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Crystal Palace
0 - 1
Manchester City

FA Barclays Premier League

Selhurst Park

12/09/15 15h00 BST

Attendance: 25,167

Referee: Mike Jones

Crystal PalaceManchester City
Iheanacho 90'
12 McCarthy     01 Hart    
34 Kelly     03 Sagna    
06 Dann     04 Kompany    
04 Hangeland     20 Mangala    
23 Souaré     11 Kolarov    
07 Cabaye     15 Jesús Navas    
18 McArthur     25 Fernandinho    
26 Sako     68' 42 Y Touré    
42 Puncheon     83' 08 Nasri     94'
11 Zaha     14 Bony     89'
10 Bolasie     80' 10 Agüero     25'
03 Mariappa     13 Caballero    
09 Campbell     17 De Bruyne     25'
13 Hennessey     26 Demichelis     94'
14 Lee Chung-yong     83' 27 Roberts    
15 Jedinak     80' 30 Otamendi    
16 Gayle     68' 72 Iheanacho     89'
22 Mutch     76 Garcia Alonso    
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Johnny On The Spot: Manchester City's imperious start to their Premier League title challenge has continued with a hard fought win over a dogged but essentially limited Crystal Palace in London...I'd further suggest that this is the sweetest of our 5 straight wins to date. I wasn't alone in suggesting pre-kick off that Selhurst outside of Goodison is the hardest away fixture in the calendar, but Manuel Pellegrini's league leaders are bursting with character and guided by The Engineer's astute tactical switches, the overnight losses of David Silva and Raheem Sterling followed swiftly by the kicking out of the game of Kun Aguero were all overcome with robust authority...It's all good and then some for The Blues in almost every conceivable direction at this time outside of Scott Dann's ludicrously yellow carded assassination attempt upon the league's finest striker of the modern era. The mighty atom has to be rated as doubtful for Juventus on Tuesday night, but who knows what the hunger and desire that himself and his teammates have in abundance this season can do in such circumstances..?..Pellegrini's men have now broken a 103 year old club record of 11 straight league wins and this one for me was built upon defence...I thought that City's backline were absolutely outstanding in containing, marshalling and stifling Palace's eager front runners into a submission littered with offsides and scattergun shots. This gave City's midfield the platform from which to take the game to The Eagles and in all fairness, the domination that Kevin De Bruyne's forced entrance brought with it should have resulted in the win being secured much earlier. That means you, Jesus Navas!..De Bruyne looks to be a very fine footballer based upon this evidence. He's a big lad with the presence to be combative where required and at times spread the play sublimely, showing a YaYaesque eye for a game wining pass...How frustrating for the anti-City hacks this must be. A second expensive signing has slotted straight into the City flow and horror of horrors, now an 18 year old academy graduate has scored a match winning goal! Before I reach for the brandy and cigars, JB's Man of The Match is Samir Nasri. His relentless tenacity and swagger typified a massively important win. ...Stats Courtesy BBC Sport

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday September 12 2015
Time: 4:54PM


Manuel Pellegrini: "It is not easy to start the new season when we have players coming back at different moments. But I think the team is demonstrating why we have won five games. Last season is in the past and now we are thinking about the future. ...Kelechi is a very important striker and just 18 years of age. He has a lot to improve....It is important to have a gap from the champions but three or four teams can be very strong and can win the title...Sergio couldn't move his leg. I thought it was directly a red card but the referee thought otherwise. I hope he can recover in the next 48 hours. Raheem has a problem with his hamstring so I think it was a risk for him to play today. I hope he is 100% fit for Tuesday."
Johnny Baguette
12/09/2015 17:37:00
Alan Pardew: "Even though we beat Manchester City last season this was a better performance...It's a shame about the injury to Aguero because we are not a malicious team. We both knew this was going to be a tough game and it was. The referee just about got the big calls right. We are closer to the top teams this season and we gave Manchester City more problems than we have in the past."
Johnny Baguette
12/09/2015 17:42:00
Pardew's teams certainly seem to have a knack for injuring our players
12/09/2015 20:44:00
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