Instant Reactions - Manchester City v West Brom (31/1/18)
Following today's clash between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Manchester City hosted West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium for an 8pm kick off on Wednesday January 31, with the hosts taking a largely comfortable three nil victory on the day.
Fernandinho opened the scoring in the 19th minute but City had to wait until the second half for goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero to tie the points up.
Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, De Bruyne (Diaz 78), Fernandinho, Silva (Gundogan 39), Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.
Bravo, Danilo, Kompany, Adarabioyo, Y Toure.
Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Hegazi, Nyom, Field (Phillips 55), Yacob, Krychowiak (Barry 33), McClean, Rodriguez, Rondon (Sturridge 78).
Brunt, Myhill, Burke, Harper.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Robert Madley blew the final whistle, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola explained.
'Nice performance, top performance, deserved to win. Three more points. All season Kevin de Bruyne has played an outstanding level. If one of the best players runs like Kevin does, the rest follow him.'
With Guardiola expressing his opinions on Matt Phillips' challenge on Brahim Diaz, he added.
'I just had a nice chat with the official. We have a different opinion, I understand what they say but I disagree. I said what I said, insisting the same. It is what it is. We can have different opinions but in the end always respect for what they do.'
West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew in his comparative interview explained.
'We had one or two senior players missing tonight which was crucial for us. We could not find a way to hurt them. I thought our two strikers did really well tonight, as our keeper did. Daniel Sturridge is a poacher, he almost scored. He will hopefully be a big player we just want to keep him fit. Manchester City were outstanding at times tonight. As a manager I just said to the players hopefully we don't meet them too often. We know we have the quality to get out of trouble, we just need a little bit of luck, get the goals at the right times and have good game management.'