Critics fuel Lescott fire
Joleon Lescott is determined to help Man City silence those who continue to undermine their quest for success.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 07/10/10 2:14pm
Joleon Lescott is determined to help Manchester City silence those who continue to undermine their quest for success.
A transfer policy based on exuberant spending has seen the Blues ruffle a few feathers, and their actions have not been met by universal acclaim.
There are those who feel City, bankrolled by a billionaire owner, are going about things the wrong way in their efforts to achieve success.
Lescott, though, knows that no-one at Eastlands is complaining about the club's rapid progress and he claims the ongoing criticism will only serve to make City stronger.
The England international told the club's official website: "We're all dedicated and we're also using as fuel the fact that people from outside the club don't want us to succeed - that's probably natural unless you're a City fan. You won't want us to do well at the expense of your team.
"Everyone was crying out for so long for someone to break into the top four. We're doing it, but somehow it's like 'you're doing it the wrong way'.
"We just have to take it with a pinch of salt and repay the people who showed faith in us."
Meanwhile, Lescott has also taken the opportunity to pile praise on fellow City centre-half Vincent Kompany.
The Belgium international, who joined the Blues as a midfielder, has been successfully converted into an accomplished defender.
Lescott believes Kompany has been this season's stand-out performer and feels City's unsung heroes deserve to be given more credit for the roles they play.
"We've been so tight at the back, and Vincent and Kolo (Toure) are playing exceptionally well," he added.
"Vinny has been the stand-out player so far this season, not just for City but in the whole Premier League. He's been immense in every game, some of his performances have been out of this world.
"Sometimes he doesn't get enough credit for what he's done in a match, he just goes about his job and makes it look so easy.
"Fans and pundits might look towards the goalscorers, but the pros and the people who know look at players like Vince, Nigel de Jong and Gareth Barry for the work they do off the ball that is vital to the team."