Surprisingly, Manchester City manager Mark Hughes handed Robinho the captain's armband in Richard Dunne's absence for the Hull City clash but said the Brazilian's performance vindicated his decision.

"I thought Robinho responded well, but I had seen good signs against Spurs," said Hughes on the club's official website.

"Today he was always available, great on the ball and I think he led from the front.

"He enjoyed it, enjoyed meeting the referee beforehand and it was something I think he deserved.

"He's a great player, but what I don't think he gets credit for is that he is brave and determined, and he wants to win with Manchester City. That was evident in his performance today."