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Stones: 'I just decided to pull the trigger!'

Stones: 'I just decided to pull the trigger!'
John Stones has delivered his verdict on his thunderous strike which inspired City to a 2-1 comeback victory over Borussia Dortmund.

The Englishman struck a superb equaliser with ten minutes remaining at the Etihad Stadium, his fifth in the competition in his career, after Jude Bellingham opened the scoring for the visitors.

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The goal sparked Pep Guardiola's men to life, with Erling Haaland netting the winner four minutes after the leveller to keep City top of Group G in the Champions League.

Stones admitted that his advanced positioning meant he decided to have a go.

"I try and take up those positions," he said. "The manager wants us in those sorts of areas for things like that and to control the counter attack as well. 

"We were in good positions to pick up the pieces and it was one of those things. I was getting a few shouts and I just decided to pull the trigger."

Stones, who played at right-back against the German side, also admitted that after an uninspiring first 45 minutes, the players worked things out at the interval and showed their powers of recovery.

"It was difficult, we were not at our best tonight," he admitted.

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"First half we made it difficult, we didn’t use the ball well and had sloppy passes and things like that.

We had some stern words at halftime between each other to change that in the second half and we did that."

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