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Eriksson demanding Man City bounce back

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson wants his players to shake-off their 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea by beating Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

"We are lucky that we have a match on Wednesday, we are going to talk about it at Carrington and we are going to try to forget this as quickly as possible because it was awful against Chelsea," Eriksson told City's website.

"They would have been in on Sunday anyway. We are normally free after a game, but not when we are playing on Wednesday, we have to warm down then we have Monday and Tuesday to prepare.

"We have to talk, go out on the pitch and train and work much better, I hope this only happens once because it was very bad. We are going to try and do everything we can to beat Bolton now and we will see what this will do mentally to the team."

He also refuted suggestions that City were fortunate to be riding so high in the table prior to the trip to London.

"I don't think we've been lucky before Chelsea, we deserved the position we had. On Saturday we deserved the result we had as well, because if you are not aggressive or work together as a team when you defend, especially playing at Stamford Bridge, then you will suffer.

"Many of the goals came from us losing the ball and two, three passes later, they were alone with Joe Hart. That's not good enough for the Premier League."

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