Sterling's value continues to rise

Premier League:
Huddersfield Town 1 Manchester City 2

RAHEEM Sterling's value continues to rise as he once again came to Manchester City's rescue.

The 22-year-old won the penalty that drew the teams level and then bundled home the winner in the dying minutes.

It saw the former Liverpool player pass his best goal tally for a season . . . and we are only in November.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner had borrowed Jose Mourinho's bus as he kept everyone behind the ball. Unlike other teams City have faced this season, Huddersfield put no pressure on keeper Ederson or his defence, so the game resembled a training ground exercise of attack v defence.

City created a number of chances with Sergio Aguero having one shot well saved by Jonas Lossl. Sterling looked favourite to fire the rebound into the empty net, but his effort was well blocked.

City defender Nicolas Otamendi was unlucky not to find the net with a superb shot from the edge of the box after being set up by Aguero.

The home side had a few half chances but rarely threatened Ederson's goal - until first half injury time.

Tom Ince's corner was headed on by Christopher Schindler and diverted into his own goal by Otamendi to send the home fans into raptures.

But City showed their intent straight from the restart and should have been awarded a penalty within a minute when Sterling was brought down by Lossl.

Referee Craig Pawson waved away those appeals, but a minute later, he pointed to the spot when Sterling was bundled over by Scott Malone.

City's record goalscorer Aguero stepped up and confidently fired in the equaliser.

For the next 40 minutes, City piled on the pressure. Ederson was a virtual spectator, but had to be alert on a couple of occasions.

And with just a few minutes of normal time remaining, Sterling started a move which ended with him getting on the end of a loose ball after Lossl had parried Gabriel Jesus' shot.

Quite fortuitously, the ball rebounded off Sterling and into the net.

This made Huddersfield finally go on the offensive, giving City an uncomfortable five minutes of injury time.

As the referee blew for full-time, Rajiv van La Parra pushed Leroy Sané in the face and was shown the red card.

City coach Pep Guardiola described the match as a “proper Premier League” clash, adding that the victory gave him more satisfaction than some of the heavy defeats City have inflicted on teams.

The win leaves City eight points ahead of Manchester United and a hefty 11 points ahead of Chelsea.

Amazingly, it was the first time City had won an away goal in which they had trailing at half-time since 1995.

It was also City's 11th consecutive away win in all competitions – a new record – and their 18th win on the trot, home and away.

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