Cape Town - Manchester City fell behind Chelsea in the race for the 2014/15 English Premiership title after being held to a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini saw his side miss a glut of first half chances, most notably by Stevan Jovetic, which was reason for concern for the City manager but at least he has Sergio Aguero, used as a substitute at Goodison Park, and Edin Dzeko back to fitness and Swansea target Wilfried Bony poised to move to his club during the current transfer window.
"We dominated the game, especially the first half, and had clear-cut chances," said Pellegrini.
"But when you don't score those chances, it's difficult to win.
"It is important for the team that Sergio is back. He just worked two or three days with the squad this week, now he has the whole week to continue working.
"I hope he will return to the same performance he had before he was injured, in a few days. Aguero and Dzeko are going to be very important players during the second half of the season.
"Every team will drop points from now until the end of the season, we never thought before the game that this was going to be easy.
"Every time you come to Goodison Park it is difficult and last year was the first time we won here in five times. Maybe it was a good draw but I cannot forget about the first 45 minutes, we had too many clear chances."