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'Ten away wins, great achievement'

26 February 2013

Lee Carsley has praised City's brilliant performance at Bournemouth...

Sky Blues interim first team manager Lee Carsley has hailed City's 10th away win of the season as 'a great achievement.'

With the three points at Bournemouth, the Sky Blues have levelled an all-time club record for ten away wins in the league in one season.
Carsley's side went within five points of the play-off positions with goals from Leon Clarke and a late penalty from Carl Baker. 

The interim City boss hopes to see the same resilience shown at the Goldsands Stadium throughout the rest of the season.

Carsley said: "I am delighted for the players as we defended brilliantly and fought hard to make sure we got the win. They struggled to break us down and got better as the game went on.

"The players should take a lot of confidence from the game as Bournemouth have a good record in front of goal this season.

"They have to believe in themselves a bit more, which sometimes is the hardest thing to do. When you come away from home, it isn't really up to us to put a show on.

"To defend something is often easier than going out and attacking. It is up to us to find that right blend of entertaining and sitting back.

"Bournemouth are top of the home form table so this is a really great result."

Leon Clarke scored late on in the first half to put City ahead, despite having a lack of chances throughout the game.

The interim boss continued, praising Clarke's performance: "It was a great performance from him tonight. He has had a lack of chances tonight and he has had to work hard throughout the game.

"It just shows his quality, even without the ball. His goal was brilliantly taken tonight and we are all really happy for him.

"He needs to keep that up until the end of the season and who knows how many goals he scored."

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