Man City will take stock after shock defeat, says Delph

It was just what the game needed, but Palace turned the game on its head in two insane minutes as Jeffrey Schlupp's low angled drive drew the visitors level and a minute later Andros Townsend scored a spectacular 25-yard volley that gave Ederson no chance.

"The third goal...we can not concede the penalty we conceded".

Substitute Kevin De Bruyne gave City late hope but it was not enough and they remain four points behind leaders Liverpool after their first home defeat of the season.

No rest time for tired legs as City are back in action on Boxing Day with a trip to Leicester City (3pm).

Delph had earlier had a long-range drive tipped over by Guaita and both Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva also came close to netting, but a dominant City were left stunned when Palace netted twice in the space of two minutes and 42 seconds. The two teams meet on January 4 (NZ time).

"I still think (Manchester) City will win it (the Premier League)".

Solskjaer, handed control after this week's sacking of Jose Mourinho, spent a miserable nine months at Cardiff in 2014, getting them relegated from the top-flight. He has scored a few special goals in his time at Selhurst Park but given the occasion and the size of the task they had at the Etihad, this must surely have been his sweetest hit, not to mention his best. He then smashed high into the net in the 48th to complete an impressive counter-attack from Unai Emery's side.

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John played so good in Leicester [in the unfamiliar position] so I wanted to give another option for [defending] long balls.

Alex Iwobi made the points safe in stoppage time.

The Clarets are now two points adrift of safety as Southampton's upturn in fortunes under Ralph Hasenhuettl continued with a 3-1 win at Huddersfield, thanks to goals from Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi. Even if we'd pulled it back to 2-2 we were relegated.

Deeney tucked home his third goal of the season on the half-hour from the spot after Fabian Balbuena had bundled over Roberto Pereyra, the defender injuring himself so badly that he had to leave the field.

De Bruyne managed to get one back for the champions, but Palace managed to hold on until the full-time whistle to take away an impressive three points in Manchester.

In the second half I used Gundogan and De Bruyne in that position but that is when the game is more open and everyone defend deep.

Just five minutes later, Palace had equalised, very much against the run of play.

  • Lawrence Cooper