Manchester City players gave everything in loss to Crystal Palace - Guardiola

Kevin De Bruyne and Wilfried Zaha

"The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line they scored".

Aguero, who replaced Nicolas Otamendi as Guardiola chased the game at 2-1, and De Bruyne started the midweek EFL Cup triumph at Leicester City following recent lay-offs, while Guardiola watched John Stones turn in a mixed performance at the base of his midfield in Fernandinho's injury-enforced absence. We are in December and we will try and recover and try and win games again.

The early signs suggested that it would be another comfortable afternoon for City, who had won 10 of their last 12 Premier League matches against Palace overall and 10 in a row on home soil in all competitions ahead of this latest tussle. 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. After that, City host Liverpool in a big top-of-the-table battle to begin 2019.

Jeffrey Schlupp equalised on 33 minutes, before Andros Townsend's sensational strike put the visitors ahead, with Luka Milivojevic's second-half penalty ultimately proving the victor.

Eden Hazard came close on 33 minutes but crashed his effort onto the bar as his search for a 100th Chelsea goal continued.

City fell four points behind leader Liverpool with one round to go before the midway stage of the campaign.

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"I suppose that will also be foremost in my memory but I must say the Manchester City we beat then weren't anywhere near as good as the team we beat here".

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson put his side's victory down to hard work.

'But Jurgen Klopp I think he looks like a dream to work for and, as we talk about Manchester United, that's a manager which Man United need to get in, in that style and with that philosophy'.

West Ham's four-game winning run was ended by Watford with Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu netting in a 2-0 win for the visitors at the London Stadium.

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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