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Talking points: Sterling and Silva shine again

PENALTY: Raheem Sterling is brought down by 'keeper Jonas Lossl and referee Craig Pawson points to the spot.

PENALTY: Raheem Sterling is brought down by 'keeper Jonas Lossl and referee Craig Pawson points to the spot.

The form of Raheem Sterling and David Silva, City spirit and free-kick takers feature in our latest Talking Points...

1 Sterling strength

With City so dominant in possession this season – Blues enjoyed just shy of 80 per cent on Sunday – having someone who can break through banks of defence and commit players is vital.

Raheem Sterling has done that brilliantly this season.

He won the penalty and scored the second goal on Sunday, and although there was an element of fortune about the winner, his drive created it.

That’s now 12 goals in all competitions; important goals too.

Let’s not forget that it was Sterling who got City’s current winning run rolling with that 97th minute strike against Bournemouth back in August.

2 Class is permanent

David Silva produced a couple of world class moments to light up drab and wintry conditions at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It’s easy to take Silva for granted because he produces brilliance so nonchalantly.

It has been great seeing all the new blood at the Club this season, but the little Spaniard continues to set the standards.

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3 City spirit

The game was the first time City have come back from a half-time deficit away from home in the Premier League for 22 years.

Pep Guardiola's men have played some wonderful football this season, but this performance shows fight and belief are also in plentiful supply.

With some title rivals dropping points elsewhere at the weekend, it was another small but important step in the chase for the Premier League.

4 Kompany key

The skipper has come back from a lengthy lay off impressively.

He produced 94 per cent pass accuracy, 10 ball recoveries and won three tackles as City carved out yet another win.

With John Stones out until around the New Year with his hamstring injury, Kompany will be vital to City’s continued push at the Premier League summit.

5 Sane choice

Leroy Sane has been in scintillating form this season and if you combine goals and assists in all competitions, he is the squad leader with 15 (seven assists, eight goals).

He is also making a strong claim to be the go-to man for direct free-kicks after his second-half shot cannoned off the bar against the Terriers.

For the past few seasons Aleks Kolarov has been the man for dead balls from right-sided positions but in his absence, Sane is staking a strong claim.

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PENALTY: Raheem Sterling is brought down by 'keeper Jonas Lossl and referee Craig Pawson points to the spot.

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