Manchester City bounced back from defeat to Wolves with a convincing victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
City started superbly, moving the ball quickly and with purpose – a reaction, perhaps, to the chastening defeat to Wolves before the international break. Palace, who had enjoyed some excellent results going to the game, were struggling to get the ball.
It was one-way traffic and City almost went ahead after 15 minutes. Kevin De Bruyne’s superb cross was inches away from being converted by Jesus three yards from goal, and Bernardo Silva forced Wayne Hennessey into a fine save with a shot from distance.
Ilkay Gundogan, central to much of City’s best work in the early stages, hit a powerful drive from the edge of the box that required Hennessey to save with his legs with City very much in the ascendancy.
We were being frustrated by a resilient Palace defence, but our patience soon paid off. Bernardo’s left-footed delivery towards the back post was headed home expertly by Jesus for his 50th City goal to put City ahead.
And three minutes later, our lead was doubled. A quick break from inside our own area ended with Raheem Sterling’s scooped pass being volleyed home by David Silva. Speed, ingenuity and a ruthless finish - few goals this weekend will match this one for quality.
A 2-0 half-time lead was the least City deserved after a vibrant 45 minutes.
The second-half began in similar vein; Sterling almost making it three with a shot that went just wide of Hennessey's near post.
De Bruyne went down inside the area under a challenge from Wilfried Zaha, but the referee, Anthony Taylor, ignored the Belgian's protestations and a quick VAR check upheld his initial decision.
Jesus almost grabbed his second, but Hennessey's strong right hand kept his effort out. The Palace 'keeper was doing his best to limit City's scoring, and he produced another save moments later, tipping Bernardo's effort over the bar.
For all of Hennessey's brilliance, Ederson managed to upsatge him with a quite remarkable one-handed save to deny substitute Christian Benteke, before a swift counter should have seen City add a third when Jesus went for goal instead of squaring the ball to an unmarked De Bruyne.
City's performance deserved more goals, but this felt like a vital three points and clear return to form.
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