Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes there is much more to come from his side after their second successive home win in the English Premier League.
After securing a 4-0 win over Newcastle United in their first match, City stumbled to a 3-2 defeat at Cardiff City, before making hard work of a 2-0 victory against Hull City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
City had been punished for sloppy defending against Cardiff, but it was their forward line that spluttered against Hull as they struggled to break the newly-promoted side down until the second half when substitute Alvaro Negredo headed home.
And Pellegrini acknowledged the last two games have shown him the Premier League is going to be anything but straightforward. "Everyone told me last week, when we lost a game with two set pieces, that now I must know what the Premier league is like," he said.
"I know the Premier League is very difficult every match and you must play 100 percent every week. Hull are a good team but to win 2-0 is a good score and we can't win 4-0 or 5-0 without any problems.
"That's the reality of the Premier League. It's no surprise. I know what the Premier League is. It's important to get the three points," he added. "I never expected all the games would be the same as Newcastle. One day you are very clever in the last 25 metres and we have the quality to do it but I never expected it would always be like against Newcastle."
Negredo meeting expectations
City had to wait until midway through the second half for Negredo to make the breakthrough against Hull, with the Spain striker heading in from Pablo Zabaleta's cross. Pellegrini's side made the game safe when Yaya Toure curled in a free-kick from 20 yards in the final minute.
Negredo's strike was his second since making the £20m move from Sevilla in the summer but he has not started for the club yet. "I expect from Alvaro Negredo exactly what we are seeing every time he plays," Pellegrini said.
"He played some minutes the first time against Newcastle, he scored a legal goal but it was not valid. The second game he played some minutes and also scored a goal and he played 45 minutes and scored one goal more.
"With Alvaro and Edin (Dzeko) we have two very good strikers and we need both of them. During August we played just three matches, the weekends only. When we return after the international break, we have to play eight matches every month so everyone that has a good possibility will have a chance to start. It's important because we are going to rotate a lot."