Wednesday 13 December 2017

Burnley v Manchester City - story of the match

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scored twice at Turf Moor
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scored twice at Turf Moor

Sergio Aguero scored twice as a much-changed Manchester City side came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.

Pep Guardiola left out John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan altogether and named Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva on the bench as City returned to action 63 hours after drawing with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.

Aguero was fit after picking up a minor foot problem and, although his goals will not win any awards, they were enough to take City back to the top of the Premier League table for a couple of hours at least.

The first goalscorer was far less predictable, Dean Marney scoring for the first time in the Premier League for seven years and in some style, but Aguero equalised eight minutes before the break and then netted the winner on the hour mark.


"Dean Marney 1 multi-millionaire misfits 0" - Former political aide Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) was clearly delighted with Dean Marney's opener.


Sergio Aguero. It was hardly a match that showcased the Argentina forward at his scintillating best and his overall contribution around the park was not game-defining. But in a game that might easily have cost his side points, the poacher's instinct kicked in on two occasions that secured the win.


Marney's superbly-struck volley would have looked at home in the scrapbook of any one of City's multimillion-pound internationals. An infrequent scorer, to say the least, Marney has nevertheless defied expectations and become a key cog in Sean Dyche's hard-working side. Here, he briefly enjoyed a moment of glory to go with his graft.


It has been 1,664 days since Paul Robinson last appeared in the Premier League and 10 months between signing for Burnley and making his debut. His unexpected chance came due to a calf injury to Tom Heaton, who had played 142 consecutive league games since joining the Clarets.



Paul Robinson: 7 (out of 10)

Matt Lowton: 6

Michael Keane: 7

Ben Mee: 6

Stephen Ward: 7

Steven Defour: 5

Jeff Hendrick: 5

George Boyd: 6

Dean Marney: 8

Johann Berg Gudmundsson: 6

Sam Vokes: 6


Scott Arfield (for Marney): 5

James Tarkowski (for Gudmundsson): 7

Ashley Barnes (for Defour): 5

Man City

Claudio Bravo: 6

Bacary Sagna: 6

Nicolas Otamendi: 7

Aleksandar Kolarov: 6

Gael Clichy: 6

Fernando: 8

Fernandinho: 7

Yaya Toure: 7

Nolito: 6

Raheem Sterling: 5

Sergio Aguero: 8


Lerory Sane (for Sterling, 57): 6

Kevin De Bruyne (for Nolito): 6

Jesus Navas (for Aguero): 5


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