Manchester City struggled to win 3-0 at Huddersfield as they reduced the gap between them and Liverpool to four points again.
Danilo, Sterling and Sane scored the goals for City as they found it hard to break the relegation-threatened Terriers at the John Smith's stadium.
Referee Marriner denied Man City what looked really like an obvious penalty in the 13th minute. Sterling went down from a Kongolo’s challenge inside the area after Kevin De Bruyne had produced an incisive pass from the midfield.
"It looked absolutely stonewall up here. It was so clumsy. It was a penalty. I’ve got no idea why he’s decided to dive in. Raheem Sterling is pointing towards the assistant referee, asking why that wasn't a penalty." Garry Neville argued after Man City's obvious penalty call was waved away.
Danilo scored his first season goal in the 18th minute after his shot from outside the box deflection off Schindler who wanted to duck his header down but the ball changed flight and went past Huddersfield keeper into the bottom corner.
Gundogan skewed his effort wide after Fernnadinho had volleyed the ball from a distance for him in the 39th minute. His bright turn before taking the ball did not turn into a worthwhile mission though. The league defending champions were not playing at the pace they are known for, they committed a lot of mistakes and their passes were horribly wrong. And that looked to disturb Pep Guardiola who seated nervously before half-time.
"Huddersfield has missed a trick here. That opening 45 minutes from City was very poor in terms of the whole complex of the season. The number of errors, the lack of tempo. Pep will get into them at half-time and there is no way they’ll play at the same tempo in the second half." Alex Scott told Sky Sports during the match.
Sterling scored his first Premier League goal in six matches with a fine diving header that came from Leroy Sane’s cross across the goalmouth. It was De Bruyne’s cross that was the initial real build up to the second goal for City. His precise pass for Sane was another trademark pass from the Belgian.
Sane added the third for City after Aguero found him with a fine header inside the box. The second and third goal for City came just inside two minutes and City looked to be on a cruise again.
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"This goal is reminiscent of last season – from one wide man to another. Sterling always gets into those positions at the back post. From the replays, Sane looked just offside though. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant from Sane. I wouldn’t like to play against him. He’s electric. City have gone from first gear to fourth or fifth since the break." Neville added in his description of City's quickfire goals.
- Manchester City are the first team in the top five European leagues to score 100 goals in all competitions this season.
- Manchester City have scored 19 goals in their last three games in all competitions – one more than Huddersfield have managed in their last 36 matches in all competitions (18).
- Huddersfield caretaker manager Mark Hudson played nine Premier League games – his record in those was no wins, one draw and eight defeats – the same record Huddersfield have had in their last nine Premier League games.
- Since the start of last season, Leroy Sané has both scored and assisted in eight Premier League games for Manchester City, at least three more times than any other player at the club (Sterling and Agüero 5).