Milner ignores the critics

Criticism falls on deaf ears, says England midfielder

James Milner believes Manchester City are getting better with every game and will continue to improve despite distractions off the field

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James Milner insists there is more to come from a Manchester City side that are still gunning for a clean sweep of trophies this season.

Despite their heroics on the field the table-topping club keep attracting headlines for the wrong reasons, such as the prolonged Carlos Tevez affair and the off-field antics of Mario Balotelli.

But Milner believes that the team continue to stay focused on the job in hand under boss Roberto Mancini and will not let the distractions throw them off their stride.

"As a team, we just keep moving forward," he said. "There always seems to be things going on off the field at Manchester City and people wanting to knock you down with distractions.

"All we can do is concentrate on what we're there to do and that's play football and work hard in training."

At the weekend the one-time Newcastle man lines up against his former side, who along with City are the only other team yet to lose a Premier League game this season.

And although Milner spent four year at the club he does not think that facing his old side gives the game an added edge.

He added. "You are always trying to win the game and giving 100 per cent anyway, no matter who it is against.

"I had a great time up in Newcastle. It's a great place to play football and their fans will come down and make a great atmosphere.

"They have started the season very well. I don't think many people expected it because there have been a lot of changes up there.

"But, all credit to them, they're playing really well. They seem to have a really good team spirit and are getting good results as well.

"Hopefully we can get everybody back fit from internationals and pick up where we left off."