CommentaryReporting by Neil Leigh @mancity


Thanks and good night

That's all for me after what was a nervy but ultimately rewarding Saturday evening at Crystal Palace.

Who knows how crucial those three points could prove come the end of the season?

As always many, many thanks for your company today.

Make sure you join us again on Tuesday for the small matter of our Champions League last 16 second leg tie at home to RB Leipzig. 

That will be another huge occasion.

Until you can enjoy all the reaction and analysis on and our app with brief highlights also appearing at 21.15pm (UK) with extended highluights and a full match replay following at midnight.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you on Tuesday!




Clean machine

Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in each of our last four Premier League away games against Crystal Palace – against no side have we had a longer run of away shutouts in the competition (also 4 v Arsenal, Leicester and Sheffield United).


Haaland's pride after key Palace victory


Pep on the title race 🗣

"Of course Arsenal is on an incredible run. Still we are there. Arsenal make 50 points.

"Here in the typical winter game, a difficult one, we were there all the time and then we won it.

"Now we have to do absolutely everything and next Tuesday and Saturday hopefully the Etihad can live one of the best nights we have lived and we can do it again."


What about this guy!!


'Everything pleased me' 🗣

More reaction from Pep Guardiola:

"Everything pleased me, we missed the counter attack a bit. It is not easy, they defend six players in the box and Erling Haaland had two men marking him, Gundo [Ilkay Gundogan] had a man, it was a question of patience.

"Teams defend deep against Haaland. Julian [Alvarez] is so important and we need him. We needed him in the middle and he had a chance. Gundo [Ilkay Gundogan] is an exceptional player and got the penalty and Haaland did the rest."


Pep praises City's game of patience 🗣

Post match reaction from the boss:

My experience is that every time we come here it has been very tough. Always I have the feeling when we come here, we play really good thinking how good they are. We always struggle because we want to score more goals.

"They have weapons. [Wilfried] Zaha is there, [Michael] Olise, [Eberechi] Eze, they are incredible strikers and they have incredible threat. They have composure, great attacking players. It is a question of patience. They will waste time so we have to push to do it.


Picture perfect

Enjoy the best images from today's crucial win


Penalty prise guy

No player has scored more Premier League penalties this season than City's Erling Haaland (5, level with Ivan Toney).

Only Yaya Touré has scored more from the spot in a single campaign for the Citizens (6 in 2013-14).

Spot on!!