Guardiola wants killer touch from wasteful City

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 21 Oct 2019

Pep Guardiola called on his Manchester City side to be more clinical after they brushed aside in-form Crystal Palace 2-0 in the English Premier League.

The defending champions travelled to London with questions over their ability to sustain a title challenge after two defeats in four league games but produced some incisive football without applying their usual killer touch.

City had 21 shots but Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey kept his side in the game and the visitors had their own 'keeper, Ederson, to thank for a couple of outstanding saves at the other end.

"We played good, created a lot of chances," said City boss Guardiola. "Unfortunately, we could not convert the chances we had but it was an important three points ... hopefully we can be more clinical."

First-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva secured the points for City.

Elsewhere, Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores complained that the Video Assistant Referee is not objective after Dele Alli's controversial late equalizer for Tottenham was allowed to stand in a 1-1 draw with the Hornets.

Sanchez Flores seemed set for his first win since returning to Watford last month as the visitors led through Abdoulaye Doucoure's early goal until four minutes from time. But a mix-up between goalkeeper Ben Foster and Kiko Femenia handed Alli an equalizer.

The goal was reviewed for a potential handball by Alli, but Watford were furious it was not ruled out for an apparent push by Harry Kane on Christian Kabasele.

Sanchez Flores said: "It's very weird, you think VAR is helping football but then it's not."

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