Hughes warns Robinho to improve on the road

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has told Brazilian star signing Robinho he must improve his away form in the Premier League.

The former Real Madrid magician has dazzled in England since making his big-money move from the Spanish capital in August.

However, he has so far saved his best performances for City's home games at Eastlands, rather than on the road where the Blues have continually struggled, winning just one of 12 away encounters.

To date, 10 of Robinho's 12 top-flight goals have been scored on home soil, with the diminutive playmaker failing to spark again during City's last away outing, a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth which came four days after he had scored a mesmerising goal for his country against Italy at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

And Hughes has revealed that he has recently taken his star to one side and discussed his contrasting performances. "We've had a brief word and we have a chance now that we're away," he said. "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."

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