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De Jong: Home form crucial to Man City success

Nigel De Jong is confident that home comforts can help Manchester City shake off their frustrating run as the Blues are set play at Eastlands three times within a week, reports the Manchester Evening News. The Carling Cup quarter-final clash with Arsenal is sandwiched between Premier League games against Hull and Chelsea.

"There's a lot of hard games coming up, but I think Liverpool was a good one for us," the Holland international told mcfc.co.uk.

"The final result was not what we hoped for a time but we did well, and we have a good chance for a win at home this weekend.

"Six draws in a row is not what we want, but being at home should count for us. We want a couple of wins now even though we know Chelsea will be a difficult one, and we have the Carling Cup game inbetween.

"But the confidence is there because we are playing three times at home, which will give us a real boost.

"We know we can play against the best sides and that we can raise our game. We have showed that against Liverpool, we beat Arsenal and it was only a narrow defeat to United.

"But we won't underestimate Hull this weekend.

"I'm really looking forward to having all these games coming up," said the former Hamburg star.

"The other guys know what it's like already, but the more games you have the more you get used to it and you know what to expect. You can build up a momentum and we have the exactly the kind of squad to cope with it."

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