Manchester City travelled to Huddersfield to take on a side that has more than held their own since entering the Premier League. When looking at the costs of the teams and the names on the teamsheet, one would assume that this would be an easy three points for the Citizens but that wasn’t to be the case.
On the stroke of half-time, Huddersfield took a shock lead following a Nicolas Otamendi own goal. City had been the dominant team but their final ball and touch was letting them down as they sturuggled to break down a resilient Huddersfield. Their lead didn’t last long though as in the second minute of the second half, City were awarded a penalty after Sterling was dragged down by Scott Malone which left Aguero put the kick away.
This was a game that needed some luck, and City have been riding that for the past few months and lady luck struck again. In the 83rd minute City scored the winner as a Gabriel Jesus shot was saved and rebounded off the knee of Sterling into the back of the net.
It was an 18th win a row for City which was a new club record and they stay eight points clear of the chasing pack.
After the game David Wagner said "This was a little bit what we wanted to do" talking about the robust exchanges."To try to create a more physical football match rather than a technical football match.
If you make it comfortable for an opponent like Manchester City so that they can enjoy their football, then you are chanceless. You have to create an atmosphere on the grass and in the stands that shows you have passion.”
Another team riding their luck was Arsenal. For the second season in a row, a controversial decision gifted Arsenal the three points against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Arsenal huffed and puffed throughout the course of the game but without their chief playmaker Mesut Ozil, they failed to create meaningful chances throughout the game and Nick Pope in the Burnley goal was hardly tested.
In fact, it was Petr Cech throughout the game that made the important save, one specifically from Johann Gudmundsson that was tipped onto the post. However in second half stoppage time, a ball was clipped into the box and Ramsey was adjudged to have been bundled over in the box and Arsenal were gifted a penalty.
"It looked a clear penalty, I’d have to watch again," Wenger said of the penalty. "But there was one on Bellerin as well, I can understand why they (Burnley) were disappointed but from outside it looked a penalty. Alexis Sanchez dispatched the spot kick and Arsenal escaped with the three points and moved into the Champions League places.
In the other game on Sunday Southampton put their scoring woes behind them and systematically took apart a hapless Everton side at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Charlie Austin was reintroduced into the starting line-up and he took full advantage of his opportunity by scoring two classic centre forward headers.
Steven Davis and Dusan Tadic added the other two goals while Gylfi Sigurdsson’s wonder strike on the stroke of half time was nothing more than an afterthought after the final whistle.
Interim manager David Unsworth isn’t putting himself in a strong position if he is truly campaigning for the managerial role on a full time basis.
His side looked lost throughout the game and the Saints ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in the end.