Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his side were better than the scoreline suggested after the club hung onto a 3-2 win over West Brom.
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City were quick out of the blocks against their hosts, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure giving the Eastlands club a two-goal advantage before the 30 minute mark.
But despite Toure adding a third from the penalty spot in the second-half, City were left clinging to their lead as West Brom scored two goals in the space of nine minutes late in the match.
But despite the narrow win, Pellegrini was pleased with the victory, especially since the squad had suffered from better performances.
"I think we played really well but in other games we played as well as we played. For some reason we didn't score two goals as we did [in the first half]," Pellegrini said.
"We had also a lot more chances to score. It was, really, 45 minutes without one error.
"I think it was not so close a match as the score says but all of us were maybe thinking of the next game before we finished this one and in football you are never finished.
"They scored two goals in the last four minutes and that is why it's 3-2 but I think that we had more advantage in the whole game."
City will again be on the road to Southampton next round before hosting Premier League leaders Arsenal on December 14.
But despite building some good form heading into the glamour clash against the Gunners, Pellegrini is refusing to believe his side is doing anything but trying to climb the ladder.
"We're not trying to send a message, we're trying to add points," he added. "That is more important.
"All the other teams have important games. For our team it was very important to win away and we will try and do it also on Saturday before we play against Arsenal at home."