Bony admits he needs goals to silence his critics

Rob Conlon
Wilfried Bony: Striker yet to hit his straps at Manchester City

Wilfried Bony admits he needs to start scoring if he is to silence his critics at Manchester City following his poor performance against Norwich.

With Sergio Aguero out injured the onus has fallen upon striker Bony to lead the City attack, but so far he has only mustered three goals in 12 appearances for the club this season.

The Ivory Coast international was particularly criticsised after the 2-1 victory over the Canaries due to a host of missed chances, after which Mannuel Pellegrini warned: “He must demonstrate why he’s here.”

“I’m trying everything to score goals but they did not go in for me on Saturday,” Bony said.

“To get the penalty at the end would have been good for my confidence. I’d like to have taken it, I wanted the ball. I asked if I could be allowed to shoot and they said OK. I think Fernandinho came and said it was someone else [who should take it], so I left it. Kolarov came and he missed it. Luckily it didn’t affect the three points.”

Despite shining at Swansea, the 26-year-old has only scored four times for City, but remains confident he can recapture the form which prompted Pellegrini to part with £26million to acquire his services in January.

And Bony accepts the Champions League clash with Sevilla would be the perfect stage to prove his quality.

“I hope soon the goals will arrive. It would be great to get one in the Champions League,” he added.

“I thought I had a goal in the last game against Sevilla but it looks like maybe not [as it was deflected] so perhaps I can get one in this game instead. I am here to score goals. I just want to do my job, do my best in training and score when I get my chance in the match. A striker is happy when he scores, especially when the team wins.”

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