Manchester City got back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium today.
Manuel Pellegrini's side put consecutive defeats to Wigan Athletic and Barcelona behind them to record a gutsy victory over Steve Bruce's men, as an early red card for Vincent Kompany threw their chances of three points into doubt.
But their 10 men fought superbly and a superb goal from David Silva and a late Edin Dzeko striker gave City the win, which puts City back up into second place, piling the pressure back on Chelsea at the top of the table.
With a man down, City had to rely on solid defending to keep Hull at bay but also a creative spark when they got forward, and Silva provided that in spades today - even aside from his wonderful left footed strike to give City the lead in the first half.
The Spaniard was influential throughout, and City fans on Twitter were evidently delighted with the display from the former Valencia man, with some even comparing him to Lionel Messi.
Golden performance from David silva what a man #mcfc— Jude johnson (@Jrjohnson119) March 15, 2014
Silva was on a different level today,like the Messi kinda level.. #mcfc— CapitalOneChampion (@Kofi_Forson) March 15, 2014
Was that Messi or Silva wearing 21? #mcfc— John Buckley (@John_Buckley94) March 15, 2014
How good is David Silva? To which the answer is very, very good... #MCFC— Jonathan Poole (@jontyp) March 15, 2014
Never Seen A Player As Good With The Ball At His Feet Than David Silva, Stuck To Him Like Glue, World Class Top Player. #MCFC— Paul Land (@PaulLand1) March 15, 2014
Out of many, many wonderful performances was that David Silva's greatest ever game for City? #mcfc— Paul Erridge (@perridge92) March 15, 2014
Top professional performance that, Silva was exceptional #mcfc— 100% MCFC (@Live_for_City) March 15, 2014
I must say, that was a masterclass in football from David Silva #mcfc— Stefan Franczuk (@stefanfranczuk) March 15, 2014
David Silva, you are the finest player to ever out on a City shirt in my lifetime. That is a performance that I'll remember forever #mcfc— Tom Marshall (@marshall1992) March 15, 2014
The greatest individual performance I've witnessed live. David Silva. #MCFC— Ryan Lord (@ryanlord_mcfc) March 15, 2014