Fernandinho delighted to mark Manchester City return with win at Stoke City

Doubling up David Silva fires home his second against Stoke

Doubling up David Silva fires home his second against Stoke

Last night's efficient victory over Stoke, with David Silva stepping out of Kevin De Bruyne's shadow to score both goals, means City need just two more wins to wrap the Premier League title.

Silva slotted in Raheem Sterling's cross to give Manchester City an early lead over Stoke before finishing off a slick passing move after the break.

Stoke, second-bottom in the table, showed lots of endeavour but City were always in charge and Silva doubled the advantage five minutes after the break, putting a high bouncing ball past advancing keeper Jack Butland after a swift exchange with Jesus.

With the chance to be crowned champions with a win over Manchester United, Fernandinho was also asked about that feeling, but claims to be more focused on beating Everton at the Goodison Park first.

"Sometimes you have to hold your hands up - that's why they're going to win the league and are in the race to win the Champions League".

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That is a tantalising prospect for City supporters but captain Kompany believes completing the job in such fashion could prove the toughest task of the season.

City were without top scorer Sergio Aguero but that mattered little as they barely needed to get out of second gear against the relegation-threatened Potters.

Silva's brace against Stoke was his seventh and eighth goals in the Premier League this season.

With games against Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool ahead, their run-in is tricky but they are still just one point behind 17th-placed Southampton and manager Paul Lambert remains optimistic.

A man who knows a thing or two about lifting titles and hating United, Vincent Kompany has described the opportunity to win it in the Manchester derby as a "once in a lifetime opportunity" and it would certainly confirm the power-shift that has swung from red to blue in the City.

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"We're still well in the mix, there are plenty of points to be played for and we'll be ready to go again on Saturday against Everton", he said.

"I think the way they play the game is terrific, the passing, the movement, you don't really see it until you get close to it, it's a very hard game to stop".

"Now we have three weeks off, we go to Abu Dhabi and will come back strong".

"Manchester City, the facilities, unbelievable experience", Benni McCarthy said after returning from Europe where he watched the Premier League giants in action in the Champions League.

The Belgium defender, 31, said: "I'm really pleased with the game management and that's something you've seen this season".

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Makol Mawien led the Wildcats with a total of 16 points and helped contain the Horned Frogs under 70 points for the entire game. Theo Pinson, who dropped the ball out of bounds with 11 seconds left, made two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to seal it.

Jese, who joined Stoke on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain in August, started in Monday's 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City.

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