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Posted on 7 December 2007  - 12:00

Paul Stalteri feels Sven Goran Eriksson has proved himself again to the English public with the work he's done so far at Manchester City.

Paul Stalteri feels Sven Goran Eriksson has proved himself again to the English public with the work he's done so far at Manchester City.City arrive at the Lane on Sunday sitting pretty in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League thanks in main to their form at Eastlands – eight wins out eight including the scalp of city rivals United.

It’s been an impressive start to Eriksson’s tenure at City as he gets the best out of a new-look squad assembled in the summer.

“It just shows to England that Eriksson knows a thing or two about football,” said Canadian international skipper Paul. “When he was national coach, I don’t think England struggled to qualify for anything and in the tournaments, it’s out of his hands when it goes to penalties.

“It shows he has the experience, he knows what he wants and he’s got his team playing really well.”

The flaw in City’s season has been away from Eastlands – they haven’t won on their travels since the opening day of the campaign at West Ham – and Paul, a substitute in the UEFA Cup draw at Anderlecht on Thursday, sees this as a chance to get points on the board at the Lane.

“It’s another tough match and the two down the road after that after also tough, so we’ll have to try and win it,” he added.

“We were unfortunate against Birmingham last weekend. Even at 1-0 down I thought if we got back into it we’d go on and win three or four-one.

“As it turned out, their second goal was the key for them, that got their belief back and it’s another one of those situations where someone hits a screamer into the top corner - you can’t do much about that but perhaps we have to look at doing better on the first two.”

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