MANCHESTER CITY assistant boss David Platt hailed a job well done after the Premier League champions eased to a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke.
City dominated from the outset at the Etihad Stadium and although they were made to wait until the 43rd minute for Pablo Zabaleta’s opener, the result was rarely in doubt.
Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, from the penalty spot, wrapped up the routine success after the break.
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Platt, the first-team coach, said: ‘‘We’re happy with the result and performance.
‘‘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.’’ With leaders Manchester United winning at Wigan, City remain seven points behind their rivals at the top of the table.
Platt said: ‘‘We have just got to continue to win football matches. We have been producing chances in games over the last month to six weeks.
“We lamented a little bit at Sunderland the chances we produced without scoring enough goals. Fortunately we are getting our ratios up.’’