Man City's record winning run ends with 0-0 draw at Palace

Ellen Mills
January 2, 2018

Manchester City suffered a disastrous day of injuries as Gabriel Jesus was substituted off in tears and Kevin De Bruyne was stretchered off in stoppage-time in their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

It was a frantic opening inside an electric Selhurst Park, with both sides fashioning clear cut opportunities in the first 10 minutes.

De Bruyne was stretchered off after a strong tackle from Palace's Jason Puncheon, who was booked and was also taken off on a stretcher.

Yet the leaders turned in one of their sloppiest displays of the season - even De Bruyne's imperious passing radar was off - and needed a penalty save from Ederson Moraes off Luka Milivojevic in injury time to preserve their undefeated start. "Today we were not lucky", he said.

Guardiola's team have already passed many tests this season, but it is now that their endurance will be questioned. But when you miss a penalty, there is always an element of sadness.

"I don't know (what's going to happen) but he's a player of Arsenal and I think he is going to stay there", he said. "Protect them, that's all I can say", he said. "Protect the players, guys, that's all", he said.

But the previously sensational Belgian's set-pieces were off colour - only one of six deliveries was risky, and his passing accuracy (80%) was less than any other starting City player. The 21-year-old won only half of his 14 individual duels, and was often second best to Palace defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Manchester City's record-breaking winning run in the Premier League has come to an end.

Wilfried Zaha has no intention of leaving Crystal Palace in the January transfer window, despite being linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.

In England, Arsenal fans are about to lose their biggest two stars, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who refused to renew their contracts with the club. "In two days we have another game after that we have meetings".

And Zaha hopes the point against City can be the springboard Palace need to climb away from trouble in 2018. I admire the physicality of the Premier League but the referee has to protect the players - that's all I ask.

Wayne Hennessey was the first Crystal Palace goalkeeper since Nigel Martyn in May 1993 to keep a Premier League clean sheet against Man City.

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