Date: 20th December 2014 at 4:21pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the players for putting in a Champions performance against Crystal Palace earlier today and he said he never doubted that we’d find the goals we needed.

A brace from David Silva, before Yaya Toure earned himself another cake with a third goal inside the final ten minutes left Pellegrini happy with the day’s work, and he told the Official Site.

‘I was always confident because we played very well in the first half. We had the patience to try and create the space and we didn’t allow them to have the counter attacks. If we could continue creating the space that we did in the first half I was sure we would score. In the end we scored three goals against a difficult team that defended very well.’

It was a different system owing to the fact we were without a recognised striker, but the manager knew we had goals in us from the middle of the park, and exploiting the talent available in how we played and set up was key to our success and Pellegrini was pleased with how the players stuck to the game plan and did their all to get up the pitch to get into useful positions.

With it working well today, the gaffer isn’t expecting to change things for the West Bromwich Albion game and he’s hoping we have similar success.

‘I don’t think they will be fit for Boxing Day. We will see how Stevan Jovetic improves from now until Friday.’

With Silva taking the praise that Aguero so often has this season, the manager obviously had special praise for him, but again was quick to point out we aren’t a one man team.

‘This team always needs Sergio Aguero to play because he is a very important player, but this team isn’t just about him and Silva is the same. They are top class players that make a difference, but if for any reason they cannot play we have a team that works a lot and knows how to do it. We were without Aguero, Dzeko and Kompany, but the other players have their moments and have an important answer in the way David had today.’

With Silva taking the Man of the Match award, the gaffer also conceded that James Milner, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure had good shouts for the award as well and could’ve easily taken it given their own performances and efforts on the day.

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