Pep Guardiola Suffers Second Draw in Five Days
Following a second consecutive for Manchester City, the manager of the club Pep Guardiola have come out lamenting over the loss. He said, “you have to win this kind of game.”
Manchester City has not been having a good season. They draw to Manchester United in the Manchester derby in the weekend and now they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling West Brom.
Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone made two point-blank stoppage-time saves to deny City victory and leave Pep Guardiola’s side sixth in the Premier League table, five points off the top. The manager also said: “It will be a long season but if you want to be up there we have to win here and we could not do it.” “We created chances, we controlled it but you have to win. This game works on results.”
Manchester City seemed on course for a customary home win against West Brom when Ilkay Gundogan applied a first-time finish to Raheem Sterling’s cutback after half an hour. The goal was cancelled when Nigerian Semi Ajayi volleyed a ball which appeared to be going wide deflected off Ruben Dias and went into the net.
Despite the draw West Brom management is considering a sack of their manager Slaven Bilic. Bilic’s future has been fuelled by his admission there have been no talks over a new contract, with his current one due to expire in the summer.
Despite offering no threat at the other end, the visitors’ collective effort was far better than anything previously produced in a season where they had conceded 25 goals in their first 12 games, more than any other side.
Slaven Bilic said: “We defended brilliantly, it’s a great point but more than that it shows we know what we have to do in every game.” “We are defending for our lives, ready to die for each other on the pitch and that’s all I can ask.”