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Hughes hails 'big effort' from City

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes praised his side after they fought back to seal a place in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

Skipper Kolo Toure scored the decisive goal against Fulham in the 111th minute at Eastlands. Fulham made it hard for them with Zoltan Gera scoring a wonderful opening goal, only for Gareth Barry to pull City level.

Hughes said: "They are very well organised and got plenty of people behind the ball. It was difficult to break them down. We had to be patient."

He added: "We stuck at it and are in the hat for the next round which was the order of the day. We are pleased about that.

"You have got to understand how much effort and how much emotion there was in the derby. The players were a little bit drained but kept going. Obviously coming from behind is difficult.

"The majority of their team had not played at the weekend. They were energetic. In extra time a few of our guys were out on their feet.

"It was a big effort from everyone."

Both City's goals came following corners and Hughes is pleased they have added that dimension to their game.

He said: "We did not look a threat from set plays last year, but now we do.

"We needed to step up and ask a few more questions of Fulham in the second half. We had to be a bit more forceful and we were."

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