Barry: City must beat lesser teams

City boast an impressive record against the teams at the peak of
the Premier League this season – only losing one of their six
clashes with the so-called big four. Most recently, Roberto
Mancini’s men were boosted by a 4-2 win at Chelsea, which completed
a league double over the West London side. However, Barry admits
that it’s the team’s habit of dropping points against opposition at
the other end of the table that needs to be stamped out. “If you
assess our performances against the top four we would be up there
in a mini league table but any team that finishes in the top four
has to perform against the teams in the bottom half as well,” Barry
told the Manchester Evening News. The fifth-placed side have the
chance to improve their record on Sunday when they travel to face a
Sunderland outfit just six points above the drop zone. The Black
Cats returned to winning ways with a 4-0 victory over Bolton in
midweek but it was only a second win in 19 league games for Steve
Bruce’s side. Barry, though, knows that these games have proved to
be a stumbling block for City in the past, and the England
international is keen to prevent that being the story of their
season. “Three points are massive in the Premier League and we need
to keep collecting them,” said Barry. “I’m not sure why we haven’t
done it against lesser teams. “Earlier in the season, we had a
slump where we failed to win four or five games in a row which we
should have won. “Hopefully, we can put that right before the end
of the season, which is the vital part.”