Lescott hungry for more trophies

Twelve months ago Lescott was struggling to get a game with the

Blues, having been unable to split Vincent Kompany’s central

defensive partnership with Kolo Toure. Little did Lescott know he

was to become the chief beneficiary of Toure’s failed drugs test,

providing an opportunity the former Everton man snatched with both

hands. Now Toure is the man picking up scraps. Lescott was part of

the City side that won the FA Cup final against Stoke in May and

made his 15th Premier League appearance of the season in Tuesday

night’s 3-0 win against the same opposition. In addition, Lescott

partnered Phil Jagielka during England’s memorable triumph over

world champions Spain at Wembley in November. However, with a

Premier League title within reach and a place in Fabio Capello’s

Euro 2012 squad up for grabs, Lescott is not ready to rest on his

laurels. “It’s been a great year for me,” he said. “This time last

year I wasn’t in the team, so as a calendar year it’s been

fantastic. But this season still has a way to go. “If I can play

the same number of games next year I will be grateful. But I also

want more medals. That is what you look at, at the end of your

career. “Winning the FA Cup last year was superb, but we are still

in four competitions this year so will be pushing for more

silverware.” Lescott is one of the City players who pre-dates

Roberto Mancini’s arrival, having being signed for £22million

from Everton by Mark Hughes. That is only marginally less than the

Blues spent on David Silva, but Lescott cannot be blamed for the

price tag. His problem was convincing Mancini he was worth a place

in the team to start with. “When he first came, I was injured,” the

Birmingham-born defender said. “He came here in mid-season after

the regime of Mark Hughes and didn’t change a lot. “But when we

came back for pre-season the next summer he could put his own stamp

on things, and that is what he did. He changed us as a whole.” It

seems ludicrous now, but Mancini was initially condemned for being

too negative. “Last season we got a lot of uncalled-for negative

publicity because the goals weren’t flowing freely,” Lescott added.

“But this year we have the belief and the confidence to score more

goals. “We did need to change and there is an air of confidence

about us now. But it is controlled, you don’t want it to be too

arrogant. “The main thing is to keep progressing and keep our feet

on the ground.” City have bounced back well from their first defeat

of the season at Chelsea, which followed the shattering blow of a

Champions League exit far earlier than had been imagined. However,

home form has not been a problem for 12 months, a period during

which they have dropped only two points. Mancini does want

performances away from the Etihad Stadium to be stabilised though,

starting at West Brom on Boxing Day. “The Chelsea defeat was never

going to damage our confidence,” Lescott said. “It hurt us a bit,

being our first loss, but it also woke us up a bit. “We had a

similar kind of performance in the Community Shield against

Manchester United, and that woke us up. Now, hopefully, the defeat

at Chelsea will do the same.”