After Pep Guardiola’s side was held to a disappointing draw by battling West Brom, the Manchester City manager said “you have to win this kind of game.”
Two point-blank stoppage-time saves were made by Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to deny City victory and leave Guardiola’s side sixth in the Premier League table, five points from the top.
“It’ll be a long season, but we’ve got to win here if you want to be up there and we can’t do it. We created chances, we controlled it but you have to win. This game works on results.”
When Ilkay Gundogan applied a first-time finish to Raheem Sterling’s cutback after half an hour, City seemed on track for a customary home victory against West Brom. But before half-time, the midfielder’s first goal in 22 games was canceled out when a volley on Semi Ajayi’s turn, which seemed to be going deep, deflected off Ruben Dias and wrong-footed City keeper Ederson.
In all competitions, it was the first goal City had conceded in 608 minutes and was followed by a courageous backs-to-the-wall effort from the visitors of Slaven Bilic, who defended heroically.
It seems that the argument might still not be enough to hold Bilic in the job, probably coming as early as Wednesday with the 52-year-departure. old’s
Uncertainty about the future of Bilic was fuelled by his admission that there were no negotiations over a new deal, with his existing one set to expire in the summer.