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Thursday February 12, 2009My Week So Far... 11

By Micah Richards | In My Week

It’s been an up and down week for a number of reasons, but City are starting to find consistency in the league which bodes well for the remainder of the Premier League season.

I enjoyed the game against Middlesbrough at the weekend. We got the three points and kept a clean sheet so it was really pleasing, though I’m still looking to improve my individual game. I’ve been playing right-back in the last few weeks which I enjoy, though I played in central defence for England U21s against Ecuador and I enjoy both equally because they offer different challenges. Playing right-back lets me get forward more and is perhaps my slight preference – it was in that position that I played most of my games for the senior England – but I will play wherever the gaffer wants me.

Portsmouth - Fratton Park

Portsmouth Fratton Park

I came off at half-time for England U21s midweek as I had a slight pain in my hamstring so the manager and physio felt it would be better for me to rest it rather than risk making it any worse. However, I’ll hopefully be fit for the game on Saturday at Portsmouth, a fixture I’m really looking forward to. It’s never been easy going to Fratton Park so this week will certainly be a tough test to say the least.

Off the field, a lot has been said about me in the papers recently, the majority of it negative, but I’m trying to take it on the chin. With criticism, you have to take the rough with the smooth because there are always ups and downs. Even though I do feel much of it has been harsh, and equally some of it has been inaccurate, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

As a team we’re starting to move up the Premier League table and find a little more consistency. We’ve moved clear enough of the relegation zone for the time being, sitting eight points from the bottom three with a game in hand over most teams below us, and we’ll hopefully be looking up towards a European qualification spot rather then worrying about survival.

Micah and Robinho in training

Micah and Robinho in training

We half expected the inconsistency as, when you make so many changes and bring in a few new faces, it takes time for everyone to settle in and gel as a team. Last weekend, there were eight different players starting in the game against Boro to the team that we had last season, but we have won three of our last four and to me it feels like we’re more of a team than we have ever been over the course of the season.

Finally, I got some video clips this week from training and matches which have been made into a compilation of the best bits, and I hope to put it up on here later this week. Despite suggestions otherwise, I am normally modest, but look out for a goal I scored in training which has been voted by the lads as the best goal in training anyone has ever seen. Their words not mine! I’d say I’m due a goal in truth so maybe over the next couple of games I can get on the scoresheet. I feel every game I play I’m getting closer and closer, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time, though I won’t be neglecting my defensive duties.