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Frustrated Pep admits ‘many things’ went wrong in shock Man City defeat

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted ‘many things’ went wrong in Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace.

The reigning champions were beaten 2-0 at home as Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher got on the scoresheet. A defensive calamity saw them go behind within just six minutes.

Centre-back Aymeric Laporte ran into trouble, allowing Gallagher and Zaha to break. The young loanee played in his team-mate, who calmly beat Ederson with a left-footed finish.

Things got worse for Man City as Laporte saw red in first-half stoppage time. He brought down Zaha 35 yards from goal, but was dismissed as he prevented his opponent a goalscoring opportunity.

City then had the ball in the back of the net courtesy of Gabriel Jesus. He converted a Phil Foden cross with an acrobatic finish at the back post. However, Guardiola’s frustrations were increased when it was ruled out for offside.

Palace doubled their lead late on. Zaha held the ball up, and Gallagher waltzed into the box unmarked. He was found by Michael Olise and sent his shot in off the post.

After the loss, Guardiola was asked about Laporte’s dismissal and City’s disallowed goal. He said (via Manchester Evening News): “It could be a yellow card or red card, depends on the decision of the boss, the referee.

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“The goal disallowed – I didn’t see it but I imagine the line said offside. But we didn’t lose for that. Against Brighton the line said (their goal) was offside but that stood. We conceded the first goal and after we worked really well but after played 10 against 11.

“We need to do everything right but the players showed character. Unfortunately it went wrong in many, many things.”

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Pep praises Palace defending

The Spaniard went on to praise Palace for the way they defended their lead. “We conceded the goal early on so how many chances did they have? The goal and no more. It is quite similar to the last seasons when Crystal Palace came here under Roy Hodgson, lost one and drew one.

“The keeper took out the momentum. They defended really well with solidarity, defending the gaps and blocking the shots.

“We didn’t have many chances in the first half but we had enough to score. At the end, [in] the counter-attack, anything can happen.”

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