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However, Pep Guardiola felt taht his team had played well and just fell victim to some clinical finishing from Crystal Palace. We are in December and we will try and recover and try and win games again, " the Spanarid noted, even as he was quick to add.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said he was not disappointed by his players' effort despite suffering a surprise 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace yesterday. Its upset victory was fueled by a duo of first-half scores, most notably a highlight-reel goal from midfielder Andrew Townsend late in the first half. The form that Liverpool is it might just make it more hard for Man City to regain the lead.

Jeffrey Schlupp cancelled out an early opener from Ilkay Gundogan and Andros Townsend then put the Eagles in front through a sensational long-range volley after City failed to clear their lines, before Luka Milivojevic converted from the spot to give his side some breathing space.

Palace had a nervous finish after City substitute Kevin De Bruyne made it 3-2 in the 85th with an apparent cross which goalkeeper Vicente Guaita couldn't keep out.

Guardiola, who came under criticism for his team selection before and after the game, has defended his decision to leave stars Sergio Aguero and De Bruyne on the bench.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a dream start as Manchester United's interim manager as his side thrashed his former club Cardiff City 5-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

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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.

City, who had not dropped points all season after taking the lead in a match, took time to regain any momentum after that second setback of the match.

Bournemouth won 2-0 at home to Brighton, and Newcastle's home game with Fulham ended 0-0.

The goal had come during end-to-end fare as the Hammers had started to take control in search of a fifth successive league victory.

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.


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