Mark Hughes is pleased Manchester City maintained their push for Europa League action next season with a 3-1 home win over Blackburn Rovers.
City remain just a point adrift of seventh-placed West Ham thanks to first half goals from Felipe Caicedo, Robinho and Elano.
Keith Andrews pulled one back for Blackburn in the second half, but in truth the Ewood Park outfit never looked like getting anything from the contest.
Hughes was naturally pleased with City's first-half display which saw them garner a three-goal lead, and he was loath to criticise his players too much for dropping their intensity after the interval.
"Initially, in the first 20 minutes or so, Blackburn put us on the back foot somewhat with balls into our box and getting people in and around the second ball. We took our time in fairness to get a foot-hold in the game," stated Hughes.
"As soon as we were able to get the ball down and play and get our good players involved in wide areas and further up the field, then we were always going to create chances and that's what happened. We scored the goals at good times. We were delighted with that at half-time.
"Obviously in the second half it was understandable to a certain extent maybe the tempo and the intensity of the play dropped somewhat and we didn't go on from that three-nil lead. I'm delighted with the three points.
"We've won back-to-back games in the Premier League, which is really important and we're very much in the mix for the seventh spot."