Nitty Gritty Burnley Rattle Manchester City As Pep Screams For His Superstars To Hold It Up In The Corner! Match Highlights. Player Ratings. Manager Comments, And Stats.
By: Marc Gingell
City – Nitty And Gritty!
When it comes to ‘Nitty Gritty’ it’s not something you think about with Manchester City who are normally in cruise control as they blow teams away.
Whereas Burnley, and Sean Dyche, put the ‘N’ in Nitty and ‘G’ in Gritty. But Sean’s happy as his battling Burnley side, despite losing and not even winning a corner, forced City into Nitty and Gritty!
|28-04-2019||Turf Moor||Burnley||0-1||Manchester City|
|KO:14:00||ATT: 21,605||Sergio Agüero 63′|
|REF: P Tierney|
Sergio Agüero scored the all-important goal in the 63rd minute of this game after Burnley had battled in a typical Burnley way. They put their bodies on the line as City relentlessly pressed forward and, if City found a gap, Tom Heaton stood firm behind his teammates.
With Pep Guardiola, ready to send on Gabriel Jesus to support Agüero, and not replace him. Kun Agüero, as he so often does, stood up to the plate.
As the ball, bobbled around Burnley’s box as it had so often in this game, Agüero took control. At first, he missed his shot, which might have thrown Heaton, but then he wrapped his foot around it and finally beat flying defenders bodies and Heaton. Matthew Lowton, on the line, cleared but the ball had crossed by the smallest margin. 25.3 millimetres to be exact.
Four Central Defenders!
By the end of the game, Manchester City had four central defenders on the pitch with Pep, like most managers winning 1-0 with a few minutes to go, bellowing instructions for this team to keep the ball in the corner. Something that pleased Dyche and exactly the same tactics he’s employed many times!
Burnley: Heaton (7), Lowton (7), Tarkowski (7), Mee (8), Taylor (6), Hendrick (6), Cork (7), Westwood (7), McNeil (5), Wood (4), Barnes (5)
Subs: Vydra (5), Gudmundsson (6).
Manchester City: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Kompany (6), Laporte (7), Zinchenko (6), Bernardo Silva (7), David Silva (7), Gundogan (6), Sterling (6), Sane (6), Aguero (7)
Subs: Jesus (7), Stones (n/a), Otamendi (n/a)
Man of the match: Sergio Aguero
Burnley are winless in their last seven meetings with Man City in all competitions (D1 L6) since a 1-0 win in March 2015.
Man City have beaten Burnley 5-0 twice this season in all competitions. No team has ever scored 5+ goals against another three times in a single season in English Football League history.
Excluding teams to have won the Premier League title themselves, Burnley have the best win ratio against reigning Premier League champions than any other side in the competition’s history (44 per cent – P9 W4 D1 L4).
17 of Man City’s last 22 goals in all competitions against Burnley have come in the second half of matches, including eight of their 10 this season.
Burnley are looking to win three consecutive home league games for the first time since a run of five ending in January 2017.
Burnley have won just one of their last 15 home Premier League games against ‘big six’ opponents (W1 D2 L12), though it was their last such match at Turf Moor against Tottenham.
Burnley have scored at least once in their last 12 home Premier League games, their longest such run since their first 15 games at Turf Moor in the competition.
Man City striker Sergio Aguero has scored eight goals in his last seven meetings with Burnley in all competitions.
Burnley’s Chris Wood has had a hand in five goals in his last three Premier League games (3 goals, 2 assists), after a run of five games without being involved in any.
Ashley Barnes has scored 11 Premier League goals for Burnley this season – no player has ever netted more in a single campaign in the competition for the Clarets.
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