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The Citizens' gaffer gave his latest signing a run out during the club's cup victory last night...

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes handed his £22 million acquisition Joleon Lescott a debut against Crystal Palace in the League Cup, a game which the Eastlands club won 2-0.

"He [Lescott] did fine," Hughes is quoted in ESPNsoccernet as saying.

"He only had 24 hours and one training session with us. But we got clearance for him to play and it was important to get him in the team as soon as possible."

The Eagles' manager, Neil Warnock - who almost signed the new Citizen during his time with Sheffield United - was happy that his charges put up a decent fight.

"I thought we played as well as could be expected and I'm pleased to have given them [Man City] a game," he remarked.

"It was a great tribute to us the team Mark put out and I'm very proud of the way we played. It was great for the fans."

Warnock finally commented on the debut of Lescott, claiming that the game against his players should have given the 27-year-old some good experience playing with his new club.

"It wasn't a great start for Lescott, Crystal Palace away on a Thursday night, but it will stand him in good stead," said Warnock.

"He won't come under any more pressure in the Premier League."

Adithya Ananth, Goal.com

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