Hughes praise for Wright-Phillips

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes Shaun Wright-Phillips gave a further indication of potential England form as the club advanced to the group stages of the UEFA Cup.

The 26-year-old winger rediscovered his scoring touch as City defeated AC Omonia 2-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate after he got the crucial second against in the 55th minute.

Hughes said: "Shaun was a little bit frustrated at playing the wrong ball at the wrong time. But he kept going. He gives us great energy and great pace down the right-hand side. His goal was just reward for his efforts."

Elano's goal was also one to savour after City has struggled to build on their 2-1 advantage from the first leg of this first round tie.

Latching on to a crossfield pass from fellow Brazil team-mate Robinho, he lashed a shot into the corner to ease the home fans' nerves. Hughes is pleased at the way the partnership is developing.

"Elano is coming into a bit of form," said the City boss. "He is playing on the left alongside Robinho and they are working well together.

"They already have a good understanding of each other and that can only benefit us in the games to come."

Omonia, however, refused to give up and pulled a goal back through substitute Rasheed Alabi with 12 minutes left but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

Hughes added: "We did not show enough patience in the first half. We were trying to force the issue. But we improved as the game went on.

"Omonia got a bit of encouragement when they scored but we saw the game out quite comfortably. We are a young team and this is a learning process for us."

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