By Alan Duffy
Manchester City’s title aspirations were given another kick in the privates after the Premier League champions went down 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Monday night.
The Citizens dominated the first period, with Julian Speroni producing a number of fine saves and Sergio Aguero hitting the post.
However, it was the hosts who would open the scoring on 34 minutes, when Glenn Murray scored from close-range, albeit with more than a whiff of offside (for both the finish and the initial header on)…
Soon after the re-start, things went from bad to worse for the Citizens, when Jason Puncheon fired home a superb free-kick after Fernandinho had felled Murray on the edge of the box.
The Brazilian midfielder almost made amends for his rash challenge on Murray later on, only to be denied by a goal-line clearance from James MacArthur.
However, Yaya Touré did fire home on 78 minutes to set up a nervy end to the game for the Eagles. But Alan Pardew’s men held on to secure a famous win.
Palace leapfrog Everton into 11th place while Manuel Pellegrini’s side find themselves in the unfamiliar position of fourth in the table, a massive nine points behind leaders and Champions-elect Chelsea.
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