Manchester City defender Micah Richards has hailed the battling qualities of his teammates after the 3-2 win at QPR on Saturday.
Roberto Mancini's side came from behind to lead at Loftus Road, and also scored in the later stages of the second-half to claim victory through the head of Yaya Toure.
And Richards, who skippered the team of superstars in west London, believes the result shows that the Citizens are a different team to previous years and capable of maintaining their form at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
“We had to grind and give 100 per cent to get the victory. Our players are known for flair and scoring goals but we worked hard for the team," said Richards.
“It was a hard-fought victory. They didn’t allow us to play the usual fantastic football that we normally play.
“At times it looked like they were going to score, or they might nick it. But we got the winner and that is the most important thing. There is a different mentality about us now. We have great players who go right to the end and give 100 per cent."
The England international right back, who has been left out of Fabio Capello's squad to face Spain and Sweden at Wembley, was also quick to praise midfielder David Silva.
A product of the Valencia youth system, the Spanish star has been a revelation in the Barclays Premier League this term, and Richards believes he's been the very best.
"I am just glad to be in the team and it was a great honour to lead out a team of such stars and quality players,” added the defender.
“Sometimes I just watch and admire. David Silva is one of my favourite players – some of the stuff he does is amazing and he is a very humble guy. I think all the best players are humble. I think on current form he is the best player in the country.
“When he first signed, people were not sure he could play in the Premier League. This season and towards the end of last season, he has really been unbelievable for us. Hopefully he can continue like that."
Ahead of the clash against Newcastle United, the only other remaining undefeated side in the English top flight, Richards admitted he's braced for a fight against the Magpies.
“Newcastle will be a hard game. At home we are able to play our football a little bit more but you have to give respect to Newcastle," he concluded.
“They have a good defensive record but hopefully we can break that down.”
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