For Everton fans it was probably the most satisfying result of the season.
The 2-0 win at the City of Manchester Stadium made it an impressive double over the side that caused so much unrest in the Everton camp last summer and, if David Moyes is to be believed, directly contributed to the Toffees poor start to the season.
Since then the insults have flown between the clubs' supporters. The nouveau riche City fans have lorded it over their poorer relations, while Evertonians have reminded them that despite their millions, they have achieved nothing yet.
David Moyes, who is very careful with his words in the press, stoked the flames still further by acknowledging that City have spent money wisely but their expensive imports still don't have the collective team spirit forged at Goodison Park.
But that didn't stop the press from previewing this game as "the chance for City to go fourth" rather an opportunity for the Toffees to press their European credentials.
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