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- Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:16:37 +0000: Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace: Premier League – as it happened - Manchester City | The Guardian
- Raheem Sterling scores two as Man City ease to victory
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That’s it from me. Thanks for following. Here is Jamie Jackson’s report from the Etihad.
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So what have we learned? This was an easy win for Manchester City – and an expected one too – but their wide range of scoring options will leave the rest of the Premier League worried. As for Palace, it is hard to see them even scoring against their upcoming opponents: Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle United. It’s going to be a long, long season for Palace.
The referee puts Palace out of their misery. They are still winless and goalless. Meanwhile, City cannot stop scoring – that’s 21 goals they have now scored in the Premier League. They are top on goal difference.
A beauty from substitute Fabian Delph, with a curling long-range effort with his right foot. Poor old Palace. A devastating afternoon for Hodgson’s men.
Look up "party goal" in the dictionary and you get that! What a strike from Fabian Delph!! In off the bar!! BOOOOOOOOM!
86min: Leroy Sane voted man of the match. And quite right, too.
Sergio Aguero joins in the fun with a simple header after an excellent cross from the left by Sane. The Argentine is now just one goal away from equalling Eric Brook’s record City haul of 177. Sane has been excellent.
75min: Sane claims for a penalty after having his arm pulled by in a tussle with Timothy Fosu-Mensah but instead receives a booking for his subsequent complaints. Guardiola is far from pleased on the sidelines. Schlupp also goes into the referee’s notebook for fouling Danilo.
70min: It goes from bad to worse for Palace. Striker Christian Benteke has taken a worrying knock and is coming off. Bakary Sako is on which means Palace have a Sako and a Sakho on at the same time – could get confusing.
69min: With a Champions League group game against Shakhtar Donetsk to come in midweek, Guardiola is wisely resting his key players with this game all but won. Fabian Delph is on for John Stones.
Another goal for City and another for Sterling. De Bruyne plays the ball over the City defence, Aguero unselfishly squares the ball for Sterling to tap in. And with that he is substituted off, with Bernardo Silva coming on.
56min: Booking for City substitute Danilo after he hacked down Townsend. Meanwhile, Jason Puncheon is on for Yohan Cabaye. Mendy also received a yellow card before he came off with an injury, I should add.
Sane, the goalscorer, this time turns provider as he squares the ball from the left to Raheem Sterling to score from close range. Was it Sane that Joachim Löw came to see? If so, he will be impressed. Hard to see Palace coming back from this.
46min: City get us underway for the second half.
There were some raised eyebrows when the team was announced why Sane was given a starting berth by Guardiola – but he showed just why with a classy goal to give City a deserved lead. Palace have had their chances, particularly through Loftus-Cheek, but they will have entered the dressing room deflated by that late goal.
45min: Peep! And that’s the half-time whistle, with City one goal to the good.
And there’s the breakthrough. Leroy Sane plays a lovely one-two with David Silva, collects the ball and neatly dinks the ball past a Palace defender and then Hennessey into the net. It is Sane’s fifth goal from just six shots on target in all competitions for City this season. With Manchester United and Chelsea also winning, it is a timely goal for the home side – and agony for Palace who had done so well to keep the game goalless for so long.
37min: A deep sense of frustration is growing among the City fans at the Etihad as Palace begin wasting time before the break. Hodgson will be delighted with how his team have performed thus far. Guardiola is even giving a pep-talk to a ball boy to keep the action going.
33min: Aguero, who is just three goals shy of becoming City’s all-time leading scorer, scoops the ball over the bar from close range. “How is this still nil-nil?” asks the NBC TV commentator.
27min: Loftus-Cheek comes close again, dragging the ball just wide. Meanwhile, there is an early injury-enforced substitution for Manchester City – Mendy is off, with Danilo coming on.
19min: The woodwork is hit again by a Palace player but it is almost a goal for the visitors. Loftus-Cheek smashes the post with a long-range effort.
One keen observer in the City stands is Germany head coach Joachim Löw.
12min: City keep knocking at the door. Fernandinho fires on target from close range but it goes straight to Hennessey, who parries well. Still goalless.
Further to my tweet about the City dressing room and the Royal Albert Hall, Noel Bayley emails in: “The Albert Hall roof was, of course, manufactured a couple of miles away from here (ie The Etihad), in Ardwick - which is where City originated...” How about that?
6min: Early chance for City. Sakho almost scores a spectacular own goal with his head after a dangerous ball from De Bruyne, hitting the post and out.
5min: City are dominating possession, coolly passing the ball between themselves, much as Guardiola’s Barcelona teams used to. How long before they find a breakthrough goal?
1min: Crystal Palace kick off and immediately give the ball away. It could be a long afternoon for the south London side.
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Pep Guardiola on NBC: “We are OK after just five games. Players from Crystal Palace have the quality so anything can happen.” The Catlan has given Leroy Sane a rare start, with Gabriel Jesus having to make do with a place on the bench. Hodgson said: “There is some belief and confidence in the team but ideally we need some good performances and good results to boost that belief and confidence.”
Tottenham, meanwhile, have held on to defeat West Ham 3-2. It got a little nervy at the end there for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
North of the border, Celtic have just defeated Rangers 2-0. Just seven games into the new Scottish Premiership season, eight points now stand between the Old Firm rivals. Are they, in fact, still rivals?
Roy Hodgson, for his part, is clinging to Fulham’s unlikely survival under his stewardship nine years ago as inspiration to keep Palace in the Premier League. “We were doomed, week after week, but we just kept believing,” Hodgson said, before adding of the current campaign: “As far as we’re concerned, May is still a long way off. It’s up to us to keep improving, keep working hard and pick up some points along the way so we’re at the right end of the table come May. I refuse to believe we’re doomed.”
Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Delph, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Toure.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Sakho,
Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Townsend, Loftus-Cheek,
Schlupp, Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Ward, Tomkins, McArthur, Sako, Puncheon, Riedewald.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).
It’s top v bottom and, what’s more, a team who have scored 16 goals in their opening five Premier League matches against a team who have scored, um, none. “We should be embracing the challenge,” said Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson unconvincingly on Friday, before adding: “But, realistically, we know they have a better chance on paper than we do.”
The fixture list has not been kind to Hodgson. As he tries to pick up the pieces of Frank de Boer’s miserable (and brief) spell in charge, Palace take on City today before fixtures against Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle United. At least in their effort to shore up their defence Mamadou Sakho, the former Liverpool defender, is due to make his first Premier League start since his permanent move to Selhurst Park. “We hope, with his quality and his leadership qualities, he helps us move away from the relegation zone,” Hodgson added.
Bob will be here soon. In the meantime, here’s our match preview:Continue reading...
- Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:10:20 +0000: Manchester City and Raheem Sterling pile on Crystal Palace misery - Manchester City | The Guardian
The Manchester City show rolls on. This fifth win of the Premier League season took the tally to 21 goals and added a fourth clean sheet to a formidable start from Pep Guardiola’s men.
It was a duck-shoot as Crystal Palace provided easy prey and their search for a first goal of the campaign continues. They have now lost all six of their opening games. This equals Portsmouth’s dubious feat at the beginning of the 2009-10 term, and if Roy Hodgson’s side go down next week they equal Pompey’s mark of seven straight losses overall.Continue reading...
- Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:30:06 +0000: Roy Hodgson looks to his past for Crystal Palace’s survival inspiration - Manchester City | The Guardian
• Palace manager aims to echo Fulham’s great escape of 2008
• Hodgson backs striker Christian Benteke to end goal drought
Roy Hodgson will oversee Crystal Palace’s daunting trip to Manchester City clinging to Fulham’s unlikely survival under his stewardship nine years ago as inspiration.
Related: Manchester City 2-3 FulhamContinue reading...
- Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:03:53 +0000: Pep Guardiola says Manchester City can improve and must be wary of Palace - Manchester City | The Guardian
• Roy Hodgson’s side ‘do have quality’, says City’s manager
• Guardiola shares José Mourinho’s scepticism about League Cup
“My dear fellow,” Pep Guardiola said, his eyes twinkling to confirm that what he said next might not be completely what he believed. “This is the Premier League. Every single team can beat the others. That is the best expression I have learned.”
The Manchester City manager was responding to the inevitable question about how many goals his free-scoring side might rack up against Crystal Palace, who have yet to score a league goal or claim a point, and injecting a hint of sarcasm because he does not accept the Premier League’s claim to be the toughest in the world. “Palace do have quality,” he said, back in serious mode. “We watched their last two games and they created a lot of chances against Southampton and Burnley.”Continue reading...
- Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:37:54 +0000: Manchester City v Crystal Palace: match preview - Manchester City | The Guardian
Manchester City will surely not falter against a Crystal Palace side already on their second manager of the season – Roy Hodgson – and who have lost all five league matches scoring no goals. City are joint-top on 13 points and have a goal difference of 14, so expectations of a romp at the Etihad Stadium by Pep Guardiola’s team are realistic. Jamie Jackson
Kick-off Saturday 3pmContinue reading...
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