Struggling Stoke were torn to shreds by a Robinho hat-trick which gave Manchester City their first Premier League victory in four matches.
Robinho fired in the opener after being picked out by Ched Evans.
And he slotted his second past keeper Thomas Sorensen after being set up by substitute Danny Sturridge’s pass.
Robinho was twice denied by Sorensen before collecting another fine ball from Sturridge and calmly shooting into the bottom corner of the net.
City were without striker Jo, who was ill, and lost Evans to injury five minutes before half-time, but they still had far too much attacking flair for the Potters.
Robinho was in unstoppable form and went close early on, when he carried the ball 40 yards before his thumping shot was pushed away by Sorensen at the near post.