Dutch outfit level.

Brazil international Robinho edged the hosts back in front with a stunning second, before the returning Benjani Mwaruwari appeared to seal a comfortable victory for Mark Hughes’ men.

As it was, Robinho was twice denied by the woodwork as City threatened to walk away with the game, before Rob Wielaert headed home a corner to increases the home fans’ nerves.

And while Micah acknowledged that the Eastlanders still have areas to improve on, the 20-year old felt that winning the game was the most important outcome.

“Overall I’m happy with the win,” Micah said. “Maybe it was not the perfect win, but when you’re playing at home in the Uefa cup, three points is a must.

“There are no easy games in this competition so I’m very pleased with the victory.

“In fairness to them they played good football and did well to score two, but on a different day Robinho might have scored a hat-trick.

“He was incredibly unlucky hitting the post on two occasions.”

City have made a habit of building up leads and then letting their opponents back into the game in recent weeks, such as the encounter with Liverpool, but Micah believes his side were in control even when the Eredivisie side netted a second.

“They scored from a corner against the run of play. It was a good header but we were all disappointed with that goal,” he added.

Hughes opted to move Micah back into central defence having utilised the talents of the powerful defender as a stand-in left-back in City’s previous two fixtures, and the England international was content with his own display.

“I was happy with my performance though I would have been a lot happier if we had kept a clean sheet, but winning is the main thing,” he continued.

Having previously stated his belief that Hughes’ men could reach the latter stages of the competition, did the performance against Steve McClaren’s side affect his belief?

“You never know – I think it is possible,” he concluded. “We know it’s not going to be easy but if we carry on picking up good results like today we are certainly in with a shout.”