Mark Hughes Pleased With Manchester City Win

The Citizens gaffer was clearly pleased to end on a high note after an eventful season at Eastlands...

Manchester City defeated Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at Eastlands, with a Felipe Caicedo effort proving the difference between two mid-table sides this afternoon.

Mark Hughes was aware that this has been a mixed campaign for the Mancunians, and targeted an improvement in the club's form on the road next season, as they look to continue to develop into a genuine force in European football.

"It is always better to finish on a high note, everyone was in party mood and we really enjoyed it, it was a game everyone wanted to win," he explained to BBC Sport.

"The home form has been our shinning light but our away form has been poor. We are in the top half but that's why we are not higher.

"That is the area we have to address next season." 

A touch of light-heartedness was added to proceedings today, as Brazilian Glauber Berti made his long-awaited debut for City after being  named as an unused substitute on 20 different occasions. Ironically, it was also a farewell appearance, as the player's contract expires in the summer, despite his recently acquired status as a cult hero amongst the City support.

"He got a really great reception! I've not been able to give him the opportunities that maybe I would have liked, but I thought that today was a chance to do that," Hughes explained.

"It was important to do it not only for the fans but also for the squad, because they were all keen that he got an opportunity to get on the field in a sky blue shirt. I must be going soft in my old age!"

As for the goal, which came from a carefully worked free kick, the Welshman was able to confirm that it was the result of hard work on the training ground.

"That goal was planned on the training pitch," said Hughes.

"Felipe has done OK. He found it difficult initially but people forget how young he is. We've been a bit light on strikers and he's come in and showed an eye for a goal. He's not the finished article but he's got potential and he's made his mark."

Fans' favourite Shaun Wright-Phillips also made a surprise appearance, after he was expected to miss out, and his manager was able to offer some optimistic news for England supporters.

He concluded, "We thought if he could get through the game it would be an indication of whether the knee was able to stand Premier League football. He may get a reaction but if he doesn't then obviously he would be available for England."  

Zack Wilson, Goal.com