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Hughes comes to defence of Bridge

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Mark Hughes has launched a passionate defence of Wayne Bridge after his vicious Match of the Day caning by Alan Hansen.

The former Liverpool star and now respected pundit ridiculed Bridge's performance against Burnley on Saturday, blaming the full-back for two of the Clarets goals as they held City to a 3-3 draw at Eastlands to pick up their first away point of the season. At one point Hansen said Bridge was so bad "I almost felt sorry for him".

It left Hughes to question just how much football Hansen actually watches. "Pundits on Match of the Day or whatever just have an opportunity to nail individuals in the public domain," said the Manchester City boss.

"But we are not going to do. We look to analyse our mistakes and make sure, in future, we are better in similar situations.

"I am sure that their process involves looking at incidents in games, but not taking it as a whole.

"That is the role in life that they have decided to follow and that is the way it has to be. But there is a frustration when they don't go into particularly in-depth analysis.

"I would question how many games they actually watch live, from the start to the conclusion of games."

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