Lescott wants more medals
Joleon Lescott admits 2011 has been a productive year for him on a personal level, but hopes 2012 will see him get his hands on more silverware.
Last Updated: 23/12/11 9:28am
Joleon Lescott admits 2011 has been a productive year for him on a personal level, but hopes 2012 will see him get his hands on more major silverware.
The Manchester City defender has enjoyed a fine 12 months - forcing himself into Roberto Mancini's first team plans and helping the Blues to FA Cup glory.
This term he has seen City to the top of the Premier League table and played his part in England's memorable triumph over reigning world and European champions Spain in November.
Lescott admits things could not have gone much better for him, but he is determined to ensure that the next 12 months are even more memorable.
He said: "It's been a great year for me.
"This time last year I wasn't in the team, so as a calendar year it's been fantastic. But this season still has a way to go.
"If I can play the same number of games next year I will be grateful. But I also want more medals. That is what you look at, at the end of your career.
"Winning the FA Cup last year was superb, but we are still in four competitions this year so will be pushing for more silverware."
Lescott has had to work hard for his success, with Mancini having initially overlooked him upon inheriting the City reins in December 2009.
"When he first came I was injured," added the centre-half.
"He came here in mid-season after the regime of Mark Hughes and didn't change a lot.
"But when we came back for pre-season the next summer he could put his own stamp on things, and that is what he did. He changed us as a whole."
Mancini's masterplan has City challenging for multiple honours this season and Lescott accepts that there will inevitably be hurdles for the Blues to overcome - such as their recent defeat to fellow title challengers Chelsea.
"The Chelsea defeat was never going to damage our confidence," said Lescott.
"It hurt us a bit, being our first loss, but it also woke us up a bit.
"We had a similar kind of performance in the Community Shield against Manchester United, and that woke us up. Now, hopefully, the defeat at Chelsea will do the same."