Baggies go back to the start

BY foxsports • February 4, 2011

The Baggies acquitted themselves well against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool during the first three months of the season. And Di Matteo is hoping that the team can draw experience from their away win at Arsenal in September in particular. He said: "We've had some good games and good results against the big teams so we're going to be positive. "Even at home against Manchester United we matched them for long periods and we should have got something out of it." Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini publicly stated that he wants to see more commitment from his players after they drew with Birmingham on Wednesday, and Di Matteo believes his team need to be wary of any reaction. "They play at home and obviously they've had a couple of results that they weren't happy with," he said. "They are a good team with a lot of dangerous players and can replace players with quality. "We will try to put some pressure on them. We are improving and getting better. We've got four points from the last three games." Baggies midfielder Chris Brunt believes that his team only need look at the team's previous meeting, which City won 2-0, if they need motivation. "We know we're in for a really tough game," he said. "They played very well against us at The Hawthorns and battered us from start to finish. "They've got a good record at Eastlands so it's going to be a tough game, but it's one we're all looking forward to. They've got some of the biggest names in the world. "It's a game that's going to be tough for us to get something out of, but we've proved that away from home against some of the big teams that we're capable of doing that." However, Brunt concedes the Baggies do have one eye on their next few matches, in which they take on West Ham and Wolves at home, then Stoke and Birmingham away. "There's games you're going to pinpoint more so than others," the Northern Ireland international said. "We're going to Man City looking to try and get a result, but knowing that we've got a couple of big games coming up at home against teams that are down there around us. "Those are ones we're going to have to look to take wins from, never mind draws."


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