Manchester City grabbed an important 3-0 victory over Stoke City on Wednesday night to ensure the seven-point gap between them and Manchester United remained the same. The “versatile” attack of Manchester City performed superbly against the hardened defense of Stoke City with Pablo Zabaleta, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero finding themselves on the score-sheet.
The “versatile” but inconsistent attack of Manchester City received praise from assistant manager David Platt for a job well done. David Platt hailed his sides fighting spirit, while suggesting Manchester City would topple their archrivals Manchester United once again.
“We're happy with the result and performance,” David Platt said. “I think the goal just before half-time was more than deserved, but it doesn't make the second half any easier - you've still got to go out and play, but it just settles you down a bit without the clock running against you.
“They have shown all season it is hard to score goals against them.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United grabbed a 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic through braces from Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez. The victory ensured Manchester United’s seven-point lead on top of the Premier League table.
David Platt admitted Manchester City had fallen behind in the title race because of inconsistent performances, nonetheless, the Premier League champions were capable of recording a huge comeback.
“We have just got to continue to win football matches. We have been producing chances in games over the last month to six weeks,” Robin van Persie said. “We lamented a little bit at Sunderland the chances we produced without scoring enough goals. Fortunately we are getting our ratios up.”
Manchester City will have to bear the loss of midfielder Yaya Toure for the next couple of matches as he heads for the African Nations Cup along with his brother Kolo Toure to play for Ivory Coast. Manchester City striker Abdul Razak has also been left the squad for international duty.
Manchester City lost crucial points last time Yaya Toure left to play for his country. David Platt admits Yaya Toure’s absence was felt the last time the midfielder went away, however, this time Manchester City have a more balanced squad.
“It is irrelevant whether Yaya disappears or not. The challenge is to keep winning football matches. We have a squad of players that we will have to choose 11 from,” David Platt said. “Whichever 11 we put on the park we would expect to go and take the points.”