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Man City boss Hughes delighted with SWP, Elano performances

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes was delighted to see Shaun Wright-Phillips again on the mark against UEFA Cup opponents AC Omonio last night.

The 26-year-old winger rediscovered his scoring touch as City defeated AC Omonia 2-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.

Wright-Phillips got the crucial second against the Cypriots in the 55th minute after skipping past two defenders.

It was his fourth goal in his second spell at City after his £9million return from Chelsea in August and came on the back of Elano's opener seven minutes earlier.

Hughes said: "Shaun was a little bit frustrated at playing the wrong ball at the wrong time.

"But he kept going. He gives us great energy and great pace down the right-hand side. His goal was just reward for his efforts."

Elano's goal was also one to savour after City has struggled to build on their 2-1 advantage from the first leg of this first-round tie.

Latching on to a crossfield pass from fellow Brazil team-mate Robinho, he lashed a shot into the corner to ease the home fans' nerves.

Hughes is pleased at the way the partnership is developing.

"Elano is coming into a bit of form," said the City boss. "He is playing on the left alongside Robinho and they are working well together.

"They already have a good understanding of each other and that can only benefit us in the games to come."

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