Huddersfield 1-2 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling preserves winning streak
By Jack Wilkinson at John Smith's Stadium
Last Updated: 27/11/17 6:28am
Manchester City survived a scare to preserve their club record-equalling winning streak with a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.
Huddersfield had looked on course to repeat their famous victory over Manchester United when Christopher Schindler's header deflected in off Nicolas Otamendi in first-half stoppage-time.
But Raheem Sterling's second-half cameo proved decisive as he won a penalty which Sergio Aguero converted on 47 minutes before the England international bundled home the winner with six minutes remaining.
Aaron Mooy's late free-kick nearly snatched a point for Huddersfield - who had Rajiv van La Parra sent off at full-time following an altercation with Leroy Sane - but Pep Guardiola's men held on for an 11th consecutive Premier League victory to restore their eight-point lead at the top of the table.
David Wagner made three changes as Christopher Schindler returned from suspension alongside the recalled Jonathan Hogg and Tommy Smith. Nicolas Otamendi replaced the injured John Stones at the heart of the Manchester City defence, while Pep Guardiola’s other change saw Sergio Aguero get the nod up front ahead of Gabriel Jesus.
On a bitterly cold afternoon in Yorkshire, City dominated the ball from the get-go and nearly made the perfect start, but Vincent Kompany headed wide from a corner on seven minutes before Aguero had an effort ruled out for offside six minutes later.
Huddersfield went on to withstand a City onslaught and the pressure almost told on 34 minutes as Kevin De Bruyne released Aguero, but Schindler's last-gasp block kept the visitors at bay.
City mounted a late charge before the interval as Otamendi fired over from the edge of the area as, while Jonas Lossl was on hand to deny Aguero, parrying his shot into the path of Raheem Sterling who pulled the rebound wide.
For all of City's dominance, though, it was Huddersfield who took the lead. After Mathias Jorgensen headed wide, and Kompany came within inches of turning the ball into his own net, Schindler's near-post flick cannoned off Otamendi to send the raucous home support into raptures.
However, Huddersfield's hopes of adding City to their list of high-profile Premier League scalps lasted just 117 seconds into the second half as Aguero converted a penalty after Scott Malone was penalised for a foul on Sterling.
Sane rattled the Huddersfield crossbar with a free-kick on 57 minutes as City laid siege to the Huddersfield goal, and the pressure finally told as Lossl's save from Gabriel Jesus' effort rebounded off Sterling to complete the turnaround.
Huddersfield: Lossl (6), Smith (7), Malone (6), Schindler (8), Zanka (7), Hogg (7), Mooy (6), Van La Parra (7), Williams (6), Ince (6), Depoitre (6).
Subs: Lowe (5), Quaner (5), Mounie (5).
Manchester City: Ederson (6), Walker (6), Otamendi (6), Kompany (6), Delph (6), De Bruyne (6), Fernandinho (6), D Silva (7), Sterling (9), Sane (7), Aguero (7).
Subs: Gundogan (5), Mangala (5), Jesus (6).
Man of the Match: Raheem Sterling
- Manchester City have won their last 11 away matches in all competitions - a record for a top-flight club in English football history.
- City's 37-point tally after 13 games is the best return in the history of the Premier League - only one other side in top-flight history won as many as 37 (Liverpool in 1990/91, also 37).
- Man City recovered from a half-time deficit to win in an away Premier League game for the first time since April 1995 against Blackburn Rovers (3-2).
- Huddersfield have now lost five of their last seven Premier League games (W2), after losing just one of their first six.
- Sergio Aguero has scored against 31 of the 32 opponents he has faced in the Premier League, only failing to do so in one match against Bolton.
- Huddersfield were the first Premier League side since Crystal Palace against Watford in March to register a goal without having a shot on target in the match.
Man of the Match - Raheem Sterling
Sterling's impact was decisive. He salvaged thee points when City's unbeaten record was in real danger of coming up short against a resilient Huddersfield side. He won the penalty for Aguero's equaliser was in the right place to convert the winner, reward for a determined performance.
Manchester City host Southampton at the Etihad on Wednesday night while Huddersfield have a second tough assignment in four days as they travel to Arsenal.