"He has only had Premier League Player of the Month once in seven years".
Crystal Palace were the unfortunate victims as Manchester City's fabled attack displayed the ruthless streak it has lacked at vital times during the season on Saturday.
"When results like this happen you have to put it behind you and work in the week ahead preparing for the match against Hull City, which is our next massive game".
"In general, over the whole season they'll need help from the more experienced players".
Another good opportunity fell Palace's way towards the end of the first half when a loose ball deflected into the path of the unmarked Van Aanholt inside the City box, but the left-back blazed his effort over the bar.
Those days are long gone - their title hopes were officially ended by last week's draw at Middlesbrough - but this win, which equalled their biggest of the season in all competitions, was a timely return to goalscoring form.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed the impact of captain Vincent Kompany after two injury-ravaged seasons at the club but admits they still need to sign a back-up option for their central defender. But we are not able to score goals. "I can remember just one game when the other team created more chances, that was away to Tottenham", he said.
The Etihad bore witness as the old guard of Vincent Kompany and David Silva took charge of proceedings, while newcomers Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus also made their mark.
"Apart from one game, at White Hart Lane, I can not remember a match were we did not create more chances than the other side", Guardiola claimed.
"We played with a good spirit and in the right moment we scored a goal", he added.
Guardiola's stats are correct - Spurs had 13 shots to City's 12 when they lost at White Hart Lane in October.
"Believe me, if we had arrived in the last 20 minutes against Palace at 1-0, we do not win the game", he explained.
The Belgian has struggled with injuries of late but when fit, he is one of the best there is as proved against Crystal Palace over the weekend. We are the best in the league at doing that, we create more chances than anyone, but we are not always able to score the goals.
City are on course for Champions League qualification but fourth place would only secure a play-off, whereas third would seal a group-stage place.
The Man City skipper's goal for 2-0 was a truly superb strike from a man who has not scored for quite some time.
"Defensively we made too many mistakes and they punished us heavily", Allardyce said.
The lead was finally doubled four minutes into the second half. "I've not really been looking, I've been doing my thing but I know I've hit the bar and the post a lot and one more today".
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