Phil Foden spared Pep Guardiola’s blushes as the England midfielder came off the bench to earn Manchester City a point in a 1-1 away draw at West Ham United.
It was yet another frustrating fixture on the road for the Citizens, who continue to struggle to assert their usual dominance on games as they find themselves in an unfamiliar 12th-place.
Club record-signing Ruben Dias was making his third league appearance and was expected to face his biggest test, West Ham’s Michail Antonio’s physicality the threat.
The England forward backed into the Portuguese defender to score an acrobatic effort with the Hammers’ first real attack of the game to go ahead.
Guardiola responded to falling behind, taking out Sergio Aguero and bringing on Foden at half-time, a change which yielded dividend six minutes later, the young English midfielder with a turn and shot to level for City.
Despite having the upper hand in the latter stages of the game, Manchester City failed to convert their chances, notably Raheem Sterling missing a big opportunity with just the goalkeeper to beat.
Crystal Palace beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage to go fifth on the league table.
Jairo Reidewald put the Eagles ahead inside eight minutes, converting Wilfred Zaha’s no-look pass.
Michy Batshuayi turned provider for Zaha to double Palace’s lead, although the Ivorian hit his knee against the post enroute to scoring, but the knock wasn’t enough to prevent him from completing the game.
Substitute Aboubakar Kamara was shown a straight red card but despite the numerical disadvantage, captain Tom Cairney netted an excellent goal to halve the deficit for Fulham who remain bottom of the league table.
In other results, Manchester United and Chelsea played out an uneventful goalless draw in rainy conditions at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford could easily have won the game right at the death for the Red Devils but Edouard Mendy produced a stunning save to deny the forward and keep a rare Chelsea clean sheet.
The major talking point of the game was a blatant foul on Cesar Azpilicueta by Harry Maguire during a corner kick routine but the referee surprisingly failed to consult with the pitch side monitor to review the situation.
It was a second clean sheet and third draw of the season for Chelsea who are sixth on the table, while Manchester United’s wait for a first home win continues.
Diogo Jota was the match-winner on his first league start at Anfield as Liverpool secured a come from behind 2-1 win against Sheffield United.
Sander Berge put the Blades ahead from the spot after Fabinho gave away the penalty.
Roberto Firmino drew the Reds level before the half-time interval and Jota was in the right position to head in Sadio Mane’s cross to ensure Liverpool earned a first win in four league games and move into second-place.
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