5 Things We Learned From Crystal Palace & Manchester City's Goalless Draw on Sunday

Manchester City's 18-game Premier League winning streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon as Crystal Palace held the high-flying and free-scoring Citizens to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park. 


A resilient and remarkable, at times, Eagles defence became the first side this season to shut Pep Guardiola's men out for a full 90 minutes, a true testament to their performance. 


The south London side also had two fantastic opportunities to win it as the north west outfit looked for the victory themselves, however neither found a way through, and following the spoils being shared, let's take a look at five things we learned from the truly enthralling contest...

1. Attack Could Be the Best Form of Defence Against City

By no means did Palace take the game to City on Sunday afternoon, with the visitors seeing, as expected, the majority of possession, but the relegation fighters certainly offered more of an attacking threat to the contest than many have before them when coming up against Guardiola's outfit. 


Wilfried Zaha was once again the main outlet for the hosts, with his contests against both Kyle Walker on the left and Danilo on the right, after he switched wings late on, entertaining, if nothing else. 


The Eagles fashioned two clear-cut opportunities to take all three points, with Andros Townsend firing over whilst unmarked from close range with 15 minutes to go and Luka Milivojevic seeing his rather lazy penalty saved by Ederson in stoppage time. 


Palace certainly asked more questions of City than that of Newcastle United's rather over-reserved approach from midweek, and they were rewarded for their efforts by only becoming the second English side this term to take points off the Premier League leaders and have potentially offered others a blue print on how to tackle the dominant force. 

2. An Afternoon of Injuries

Arguably one of the biggest headlines for both sides was the casualties to key figures endured during the relentless 90 minutes at Selhurst Park. 


For a start, I did not know there was more than one stretcher inside the stadium, which was proven in stoppage time as both Kevin De Bruyne and Jason Puncheon had to be carried off after a truly horrific lunge from the Londoner. 


That was after Scott Dann also had to be aided in his retreat from the field after a clash of knees with the Belgian in the first half, and Gabriel Jesus, who was substituted in tears and pictured limping down the tunnel not long after. 


Guardiola has already hinted that the Brazilian could be facing at least two months on the sidelines, and bearing in mind he was the only player who left the pitch by his own accord, things are not looking too promising for either side at this current point. 

3. Palace Really Need to Practice Penalties

Palace seem to have a knack for throwing away three points through sloppy penalties this season, with Milivojevic's effort from 12 yards rather simply kicked away by Ederson in stoppage time. 


The spot kick took a similar path to that of Christian Benteke's against Bournemouth earlier in the campaign, with little conviction or power proving costly in the most important of moments. 


If both had been converted, the Eagles would currently find themselves level on points with Huddersfield in 11th, so no prizes for guessing what Roy Hodgson's next training session will entail. 

4. City Still Missing Something

Far be it from me to criticise City, after all their achievements so far this season are second to none, but looking from afar it does seem Guardiola's outfit are still missing something. 


The reasoning behind a lack of rotation to his starting XI from the outfit that overcame Newcastle 1-0 earlier this week shows either his players have tremendous endurance, or the Spaniard is not 100 per cent confident in the remainder of his squad's ability to implement his game plan. 


The real test for the champions elect will be whether they can avoid a mid-season blip whilst both De Bruyne and Jesus recover from what could be long lay-offs, but do not be surprised to see the Citizens active once again as the transfer window opens on New Year's Day. 

5. Table Tie Up

The Sky Blues only being able to secure a solitary point shortens their gap to now second place Chelsea to 14 points, still not exactly a bad buffer to have, but it is at the foot of the table where the result shows more significance. 


Palace securing a much needed, well deserved and probably unpredicted point against City allowed Hodgson's outfit to climb out of the bottom three once again, meaning they will start 2018 where they hope to find themselves midway through it.


The draw takes the Eagles level on points with Newcastle United and a win away from Brighton & Hove Albion, who currently reside in 12th. 

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