Sven targets away boost

City boss believes win on travels is just around corner

Rolando Bianchi bundles the ball home to put City ahead at Villa

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Sven Goran Eriksson is seeing signs his Manchester City side's away form could be about to turn round following their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

"I was very happy with the spirit of our team. I have seen an improvement in our form on the road and if we continue like this, sooner or later we will win away."

Sven Goran Eriksson

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In spite of being almost invincible at home, Eriksson's men have not won on their Premier League travels since August.

But the Swede saw enough in his team's battling performance at Villa Park to indicate they could soon see a change in fortune.

"We started the game perhaps the best we have played away," said the former England coach.

"We scored a goal rather early but they scored one early as well.

Improvement

"I was very happy with the spirit of our team. I have seen an improvement in our form on the road and if we continue like this, sooner or later we will win away."

The City boss was also pleased with the fighting spirit displayed by his men.

"I'm satisfied and I'm happy when I see us fight for the ball like that.

"When we lost the ball in the last third, sometimes we lose it a little too easily but somehow the defenders and goalkeeper sorted it out. The alternative is not to attack and we want to attack and take the risk.

"It was a good match. It was frenetic sometimes; if you are a Villa fan, a City fan or a neutral you would enjoy a match like that."

Eriksson was also delighted with the contribution of goalscorer Rolando Bianchi whose poacher's strike gave the visitors an early lead at Villa Park.

The goal was the Italian's third in as many games and he is starting to repay his £8.8million price tag.

"He's getting better and better and settling better," said Eriksson.

"This was a typical Bianchi goal - he's always around the box and inside the box ready for crosses to come in."