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Man City defender Richards hails Lescott influence on win

Manchester City defender Micah Richards was pleased to be alongside Joleon Lescott for victory over Sunderland.

With captain Vincent Kompany out through injury, the 29-year-old played alongside Richards in the back line.

Richards told City TV: "He is a quality defender.

"A lot of people don't understand how good he is - well, people do because he is playing for England - but he really is a top-class centre-back, one of the best in the league.

"I think last season and at the start of this season he has shown that."

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