Manchester City's 2-0 win over a determined Newcastle United yesterday was a composed and professional performance, an endearing display of controlled power.
Victory over Queens Park Rangers next Sunday should seal the title. They are so close now that they can taste it.
For Newcastle, it may mean an end to their Champions League dream. But they can be proud of their season. If manager Alan Pardew isn’t named as the Manager of the Year, then there is something seriously wrong.
The only person who might deny him was one of the first to shake his hand at the end. Roberto Mancini has lived in peril since taking this job, knowing that his huge resources mean incredible pressure.
He has dealt with it masterfully. City are very nearly there.