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Pellegrini defends away record

December 22, 2013
By ESPN staff

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has defended his side’s away record as the club moved to second in the Premier League with a win on their travels.

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City, champions from season 2011/12, are beginning to build their case as title contenders as they claimed a 4-2 victory over Fulham on Saturday.

But despite the club now within just a point of leaders Liverpool, the win at Crave Cottage is only the third away victory this season.

However, Pellegrini believes too much is being made of the club’s away record in the Premier League, pointing to the cup competitions as proof that his side indeed travels well.

“Maybe you give too much importance to when we don't win away,” Pellegrini said.

“We won away the three games in the Champions League, two games in the Capital One Cup the last three games we won two and drew one.

“Then everybody is continue talking that we can't win away and now everybody is talking because Arsenal scored three goals and Fulham scored two more, but, I repeat, we are improving.

“If you see a statistic we are the third or fourth best defence in the league.”

And despite having to score four goals to finally end Fulham’s resistance, Pellegrini said he was not concerned about his side’s performance.

“I don't think Fulham had many chances to score,” Pellegrini said.

“We had very bad luck with the second goal, they scored one goal on the counter attack.

“It is normal when you are attacking for 90 minutes that sometimes with a counter attack the other team can score one goal.

“But I think before they scored their goal we had three or four clear chances to score.

“If we are scoring and the other team has four, five, six chances every game to score then of course I would be concerned. But that is not the reality.”

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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