"I thought we were excellent, and not only in the attacking sense because defensively we were rock solid. We were prepared to stand up to the battle that Stoke will always give you," said City boss Mark Hughes.
"When we got the ball back we broke with real purpose and could have won by an even bigger margin.
"We need to win consistently and if we play like that, then it's possible. We need to be solid defensively, which we were, and the way we play we will always create chances."