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Sunday October 26, 2008Micah's say... Manchester City v Stoke City

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Manchester City cruised up to eighth-place in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stoke City at the City of Manchester Stadium, and Micah gave his thoughts on a solid performance by the Eastlanders exclusively to MicahRichards.com.

The result never looked in doubt as Robinho threatened to break the deadlock early on, and while the Brazilian will steal all the headlines for his sensational hat-trick, the defence played as much of a role in the three points as they nullified the threat posed by Stoke’s attack.

In truth, the winning margin could have been much greater but for some last-ditch defending by the visitors, but Micah was delighted with the eventual outcome.

“I felt the victory was well deserved as we controlled the game from start to finish,” Micah said.
I believe we could have scored more goals and won the game by maybe four, five or even six, but we still won in style and played some football that was very pleasing on the eye.”

Stoke had their moments up front, with Ricardo Fuller and then Ryan Shawcross forcing fine saves from City goalkeeper Joe Hart, but Micah was satisfied with the defensive effort overall.

“We defended very well throughout the game, and we knew Stoke would pose a massive threats to us they are a physical side and are good from set pieces, he continued.
On a personal level, I knew I had to be on top of my game and I was pleased with my efforts as stopping your opponents scoring is the most vital aspect of playing in defence.”

Micah has had a few opportunities to score in recent fixtures, including one in the encounter with Newcastle United in City’s last league run-out, and he had a guilt-edged chance to add his name to the scoresheet against Tony Pulis’ men. What were his thoughts on the shot which rifled over the crossbar?

“I’m still shocked I didn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” he explained. “Last week I had a good chance and I had an even better chance this week, and as I hit the ball I thought it was going in, so it was disappointing not to get on the score-sheet.”

Despite an indifferent start to the campaign, Mark Hughes’ men sit just six points below fourth-placed Arsenal, and the 20-year old is confident that the side are beginning to find their form.

“We’re up to seventh and we’ve not honestly found our consistency yet,” Micah added.
“I hope now we can string together some good results and we can continue our climb up the table.”