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.”