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Hughes stands up to critics of Man City defender Bridge

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has hit back at the critics of full back Wayne Bridge who slated the England international on Match of the Day. In particular Alan Hansen held the player responsible for two of Burnley's goals as they held City to a 3-3 draw at Eastlands to pick up their first away point of the season.

"Pundits on Match of the Day or whatever just have an opportunity to nail individuals in the public domain," said the Manchester City boss.

"But we are not going to do. We look to analyse our mistakes and make sure, in future, we are better in similar situations.

"I am sure that their process involves looking at incidents in games, but not taking it as a whole.

"That is the role in life that they have decided to follow and that is the way it has to be. But there is a frustration when they don't go into particularly in-depth analysis.

"I would question how many games they actually watch live, from the start to the conclusion of games."

However, Hughes is convinced the £12million defender will eventually prove what a top class player he is.

"Wayne is an experienced player who has won Premier League titles and been part of teams that have been at the top end. He understands what it is all about," said Hughes.

"At times, individuals will make decisions that affect the team and sometimes you have to hold your hand up. But he will be fine."

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