Manuel Pellegrini declared himself delighted with his team’s performance as City secured all three points away to West Brom.
The Blues put on a sizzling attacking display reminiscent of recent performances at the Etihad Stadium to go 3-0 up before conceding two late goals which gave the scoreline a more flattering look for the hosts.
“I think that we played really well in the first half when we scored two goals and we had three or four more clear chances,” said Pellegrini. “In the second half we controlled the game, we were 3-0 up, and maybe all of us including me were thinking about the match on Saturday.
“We could have scored a lot more goals but we continued playing the same way in the second half and it was a pity in the last five minutes we relaxed before the match finished.”
City’s form on the road this season has been mixed, and the Blues were looking to bounce back after going down to Sunderland by a single goal in the last game away from home.
But while results may not have gone City’s way, Pellegrini said he was sure performances would soon be rewarded.
“I said before the match that I was sure if we continued playing the same way we have been, away as well as at home, then we must win,” the boss explained.
“I know we have dropped points away, but I watched all the matches and we deserve more luck. But if we continue to play in the same way then I hope we can add more points when playing away.
“I said before the match that we have to play these two games away and it was important to think this was like a final. It was important to win here and against Southampton before we play Arsenal at home.”
The boss added: “I don’t think the game was as close as the scoreline. We tried to score more goals but we have to play in less than 72 hours so it is important to think about the next game.”