Man City suffer shock defeat by Crystal Palace

Andros Townsend's screamer gave Palace the lead

The Reds beat Wolverhampton on Friday and then saw Crystal Palace rally from a goal down to score two against Manchester City before halftime.

Jeffrey Schlupp cancelled out an early opener from Ilkay Gundogan and Andros Townsend then put the Eagles in front through a sensational long-range volley after City failed to clear their lines, before Luka Milivojevic converted from the spot to give his side some breathing space.

With the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by four points, Guardiola refused to be drawn into talk of panic, crediting Palace for their triumph and urging a response from the Champions on Boxing Day.

City had 19 shots but just five on frame, while Palace scored on all three of its shots on goal in this one, winning despite having only 21 percent possession.

It's the reason why they'll spend Christmas Day four points behind their rivals and why back-to-back trips to Leicester City and Southampton in the next few days have suddenly taken on huge importance.

Heading into this weekend of matches before Christmas, Jurgen Klopp claimed that Manchester City don't have any weaknesses.

And Hodgson was quick to play up the work put in by his team as they racked up one of the shock results of the Premier League season.

Another substitute, Kevin De Bruyne, pulled one back late on but Palace held on to move up to 14th and make Hodgson the first English manager to win at City since 2010.

Palace survive nervy finish to stun Man City
Result: Andros Townsend scores stunner as Crystal Palace shock Manchester City

Crystal Palace, bouyed by a goal of the season contender from winger Andros Townsend, pulled off the biggest upset of the Premier League season to date at the Etihad, ending Manchester City's flawless home record in the process.

The Man City manager believed this to be a crucial turning point in the game.

"We certainly didn't come up here thinking we had no chance or this is the kind of game we had to write off".

"When you win I am a genius, when you lose I am not good", Guardiola said.

In the late match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take charge of Manchester United for the first time when his new club visits Cardiff. Ten shots on goal in their last three games and two goals in their last five won't cut it. Claudio Ranieri was brought in to right the ship, and so far the team has shown no improvement.

The hosts, looking for a second successive win, were unable to find a way past a Fulham side who remain bottom of the standings but have stopped shipping goals at the rate they did before coach Claudio Ranieri succeeded Slavisa Jokanovic.

David Brooks continued his fine run of form with a superb brace to earn Bournemouth a 2-0 home win over 10-man Brighton and Hove Albion.

The second half began in the same illogical way that the first half ended.

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