CommentaryReporting by @mancity


Good afternoon

That's me saying many thanks as always for your company this afternoon and across a very busy first third of the season.

Today was not the result we wanted but overall it has been a very positive first third of the season.

Now we can enjoy the World Cup and look to come back refreshed and with renewed vigour in December.

We'll have more reaction from Pep Guardiola and Phil Foden shortly along with brief highlights. A full-match replay will be available for CITY+ subscribers and on our official Recast channel at midnight.

Thanks for joining me today and we will see you in December...


More from the boss...

"We saw how good they tried and focused they were in training but tactically… we struggled to win the long balls up to Toney.

"You also have to be brilliant in small spaces and we were not today."


Pep's verdict

The boss has given his reaction:

"The better team won. We had a lot of problems and we could not press as they didn’t allow us.

"In this process when they give it to the striker we could not do it when Toney flicked the ball and when he played through the middle he created problems. 


A frustrating afternoon


Let's look to the future

A win  today would have seen us create a new English record of 17 consecutive home wins in all competitions.

It wasn't to be - but the nature of this side is that any setback only sees us return even stronger afterwards.

And I've no doubt that will prove to be the case once again this time round when the action resumes in late December.


'Can't fault City's effort'

Liam Broady's full time reaction:

You can’t fault the effort from the boys today, even KDB blocking it off the line right at the end.

They gave it everything. I don’t think it’s the end of the world this loss. 

You can’t fault the players today, Brentford were clinical.


'Credit to Brentford'

Shay Given's full time verdict:

You have to credit Brentford. City were quite narrow in the attacks today. It was frustrating to watch.

Maybe it was one game too many, we’ve played so many games.

It’s all been crammed in. It looked a little flat.


Here's our official full time verdict


Today's result also means that Arsenal will remain top going into the World Cup break with City in second place.

Frustrating - but plenty of time to come back even stronger in the New Year.