IT was a landmark occasion for David Silva. A special one. But also a very different day. There was the usual Silva service from a man who can pick a hole in defences with pinpoint precision and keep the ball with elegant ease.
Swansea City head coach Paul Clement says defeats for fellow strugglers Hull City and Crystal Palace earlier in the day gave his side a lift ahead of their 1-0 victory over Everton.
Niall Quinn believes Manchester City's 5-0 win over Crystal Palace was a statement of intent in the Premier League top-four battle.
CHRIS WHEELER AT THE ETIHAD: Palace were as poor as City were exhilarating with Allardyce blaming a defensive horror show for contributing to all five of the goals they conceded.
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has rubbished Martin Kelly's claim that his switch to five at the back was behind the team's 5-0 drubbing at Manchester City on Saturday.
Niall Quinn and Chris Coleman reflect on Manchester City's impressive win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
ROB DRAPER AT THE ETIHAD: Timing is everything. City, with two wins in nine, looked to be stumbling in the home straight and about to embarrass their manager by missing out on top four.