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Fernandes: Getting behind United made difference

WHICH WAY: Paolo Fernandes tries to fool United's Demetri Mitchell as City come forward once again

WHICH WAY: Paolo Fernandes tries to fool United's Demetri Mitchell as City come forward once again

Manchester City EDS midfielder Paolo Fernandes has praised the impact of Simon Davies’ half-time team talk after three second half goals saw City to victory over Manchester United.

Fernandes scored City’s third in the 3-1 victory with a low, drilled effort as the young Blues converted their first half dominance to ensure they maintained pressure on Everton at the top of the Premier League 2 table.

Brahim Diaz and Isaac Buckley-Ricketts had already found the target in the second period for City and Fernandes believes the change came from the words of the boss.

He said: “The manager was quite happy because we moved the ball really well after battling well while a man up. Although we couldn’t get through, we knew they were going to get tired and it would be easier to break them down.

“The big difference in the second half was that he told us to make more runs in behind, that’s something we did and it helped us a lot.”

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Having taken the lead early in the second half, City were pegged back by the 10-man hosts shortly afterwards but it wasn’t something that fazed the team, claims Fernandes.

“We knew that after they scored we had to get to back to our best, we stuck together and then when we scored again we were determined to stay ahead,” he said.

The 18-year-old Spaniard has been in exceptional form throughout the Premier League 2 season but he remains humble.

He said: “All I’m trying to do is work hard every single day and if I get goals it’s even better but I’m happy for the win and the three points. I want to keep playing the way we are and all my focus is on the team.”

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Man United v Man City PL2: Key battles

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Manchester City get their 2017 in the Premier League 2 under way with a trip to Manchester United on Monday but where will the match be decided?

Simon Davies’ side sit second in the table behind Everton whereas their opponents in the 7pm kick-off at Leigh Sports Village will begin in eighth.