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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

City looking to bounce back


Thompson looking for a response

Aleksandr Kokorin could be handed his first start for Man City

Manchester City make a welcome return to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow hoping that home comforts will be the tonic as they look to bounce back from their shock defeat to Barnsley at the weekend. The defeat against Thompson's former employers was the first of the season and the first of Thompson's City reign and with nothing but a title win good enough City know that they can ill afford too many slip ups this season.
One of the major talking points among City supporters after the game was the lack of cutting edge shown from their side and that has sparked calls for highly rated Russian striker Aleksansr Kokorin to be given his first start in a sky blue shirt.

City's record in their two games at the Etihad is certainly impressive with an opening day 4-0 win over Gillingham followed up with a 4-1 thumping of Scunthorpe and all connected with the club will certainly hoping for more of the same as struggling Rochdale arrive for a local derby. 

Manchester City team news:

Steve Thompson can once again call upon a fully fir squad to choose from for the visit of Rochdale but that doesn't mean he will stick with the same side. Aleksandr Kokorin could be handed his first start as City look to return to winning ways and impress their fans. Highly rated Spaniard Iker Munian is pushing for his first start after impressing from the bench. New signing Federico Fernandez could make the bench after moving to City from Shrewsbury Town last week.

Steve Thompson's word ahead of the game......

"I am looking for a response from my boys after our defeat at the weekend. It was a poor performance and a poor result and we need to put it behind us which we can do with a a good performance and result tomorrow. Training has been pleasing since the game, the boys have been working hard and they are certainly up for the game.
We have had all the players training ahead of the game which is certainly positive you don't want to be picking injuries up early in the season and having everyone fit certainly makes picking a team difficult as we have so much talent within the squad.

Tomorrows game will not be easy as some seem to suggest. It's a local derby so Rochdale will certainly bring a few fans here and with them desperate for a win they will throw everything at us. They have nothing to lose they are not expected to win this game so they can play without that pressure, we have to make sure we stick to our game plan and take our chances when they come our way"


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