Bournemouth boss Howe rues facing 'outstanding' Sterling after record goal

Bournemouth boss Howe rues facing 'outstanding' Sterling after record goal

Bournemouth boss Howe rues facing 'outstanding' Sterling after record goal

Manchester City won their 6th consecutive Premier League game thanks to a much-improved second-half performance against Bournemouth.

Both of City's draws have come away from home - against Wolves and Liverpool - and the Catalan boss is demanding his side show no complacency against sides lower down the table ahead of the trip to Watford.

"It was a good win".

"The good players, they would move for that experience, now maybe they feel after Sheikh Mansour took over they said, "We can win titles here" and they are comfortable with their families in the city and that's why they decide to stay, so it's simple".

"In the second half one action from Raheem Sterling changed the game".

At the end of the match, Sterling was given a stern talking to by his manager Pep Guardiola who did not seem too impressed by the winger's antics. "I don't know what he ate but it will be on the menu for the next games". It looked at that stage as though Guardiola had begun to phase the Argentina striker out of his City team.

MF Bernardo Silva, 7 - Fewer mistakes than the weekend as City dominated possession and worked well with Mahrez as they overloaded on the right-hand side.

But the leaders restored order in the 57th minute as Sterling continued his mastery of Eddie Howe's team.

Leroy Sané played three league games in November, scoring 3 goals and registering 2 assists.

"We spoke about it at half-time but my speech was ridiculous", Guardiola said. They played long balls, attacked the channels.

The Cherries had lost to Newcastle, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City in recent weeks but goals in the opening 22 minutes from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser got them back on track. Rashford was ruled to have fouled Mario Lemina two yards outside the penalty area, and Cedric curled the ball brilliantly over the wall and into the net between De Gea and his near post.

The goal was the Belgian striker's first for his club since the middle of September, a drought lasting 981 minutes.

But seventh-placed United reverted to their spluttering form after the interval and they are now six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, who would increase that gap if they beat Fulham on Sunday.

Crystal Palace ended an eight-game winless run in beating third-to-last Burnley 2-0 to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

DF Vincent Kompany, 7 - Recalled for his first Premier League start in more than a month, and put in a solid display.

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