James Milner looking to end Stoke City hoodoo

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The Manchester City midfielder is hoping his side can end their long run without a win away at Stoke.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner has told the club’s official website it is time to end their winless streak away to Stoke. 

The reigning Premier League champions haven’t beaten Stoke away from home in the league in 16 years, but the England midfielder is keen to change that when the sides face off on Wednesday evening.

“I’m not sure anyone looks forward to going to Stoke for a number of reasons,” said Milner.

“Their style of football has changed more recently, but the atmosphere the home fans create can intimidate some teams and it always seems to be blustery with the wind swirling around when we play there.”

Aside from their winless streak away at the Potters, City are currently on a separate run without a win, with them now having failed to win any of their last five games, including being knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough.

It took a late free-kick from Milner to secure a point against a resilient Hull City side on Saturday in what was a disappointing result for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and that gave Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea a larger lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Despite that Manchester City boast the best away record in the league and Milner believes their form on their travels could be an advantage against Mark Hughes' side, with City looking to ensure Chelsea’s lead at the top doesn’t become insurmountable.

“When we play away from home it suits us better because teams come out and attack us more than they do at the Etihad where most defend in numbers,” added Milner.

“Our form at home and away is a bit of flip around from last season where we started badly on the road but won most of our home games. We need something to get us going and it was disappointing not to follow up a good performance at Chelsea with a good result against Hull.”

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