Bellamy pledges allegiance to City

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Craig Bellamy pledged his long-term future to Manchester City as the Roberto Mancini era gathered momentum with a second win in three days since replacing Mark Hughes.

Bellamy played a leading role in City's 3-0 win over Wolves at Molineux which moved them level on points with fifth-placed Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League.

Bellamy said: "Nothing surprises you in this game. That is what makes it so great. Obviously, on a personal level, I've a great affection for Mark Hughes. But it is the nature of the business. You've got to carry on if you want to be part of Manchester City."

He added: "You have to raise your performance because we are a club that is definitely going to go places and, with us as a group of players or with the management staff, it is going to happen so I want to be a part of it as long as I can.

"We did plan, when we looked at the fixtures over the Christmas period with the previous manager, about taking a possible nine points.

"It is a crucial part of the season for any team, if you are looking to push into Europe or the Champions League or even relegation.

"It is a crunch period for everyone because with two games in three days, any result can happen, but we acquitted ourselves very well and the nine points from three games puts us in a good position for the remainder of the season.

"We didn't start off particularly well. Wolves started off very well and put us under a lot of pressure but we gradually got into it and I thought on the break we were dangerous and that proved to be a key for us.

"Hard work was the key and in the Premier League you have to work hard otherwise it is very difficult to get results. Maybe we were flattered by the scoreline but, on chances created, we had enough to make it 3-0."

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