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A valuable win for City

Manchester City edged past a Crystal Palace team, who after going 1-0 down, responded well in the second half, and arguably deserved a point.

It was an average first half to say the least for City. They were lacking fluency without David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, unable to play their passing game and failing to bring Sergio Agüero into the game.

Vincent Kompany took a big hit to head when he collided with Claudio Bravo, which for a player plauged by injuries was unlucky, however good news for City that it was not a reoccurring groin or calf injury. It must be said he carried on for another ten minutes after the collision winning several headers, but eventually the pain was too much and the right decision of taking him off was made.

Kompany was forced off after a collision with Bravo, thankfully not from a reoccurrence of his groin injury.

Yaya Touré returning to the team was a surpirse to all, and despite his two goals he had an average game, where he was moving ball around the pitch but not being overly energetic as per, and was walked past on several occasions from Palace players, but considering it was his first Premier League game of the Guardiola era he held his own, and can build from it.
Agüero and Kevin De Bruyne did little, merely drifting in and out of the game. The opening goal of the game came from good passing amd movement from Yaya Touré, who played a one-two with Nolitô and his shot took a fortunate defelection off the Palace defender. Other than that the first half was quite glum, with only one other chance coming from Sergio Agüero in the first half.

Yaya Touré enjoyed his return to the first team.

In the second half however, Alan Pardew brought on Conor Wickham for Andros Townsend, and Palace were the better team. Fernandinho was solid as per for City as was Bacary Sagna, but the referee was giving soft fouls both ways, so both did well not to lunge in.

Claudio Bravo made a great save from Christians Benteke header, but moments later came the equaliser. A great save from Wayne Hennessy and goal line clearance from a Sergio Agüero chance Palace struck on the counter attack. Yaya Touré and Fernandinho were walked past too easily, and Wickham given was given too much space by Zabaleta who defended poorly and he powered it past Bravo.

City failed to control the game, and Aleksandar Kolarov missed a great chance, when he hit it straight at the goal keeper from a low corner. The turning point was when David Silva came on, City started to move the ball better and got a grip on the game, and finally scored from a corner won by Sterling.

Another low ball in by De Bruyne was finished off by Touré for his second, equalling the amount of goals Paul Pogba has scored this season in ten games less! There were fans running onto the pitch out of sheer delight, and soon after Touré made a great run into the box creating his own chance but it came to nothing, which was followed by Agüero making way for Fernando in a more defensive approach, which helped them see the game out.

City players celebrating the winning goal.

City player ratings
Claudio Bravo 7/10
Aleks Kolarov 5/10
Vincent Kompany 6/10
Nicolas Otamendi 7/10
Bacary Sagna 8/10
KDB 6/10
Fernandinho 7/10
Raheem Sterling 6/10
Yaya Touré 8/10
Nolito 5/10
Sergio Agüero 5/10

Substitutions
Pablo Zabaleta 5/10
David Silva 6.5/10
Fernando N/A

This article was written by Ben Tipper. Twitter – @bentippermcfc

Featured Image Credit: Cléria De Souza

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