Written by By Simon Peach, CNN
By Tom Marshall, CNN
Alex Iwobi’s “irresistible goal” helped Crystal Palace inflict their second defeat in two matches on Manchester City, in a 3-2 EPL loss.
“His decision making was also great,” said Palace manager Roy Hodgson. “When there was something in the way, he kept going, because I was grateful of that. I said earlier in the week he can make passes with his feet which most other players wouldn’t, which he does.
“The ball then started to move to him down the right and I thought he was going to shoot but he took a touch and actually turned it into the goal from what I thought was an unstoppable position.”
Hodgson’s side, who continue to cling on to their UEFA Europa League qualification chances, have now won their last two games against City.
They were also in hot water after the game, as an angry protest by Eagles fans resulted in two flares being thrown onto the pitch as they ended their game.
“I wasn’t watching,” said Palace defender James Tomkins, when asked about the protest. “But everyone knows that, on match day, it doesn’t matter if it’s South-Caucasian or black, yellow or green people. You shouldn’t have to pay the consequences.
“We know we’ve got a big job to do here, and we’ve got to stay as professional as we can.”
City were for the most part reduced to 10 men for the closing 25 minutes, thanks to a strong challenge from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, which saw the England left-back dismissed in the 70th minute.
“He has to play a solid 90 minutes,” Hodgson added. “He’s been taught that for three years. Our captain — one of the great leaders of our group — was starting to miss a little bit of that instinct in the last 10 minutes of the match.”
Although City have not suffered such a heavy defeat since they were beaten 4-0 at home by Bayern Munich in 2014, they remain top of the league standings, thanks to a seven-point cushion over second-placed Chelsea.
That gap appears to be growing by the week, however, as Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-0 in midweek — a result which has put them six points behind.
City sit four points ahead of Liverpool, who face Tottenham Hotspur in the early kick-off.