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Manchester City vs Everton a few quick thoughts

  • Honours even at The Etihad as both Manchester City and Everton ended the game with just 10 men.
  • Gareth Southgate would have been pleased though as the England manager in attendance saw two internationals get the goals last night
  • Wayne Rooney made it 2 from 2 in this second Everton career
  • While Raheem Sterling who never scored against Everton while plying his trade at Liverpool salvaged a point for City with a late equaliser
  • It’s probably too early to start talking about England recalls but if he can keep scoring goals then it will have to ask the question as to whether he can force his way onto the plane come the end of the season
  • It was a 60 second spell that turned the game on its head and put Everton in front
  • At one end David Silva had just hit the post and Everton promptly cleared the ball upfield
  • Leroy Sane found possession but made a terrible back pass, one that was intercepted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin
  • He squared the ball to Rooney, who struck his shot under City’s Ederson
  • The new City signing should have done better as the ball went through his legs and cannoned in off the post
  • Rooney will not care all that much though as it was a 200th Premier League goal and he joins Alan Shearer in that very select club
  • Tottenham fans would have had something of a smirk after Kyle Walker was sent off just before half time
  • Two yellow cards in as many minutes meant that he was given his marching orders on his home debut
  • The first yellow was the correct decision by Bobby Madeley
  • The second one I think was harsh on Walker, as Everton youngster Calvert-Lewin definitely made more of the arm that Walker put across his body
  • A goal down and a man down at the break, Pep Guardiola was going to have to tinker with his setup if he was to get anything out of the game
  • Gabriel Jesus who missed chances to open the deadlock in the first half was sacrificed for Sterling who slotted in at right wing back
  • Sergio Aguero had something of an off night, spurned chances in the first half and then isolated in the second after the removal of Jesus
  • But City’s pressure would be rewarded with eight minutes left to go
  • Mason Holgate’s headed clearance was poor and Sterling volleyed it back with interest to beat Jordan Pickford and level proceedings at 1-1
  • Then City had their tails up and looked for an unlikely winner
  • Their confidence would have grown further when Morgan Schneiderlin also saw red for two yellow cards
  • Again the first was the correct decision, the second was harsh
  • Sergio Aguero certainly made more of the contact that he received from the French international and once again Bobby Madeley showed a yellow followed by a red
  • With both teams now with 10 men, City looked to be in the ascendancy and surged forward in hope of a winner
  • Ronald Koeman bought on Mo Besic to take the sting out of the game and he did exactly that as the final few minutes fizzled out
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson came off the bench to little effect but you could tell that he is still lacking sharpness
  • An entertaining encounter that certainly came alive when Rooney put Everton ahead, they are going to be a difficult team to face this season
  • While City have already dropped two points to their cross town rivals, there is still a very long way to go mind you

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