Brian Kidd believes Manchester City are finally starting to show the qualities needed to last the distance in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.
City put talk of dressing room disharmony aside to produce the perfect team display as Roberto Mancini's multi-million pound squad moved level on points with leaders Arsenal after bottom club West Ham were beaten 3-1 at Upton Park. City - without suspended former Irons striker Carlos Tevez - dominated from kick-off, and it was no surprised when Yaya Toure rifled in the opener on the half-hour.
The home side rallied after the break and had appeals for a penalty turned down for handball against Yaya Toure. However, the Ivory Coast midfielder then surged forward again and his shot hit the post and went in off goalkeeper Robert Green, before substitute Adam Johnson wrapped victory up with nine minutes left.
James Tomkins headed in a late consolation for the Hammers, who face a real battle for survival in 2011.
"I think the work the manager has put in is absolutely fantastic," declared Kidd. "His work ethic is fantastic, his passion and desire is first class.
"It doesn't come overnight, but the work we have put in this season and last is starting to show. I think the club are very lucky to have him as manager. He is a winner. There is no way the boss will let the pressure get to him, he's too meticulous."