Sterling delights Guardiola but City boss still wants more

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he's happy to see the back of Raheem Sterling after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.

Alejandro Moreno says the score didn't reflect what happened during the match, as Manchester City let Bournemouth hang around in a tough fought victory. Raheem Sterling & Ilkay Gundogan make the bench, Riyad Mahrez and David Silva start in their place.

Watford have leaked 14 goals against City in their last three matches, while their last two fixtures at home to Guardiola's side have resulted in 5-0 and 6-0 thrashings. "People think it's easy for us but that is not the truth, so I like to win in this way", Guardiola said.

Guardiola, who has had no personal involvement in the negotiations, said: "I don't have any info about the club, about (there) being trouble with Leroy".

City were stunned in the 44th minute when Callum Wilson headed Bournemouth's equaliser from a Simon Francis cross.

City hold a significant lead over second placed Liverpool, but they can close the gap back to two points if they beat Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday.

However, despite dominating for the majority of the game, Guardiola's men had to withstand a nervy finish after Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled in five minutes from time.

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However, Gracia's side also had chances before the break against a City defence that appeared to miss Aymeric Laporte as the Frenchman was rotated for the first time in the league this season.

"Positive examples include Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and many others showing that respect for the shirt and showing respect for the club". In first half stoppage time, Brighton found an equaliser through a Shane Duffy header - his third league goal of the season. That's if we are going by the Twitter vote earlier today! Always I said to him: when you work like he works on the pitch, always we will sustain him.

In Aguero's absence, Sterling produced the game-breaking contribution and moved level with his esteemed team-mate on eight Premier League goals this season. Burnley remained in the relegation zone having slipped down to 18th after Cardiff City's 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring with a penalty after 12 minutes before James Maddison netted a brilliant volley to move Leicester up to seventh.

Brighton responded to conceding a goal after 55 seconds - the earliest strike in the Premier League this season - to win at 10-man Huddersfield 2-1, with Romania striker Florin Andone grabbing the victor with his first goal in English soccer.

And in the night's other 7.45pm kick-off, West Ham entertain Cardiff at the London Stadium.

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