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Kelechi and samir

Kelechi and samir

Cometh the hour, cometh the Kelechi…

City’s 125th different Premier League goalscorer could not wipe the smile from his face after climbing off the bench to score with his first touch against Crystal Palace.

Kelechi Iheanacho was introduced after 89 minutes in a tough, goalless match at Selhurst Park and promptly netted his first Premier League goal after reacting quickest to Samir Nasri’s spilled shot.

The Nigerian, so impressive on pre-season for the first team, was grateful to Manuel Pellegrini for handing him his opportunity.

“It means so much to me,” he beamed. “I'm happy and very grateful and I thank the manager for introducing me.

“The fans went crazy when I scored. We are all happy.”

Kelechi

It had proved to have been the toughest assessment of City’s season so far as Crystal Palace went toe-to-toe with the league’s only team with a 100% record.

Just when it looked as though the game was petering out to a goalless draw, Kelechi came up with the goods and he’s hoping for more opportunities to shine in the coming weeks.

“Palace is a great team - they have done well to be second in the Premier League table," the Nigerian declared.

“I will try to do my best in in training and in games if I'm introduced. I'm hoping to do great for the team.

“It's not easy. We have great players here but I have to keep working hard.

“We are much stronger this season with quality players. We are going to go all the way.”

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