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Delph Calls For Calm

Delph Calls For Calm

Fabian Delph admits Manchester City’s shock loss to Crystal Palace was a huge blow, but says there is no need to panic. The title favourites unexpectedly went down 3-2 to the Londoners at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The result left the champions trailing Premier League leaders Liverpool by four points but, with the season just short of the halfway point, there is plenty of time to turn the situation around.

“It’s a massive setback but at the end of the day it’s a very long season,” said England international Delph. “We’re not focused on Liverpool or on any team other than ourselves.”

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City did force themselves ahead against the Eagles through Ilkay Gundogan but were then stunned as Roy Hodgson’s spirited side hit back through Jeffrey Schlupp and with a wonder goal from Andros Townsend.

Townsend’s stunning volley – a ferocious strike measured at 29 yards by TV broadcasters – is already being hailed as the goal of the season by many and left City reeling.

Kyle Walker then conceded a penalty with a rash challenge seconds after Townsend hit the post and Luka Milivojevic made the game safe despite a late – and fortuitous – Kevin De Bruyne reply.

Delph said: “I felt we were in control for the whole game but they’ve scored two world-class goals, and you have to take your hat off to that – they are not goals you see every day, so fair play to them.

“We will always analyse every performance and see what we could have done better in different areas of the pitch, but with those two goals there is nothing you can do. “We look at ourselves and we had chances. We stayed in control, stayed calm, but came up short.”

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