x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Stylish City hammer Hull

The Manchester City boss Mark Hughes felt his side had finally shown what they were capable of after destroying Hull.

Robinho, left, hits his second goal past the Hull City goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.
Robinho, left, hits his second goal past the Hull City goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

The Manchester City boss Mark Hughes felt his side had finally shown what they were capable of after destroying Hull. Hughes' men produced a superb attacking performance to leap out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 5-1 win at Eastlands. The Brazilian star Robinho was outstanding and hit two goals after Felipe Caicedo had set up victory with an early double of his own. Craig Fagan netted a late consolation for the outclassed Tigers but Stephen Ireland reasserted the hosts' dominance with their fifth. The victory lifted considerably the pressure on under-fire Hughes, who immediately challenged his players to deliver more consistently. The former Blackburn boss, who faces his old side on Sunday, said: "That is what was needed. "We needed to get our noses in front, that settled us down almost immediately and from that point onwards some of our attacking play was as good as we have produced this year. "Obviously being on the front foot, the quality of our attacking play is there for all to see. "But what we haven't been able to do is produce that on a consistent basis. Now we have to make sure we do that from this point onwards. "We have had occasions in recent weeks where we have disappointed. "We have got quality in the side but collective errors, and individual errors, haven't allowed us to play with the freedom with have today. "The levels that you need to hit to win Premier League games haven't been there in some games but today we hit those levels and when we play well we are an exciting team to watch."

*PA Sport