Vincent Kompany says recent digs at the club have had no effect on the players other than to strengthen the squad’s resolve.
The 4-1 victory at Fulham was not a show of power to the doubters in the national media – just the team going about their everyday work in an efficient and ruthless manner.
“We don’t play to prove a point, we play to win games for our supporters,” said Kompany.
“What I will say is that we have some very strong characters in this team and when we don’t play well, we’re not happy as a team. The win at Fulham was a reaction to us not being happy with our performance against Birmingham rather than a reaction to the recent criticism in the press.
We are a work in progress and we won at Fulham because we learned from our mistakes we made in the last few games
"We are professionals and we are smart enough to know that we won’t get too much praise, but we are all pulling in the same direction and that’s all that really matters.”
Kompany also admitted there is no rhyme or reason why one week the Blues had double figures for shots at goal against Birmingham but failed to find the back of the net and on Sunday had half that amount - but scored four times.
“Sometimes we’ve had a more attacking team than the one we had at Fulham but haven’t scored a goal, whereas we scored four on Sunday with perhaps less forwards on the pitch – that’s how football is sometimes and it’s hard to explain why,” he said.
“I think when we play well in defence and are strikers are taking their chances you see the real City and what we are capable of – as I said, the key to success is the whole team, performing well every week because when we do, we are a match for anyone.”