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Published: 15:21 | 14/12/15

Silva return delights Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted by the performance of David Silva in the 4-1 Capital One Cup victory over Hull City on Tuesday.

Wilfried Bony opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium after 12 minutes, before a flood of goals in the final ten minutes of the match, with Kelechi Iheanacho converting Raheem Sterling's cross then Kevin de Bruyne netting twice in five minutes.

Andrew Robertson pulled one back in injury-time for the Championship side, but it was not enough to prevent the 2014 League Cup winners from progressing to the last four of the competition for the fourth time in seven seasons.

Pellegrini was pleased that his captain for the night Silva played 80 minutes against Steve Bruce's side in his first start for the Blues after nine matches out with an ankle injury.

"It was very important for David," the Chilean said.

"The most important thing was to qualify for the semi-final - but it was also important for him to have 80 minutes after a long injury."

Pellegrini was also heartened that both strikers, Bony and Iheanacho, managed to get on the scoresheet against the Tigers.

"It was also important for Bony to play for 65 minutes after he only recovered from a muscle injury a few days before Saturday, and it was good for Kelechi to score," he continued.

"He is a very young player. He wants to learn more every day and scoring goals is important for his development.

"It is great for all the players to be involved in all competitions."

Hull City boss Bruce believes the 4-1 scoreline at the Etihad Stadium was "cruel" on his side, and lamented the mistakes that gifted two goals to de Bruyne.

De Bruyne's first came following a poor Andrew Robertson header back to goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, while his second was a free-kick that should have been dealt with by the defender covering the goal-line.

"It's cruel. We've had two little chances and within 30 seconds, we're trying to push forward and we've gifted two bad goals away," Bruce said.

"We've been punished and that's the lesson you take - you get punished for any mistake you make against the big boys and you don't get bigger than them."

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