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Hughes' warning for Robinho

City boss wants superstar to up away displays

Robinho: Away day blues

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has told Robinho to improve his form away from Eastlands.

The Brazilian superstar has been among the goals this term, although ten of his 12 Premier League goals have come on home soil.

Robinho was disappointing again in City's 2-0 weekend defeat to Portsmouth just days after starring for Brazil against Italy at Emirates Stadium.

Hughes recently sat down with the former Real Madrid man and had a quiet word in his ear about his form away from home.

The ex-Blackburn boss did not lash out in all directions at the big-money capture as he believes Robinho is still adapting to the English game.

Brief word

"We've had a brief word and we have a chance now that we're away," explained Hughes.

"We're speaking in depth - he hasn't had a great deal of Premier football away from home. That's the key.

"We have to realise that's where we are with him.

"The setbacks we are having now will stand him in good stead."