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Published on May 7th, 2017 | by maxbloggs

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City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Words Kevin Parker,General Secretary Manchester City Supporters Club

City went into the game versus Boro knowing their nearest rivals for a top 4 place (The Rags) had dropped 2 points at home to Swansea earlier in the day, in reality they were lucky to get 1 point and did so with a dodgy penalty (again) 
So City knew a win against a team they had easily beaten 2-0 a few weeks ago in The FA Cup would pull them 3 points clear with a better goal difference

Why then did Pep decide to try another new experimental formation ?. Surely he know by now this is not La Liga, every team in The Premier League will give you a difficult game if you give them a chance 

Leaving out Sane and Sterling for Clichy and Garcia came as a surprise to everyone. 
Although City dominated possession in the first half the reality was once again they had no shots on target and went into half time 1 nil down to a mis hit shot from former City favourite Negrado. Add to that the stat that City had not won a PL game when they were behind at half time since 1995 (95 games in total) it did not look good.

City started the second half unchanged but within 5 minutes had made 2 changes, bringing on Sane and Sterling and the impact was instant. 

City took control of the game and started to push Boro further and further back and it only seemed a matter of time before they scored. They did but from a dubious penalty awarded when Sane went down having fallen into the Boro defender De Roon. Maybe our luck this season has changed at last. Aguero despatched the penalty. 1-1 with 21 minutes to go, surely City would now go on to win the game. 

Despite continuing to dominate possession City fell to the sucker punch of a break away from Boro and gave away a free kick on the edge of the box. From that free kick Caballero flapped at the ball, Boro won it back, the ball bobbled around inside the penalty area and fell to Chambers who netted from 6 yards

13 minutes to go and City were behind again

The pattern of the second half continued, City dominated but with speculative shots and defending in numbers from Boro it looked like City would suffer an embarrassing and frustrating defeat against a team destined for relegation
However in the 85th minute Aguero produced a great cross for Gabriel De Jesus to firmly head into the net. City were back in the game. Despite continuing to look for a winner in the remaining minutes of the game City ended up drawing 2-2, a point from a game we were expected to win
Destiny is still in City’s hands. Win all our remaining 4 games and a Champions League spot is assured and with the next 3 being at home the prospects look good. However Pep needs to stick with his strongest 11 and hopefully that will include Silva, Toure and Aguero who went off just towards the end of the game with what looked a worrying injury. Lets hope not. 

Onwards and upwards, bring on Big Sams Palace


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