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City held as Sterling's shocker costs Pep

City held as Sterling's shocker costs Pep

He's scored more last-minute goals for us than anyone in this league.

Abuja - Premier League leaders Manchester City paid the price for missed chances as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday.

With the score 1-0 at the time of the miss after 71 minutes, Sterling could have settled a hard-fought contest, but the Clarets made the most of the reprieve to equalise through Johann Berg Gudmundsson with eight minutes remaining.

For Guardiola, the manager with more resources available to him than any other football manager on the planet to be engaging in this type of nonsense and politicking is exceptionally petty.

The goal proved out to be the last of the game as Burnley continued to dominate in the concluding minutes of the game and didn't give any chance to City from there to score as the visitors went back with just one point. Today he missed one chance.

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The forward, who has 19 goals this season, was substituted shortly after but Guardiola insisted that his miss was not the reason for the switch.

Ten minutes later Burnley almost equalised when Ben Mee broke through on goal, but he was superbly thwarted in a one-on-one with the City goalkeeper. "I'm sad for the players because we played so well", he said.

Neville went on to argue that the experience of being with the first-team squad would have been enough for an aspiring youngster, with there no need to use him in a Premier League fixture. Maybe people don't realise, but the way we played was outstanding. "We could take one from the second team, but they had a game yesterday".

Guardiola confirmed that Stones, who was ill in midweek, was out with a minor knee injury, but despite the result, the Spaniard was pleased with the performance against a tough opponent.

As much as Guardiola values performances and intentions from both players and managers, he will no doubt be bitterly disappointed at his team's failure to come away with what would have been three deserved points.