First team coach David Platt claims the number of goals Manchester City are scoring this season is "irrelevant" compared to the importance of winning games.

The Barclays Premier League leaders took their tally for the season to 48 in just their 14th game as they hammered promoted Norwich 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium. City are well on course to break Chelsea's 2009-10 Premier League record of 103 but Platt insists that is not important.

"The goals are irrelevant as long as we get the points," said Platt.

"You hear things leading into the week, playing against a newly-promoted side - albeit one that have done quite well for themselves and are in a mid-table position. People automatically assume now we are going to go out and get five, six, seven or eight goals against these teams.

"To be honest, we would take one as long as there was no reply because that would get you three points all the same."

Norwich boss Paul Lambert conceded his side were a distinct second best but at least felt his players gave a spirited performance.

Lambert said: "They are a top, top side. Their movement is brilliant, first class. But you don't help yourselves when you concede the goals we did.

"The first goal was poor and the second one should never have gone in from that distance. I won't blame individuals, we are a team, but I was glad we kept going.

"How do you compete with that? But what my group have got is a great willingness to try to do well. If you go and play them at their game they will pick you off all over the place because their movement is that good.

"The gameplan worked to an extent but the second goal was really poor. You hold your hand up. We were beaten by the better side but I am delighted we never folded."

Source: PA