The City gets back to winning ways with a fluke victory over hardworking Everton. Foden’s late winning goal was fortunate, but the champions will think they deserved it after a strong second-half performance.
Everton did enough to earn a point and was harshly punished for one unfortunate error.
They’ll think they could have had at least one penalty too.
EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Jordan Pickford;
Seamus Coleman (c), Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Jonjoe Kenny;
Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure;
Alex Iwobi, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Gordon;
SUBS: Salomon Rondon, Asmir Begovic, Vitalii Mykolenko, Demarai Gray,
Jarrad Branthwaite, Nathan Patterson, Anwar El Ghazi, Dele Alli, Andros Townsend.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson;
Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte;
Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan (c);
Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling.
SUBS: Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez, Kyle Walker, Cieran Slicker, Fernandinho, Jack Grealish, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Scott Carson.
EVERTON 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY! It’s a disaster for Everton as Foden gives City the lead. Silva’s cross from the left bobbles off the outstretched legs of both Holgate and Keane. It lands straight into the path of Foden, who can’t fail to beat Pickford from a few yards out!
What does it mean? The City breathes a sigh of relief.
City’s defeat to Spurs and then Liverpool’s win over Leeds United in midweek saw the gap at the top reduced to three points – when proceedings here looked to be heading for a stalemate, the Reds would have moved to within one end with a win in their game in hand. But City got the job done, with Everton’s one minor error at the back duly punished in ruthless fashion.
Until then, a draw would not have hugely flattered Everton, who were hard on the end of an onslaught, but City’s quality ultimately told as the Toffees were left with their lowest points tally (22) after 24 games since 1929-30.
Pickford, the pick of the bunch.
While it took City a while to break Everton down, they may well have broken through earlier were it not for Pickford, who made seven saves in this match. He did his bit. Unfortunately, his hard work was for nothing after Keane’s error.
Sterling fails to sparkle.
Raheem Sterling was very quiet during his 77 minutes on the pitch. While he did manage to record one key pass, he did not attempt a single shot and had the fewest touches (29) of the City’s outfield starters.
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