City up for the fight

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailed his side’s fighting spirit after they fought back from behind to win 2-1 at Huddersfield.

Raheem Sterling’s fortunate late winner gave City the three points after they recovered from the shock of falling behind to a Nicolas Otamendi own goal on the stroke of half-time.

Sterling was himself fouled to give Sergio Aguero the chance to equalise from the penalty spot in the opening minute of the second half, while a once-promising day for Huddersfield ended badly when Rajiv van la Parra was sent off after the final whistle.

Guardiola, whose side have dropped points in just one of their 13 Premier League games this season, said: “We said that we needed this situation to happen – you have to live it, to be in trouble.

“I was not talking about winning, losing or drawing the game, I’m talking about not giving up, being positive all the time, being focused on what we have to do.

“We are not going to finish (the season) unbeaten, it is impossible. Because there are games every three days and you have to play a lot of games like this.

“But to fight to avoid that, mentally, and in the way we want to play, is fantastic. We deserved to win because we created more chances and we dominated.”

Guardiola praised Sterling’s match-wining influence – and said the former Liverpool forward can still make a lot of improvements.

Guardiola added: “He is still young and he can still improve. He is winning games and now he is a winning player.

“It is not just about scoring goals, he is now strong and keeping the ball. I am impressed but he is still 22 years old, he can do a lot of things to improve and if he wants to learn we will be there to help him.”

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