Last Updated: Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:42
David Platt insists Manchester City can keep winning games despite the imminent absence of Sergio Aguero, Yaya and Kolo Toure.
City's first-team coach spoke out following the reigning Premier League champions' 3-0 New Year's Day win against Stoke at the Etihad Stadium which kept them within seven points of league leaders Manchester United.
Platt acknowledged that the two-week loss of Sergio Aguero to a hamstring injury picked up against the Potters and Ivory Coast trio, inspirational midfielder Yaya Toure, his brother Kolo and back-up forward Abdul Razak's departure to African Nations Cup duty will be a big miss.
However, he feels they have the strength in depth to keep picking up results in the league and see off Championship outfit Watford in this weekend's FA Cup third-round tie.
Platt said: "It is irrelevant whether Yaya disappears or not. The challenge is to keep winning football matches.
"We have a squad of players - we are missing Aguero for the weekend - that we will have to choose 11 from.
"Whichever 11 we put on the park we would expect to go and take the points. We have just got to continue to win football matches.
"We have been producing chances in games over the last month to six weeks.
"We lamented a little bit at Sunderland the chances we produced without scoring enough goals. Fortunately we are getting our ratios up."
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