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Crystal Palace chairman fumes as two decisions go against them in defeat at Man City

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish fumes as two big decisions seemingly go against them in their defeat at Man City on Saturday.

Erling Haaland scored a 19-minute second-half hat-trick as the Premier League champions fought back from two goals down to claim a thrilling victory.

The visitors looked were on course to win at Etihad Stadium for the second consecutive season when they led 2-0 at the break through John Stones’ own goal and Joachim Andersen’s powerful header.

However, City’s first effort on target saw them reduce the arrears shortly after the break when Bernardo Silva’s shot deflected off Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp past Vicente Guaita.

Haaland nodded in Phil Foden’s cross to draw Pep Guardiola’s side level, then prodded in Stones’ wayward shot to seal the comeback.

With Palace chasing the game, the Norwegian was on hand again to round off the scoring, getting on the end of Ilkay Gundogan’s pass and holding off Joel Ward to cap a superb performance, turning Pep’s frown upside down and was replaced to a a standing ovation from the home fans.

The win sees City finish the day second in the Premier League table, two points behind Arsenal who beat Fulham in the late kick-off, Palace however sit 13th with four points from four games.

As mentioned, Crystal Palace chairman fumes on social media after the game as two decisions go against them in defeat at Man City.

Ederson had a Loris Karius moment but was seemingly let off the hook after the gaffe. It saw the visitors have the ball in the net for a third time when Jordan Ayew seized on the error from Ederson.

The Brazilian shotstopper made a save to prevent Cheick Doucouré from distance and he was keen to get City playing quickly as always.

However, Ederson’s attempted throw out got a touch off Odsonne Edouard and went right in the path of Ayew, who easily netted.

The Ghana international was ready to celebrate, only to see referee Graham Scott blow his whistle and chalked off the goal.

City players had stopped to appeal but there was many others who felt as though the incident was no different to Karim Benzema nicking the ball of Karius in the 2018 Champions League final.

Steve Parish wrote: “Fair enough @mancity played very well today in the second half and congrats to them, but two big decisions went against us today – Its very difficult to understand how this was disallowed – the ball has clearly left the keepers hand in the direction he wanted it to. #cpfc #epl”

Another moment that left people baffled was when Haaland escaped any kind of booking went he went in with a high boot. Again Steve Parish said: This is the second one – not even a yellow 🤷‍♂️ No VAR check as far as was communicated #epl #cpfc”


Manchester City hat-trick hero Erling Haaland: “Really good feeling. A proud moment for me and my family. We keep going. These games are why I’m here – to turn things around when there are difficult times.

“[My dad] will probably say he had more goals in the Premier League than me so I will chase that!

“In the end it was about small adjustments. We were almost there sometimes in the first half so it was about getting it done. This is what we do. It’s a good feeling.

“It’s really important to have this kind of mentality and we should get it even more. There is more we can do on set-pieces. We have to keep working hard.

“It’s not easy to come to a new club, a new country so it has been a good start. I think we are all [his family] proud today.”

Crystal Palace midfielder Eberechi Eze: “It’s a difficult one to take. It wasn’t enough in the second half. We were getting our chances. When you sit off against a team like this then eventually they will take their chances.

“You know if you soak up the pressure it won’t be enough eventually with the players they have got. We worked until the end, put in a good performance but it wasn’t enough. We did well in the first half but it’s a difficult one.

“We know that if we keep making performances like that we will win more games than not. Hard one but we keep going.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to Sky Sports: “We have the ability to score goals but lately we are conceding a lot. It’s nice leaving in this situation and to have a comeback. You are in the margin when this happens sometimes.

“They were well organised and we didn’t do what we need to do in these types of games. What [Erling Haaland] has done today he has done all his career. It is nothing special.

“Bernardo Silva is the type of player that when things go bad he can step forward. He is maybe the best that we have when things go wrong.

“We dropped two points against Newcastle but we could have won with the chances we had and we learn that process. Today it was good.”

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: “It is a tough place to come to play. We did really well in the first half and managed to score those two goals. We knew it would be a different City team in the second half.

“We conceded too early then momentum was on their side and it was hard to deal with. We were a little less aggressive in the second half, maybe because we ran a lot in the first half. It was difficult for us.

“Of course you have regrets because you are hoping to get something from the game. I am really pleased and happy with the players. We want to compete. We did well against Arsenal, Villa and Spurs and in the cup game. Today we knew how tough it would be. We put our sleeves up and worked well as a team but in the second half it was a bit too much.”


@scotts84: Rule 9.1.2 of the premier league handbook. You cannot go 3 up at City

@josha1995_: Haaland kicking somebody in the face and not even getting a yellow card and then Palace having a 3rd goal disallowed because Ederson threw the ball into a Palace player. Theres no bias though, promise

@sammy_klick: This shouldn’t be a foul

@Malachians: 100%, ridiculous decision

@ChrisHewittLFC: This is obviously a farce, but I can’t find it in myself to get worked up about stuff like this anymore. They’re going to win the league by miles, especially after our awful start. They don’t need any help, and yet they get it by the bucketload. I’m tired. They’ve won.

@DylansBailey: It’s city I don’t know why people still think they don’t get everything their way from the premier league and the refs

@ianyoungkop: If they aren’t going to mic refs up, they should be made to do interviews afterwards. Love to hear the explanation for this one.

@MadnessFc4: Ederson gets away with too many things

@Billy__Piper: Read the rules Stevey

@ldnstu: Yep sure it says – “if the keeper rolls the ball out no opposition player can intercept it before it has reached its intended target”. Ederson should have just launched it straight at the Palace goal 🤣

@Mark_CPFC: Exactly what I said too. They pick and choose who gets what. I know it’s a long time ago but take Eto’os goal for chelsea as the prime example. He kicks the ball away from the keeper when he’s bouncing it and just taps it into an open goal and it was given

@Jayw1983_: They literally make it up as they go along. If it involves that top 6. The arsenal game was a joke tbh. That ref was absolutely dying to give them anything they could as they based the game. Any borderline decisions we’re all arsenals

@SteveCosgrave: Ultimately if Ederson is distributing the ball that close to an opponent, it’s his own fault!

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