De Jong - Blame the players
Nigel de Jong believes Man City fans should focus all their frustrations on the players.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 30/11/09 2:07pm
Nigel de Jong believes Manchester City fans should leave manager Mark Hughes alone and focus their frustrations on the players.
Hughes came in for criticism from some sections of the City support after another Premier League draw, their seventh in succession, at home to Hull City on Saturday.
The Welshman has always insisted that the club's owners are still on side and understand that their investment is a long-term project.
However, with Jose Mourinho recently hinting he may return to England in the near future, the City boss has seen his position called into question.
"We have to sort it out," De Jong told the Manchester Evening News.
"We are frustrated at the way we played, and the way we have played in the last couple of weeks at home.
"We have to dominate teams here, and that didn't happen. We need to pick ourselves up and look forward to the game against Arsenal (in the Carling Cup)."
Lack of confidence
Despite the poor run of results City are still just three points off fourth spot but it is disappointing performances against the likes of Burnley, Fulham and Hull at Eastlands that has most hurt the supporters.
"I would love to give you a reason - if I could give you the reason, we would win all our games," the midfielder added.
"Maybe there is a lack of confidence in some situations. We try to keep confidence high, especially when we play at home.
"We are frustrated but have to continue to build for the future, and these kinds of games are always hard to play.
"There are a few factors, but we have to give more in every line of our game - midfield, defence and attack. It's a team thing and we have to work harder and harder to get where we want to be.
"It was disappointing to play at home again and to concede in the 80th minute. It was also the seventh draw, so we don't get any closer to the top four. Now it is up to us to take it on the chin and come out fighting on Wednesday."