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Hughes bemoans away form

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Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has admitted a lack of self-belief is starting to hamper the Blues' search for a Premier League away win.

City have won on their travels just once this season, back in August when they defeated Sunderland, while Saturday brought another defeat, at Arsenal, and they now have just three more opportunities to end their barren run this term, including the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on May 9.

"The longer this run goes maybe the self-belief aspect comes into it," said Hughes. "Away from home you have to stick your chest out and say to the opposition 'come on what have you got'."

He added: "We have confidence at Eastlands. There we are a fantastic team to watch and we score goals."

City have been able to win matches away from home in the UEFA Cup, although not since the group stage last year when they overcame Schalke.

Hughes is back in Germany for this week's quarter-final against Hamburg, when he hopes to have Stephen Ireland available.

The midfield playmaker missed out at the Emirates with a recurrence of an ankle injury he first suffered in Aalborg when City scraped their way into the last eight.

"He went over on it again during virtually the last kick of a training match we had last Thursday," said Hughes.

"It was the outside rather than the inside but obviously it's irritated the old injury.

"He has a chance for Thursday but no more than that."

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