Manchester City’s title hopes were effectively ended after they lost 2-1 away to Crystal Palace. A late Yaya Toure strike failed to ignite a comeback after Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon had given Alan Pardew’s men a 2-0 lead despite City’s dominance.
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Here’s how the players rated:
GK- Joe Hart 6
Should have perhaps positioned himself better for the second goal, but made some crucial saves when the defence were breached.
RB- Bacary Sagna 6
Attempted to play the offside trap for the opening goal, and was unlucky that the flag did not go up. Made some decent runs which helped his team attack.
CB- Vincent Kompany 6
Made some crunching challenges, but never managed to keep Glenn Murray quiet -something the old Kompany would never fail to do.
CB- Martin Demichelis 7
Slow to react for the first goal, and could perhaps have prevented Murray getting to the ball first, but is understanding the English game better, and has become a calming influence, rather than the liability he seemed to be when he first joined the club.