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Improved Blues get Craig's approval

Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy opened his goal account for the season against Arsenal at the weekend and then hailed the Blues improved mentality.

There were times in the second half when the Gunners were in the ascendancy when lesser teams may have buckled but the Wales international believes that his teammates this year are made of sterner stuff than when he came into the club from West Ham.

“We are tougher and stronger,” admitted the striker whose energy and commitment has been a big part of the last two wins.

“There is a big difference from when I walked through the door. We had an abundance of quality and could rip teams apart last season but were also capable of not tracking runners and not picking up the points we may be should have done on occasions.

“The quality of player that has come in has improved the mentality there is no doubt about that.”

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Bellamy who has played many of his minutes in midfield and even as an ersatz wing back is relishing every minute of his involvement and drew rich praise from boss Mark Hughes after his herculean contribution at the weekend.

“I really am enjoying it, I feel as if I can do a job all over the pitch,” he enthused. “I am enjoying playing in a team with real ambition.

The striker who now has thirteen starts and a mightily impressive six goals to his name while at City is also full of praise for leading scorer Emmanuel Adebayor.

“He has been a breath of fresh air around the club and on the pitch,” concluded Bellamy. “His attitude is second to none.”

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