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.”