Manchester City players gave everything in loss to Crystal Palace - Guardiola

Manchester City players gave everything in loss to Crystal Palace - Guardiola

With the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by four points, Guardiola refused to be drawn into talk of panic, crediting Palace for their triumph and urging a response from the Champions on Boxing Day.

Crystal Palace, bouyed by a goal of the season contender from winger Andros Townsend, pulled off the biggest upset of the Premier League season to date at the Etihad, ending Manchester City's flawless home record in the process.

The winger struck a spectacular volley, and Jeffrey Schlupp and Luka Milivojevic scored other goals, as Crystal Palace won 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium against a City side who had not dropped a point at home.

City had led through Ilkay Gundogan but two goals in three minutes overturned the scores at Palace led 2-1 at the break. However, the boy threw it back toward Ederson, interfering with play before the ball had gone out.

Townsend will rightfully hog the headlines but Wan-Bissaka did much to enhance his burgeoning reputation, keeping the in-form Sane on a short leash and making a succession of fearless challenges.

The fear for Pep Guardiola however will be how Crystal Palace made so much of their rare ventures forward.

It was a stunning development for a City side that have lost just two home league games - to Chelsea and Manchester United - in the two-and-a-half seasons in which Guardiola has been in charge.

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But Palace trailed for just six minutes as they surprised City by pushing back.

"We followed our game plan to a tee", he added. Subs: Aguero 5, De Bruyne 7, Mahrez 5.

Pep Guardiola refused to blame his players or team selection after Manchester City's shock 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Unbelievable work rate, good pace on the counter-attack and a wonder goal to boot; Andros Townsend will never forget his Christmas miracle of a trip to the Etihad in 2018.

We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal. There are a lot of games to play.

It seemed Man City would kick on and take the game away from Palace after their opener.

There was to be one final big chance for City to at least salvage a point, only for Gabriel Jesus to head over the bar from a glorious position once picked out by De Bruyne, meaning a second defeat in three league matches for the home side.

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