IT was one other a kind of ‘Dias’ for Manchester Metropolis – the issue is they’re coming spherical too typically for Pep Guardiola’s males proper now.
An personal objective from record-signing Ruben Dias simply earlier than half-time denied City in a sport they fully dominated.
West Brom earned a degree on the Etihad by way of a Ruben Dias personal objectiveCredit score: Reuters
Gundogan celebrated his objective with Sterling after going 1-0 up towards West BromCredit score: Mark Robinson – Instances Newspapers Ltd
And as soon as once more the as soon as free-scoring house aspect couldn’t discover the objectives they wanted.
This time it was former Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone who denied them.
The Baggies No1 had a busy night time right here – making excellent saves from Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling.
However as Christmas approaches, Metropolis have effectively and actually misplaced their sparkle.
And until they’ll discover it once more rapidly discover it once more they might discover their title hopes over earlier than the decorations come down.
The late winner by Wolves earlier within the night meant Metropolis kicked off the sport again in tenth place – hardly what they anticipated with nearly a 3rd of the season gone.
And it may have gotten worse because the struggling Baggies had the primary huge probability of the sport.
Conor Gallagher’s cross bounced off Joao Cancelo into the trail of Karlan Grant, whose low shot was pushed away by Ederson.
Pep Guardiola wished loads of extra-time for his aspectCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
The Metropolis chief was concerned in an animated dialogue with the fourth officialCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Guardiola noticed his aspect slip behind within the title raceCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Gundogan had earlier given Man Metropolis the lead on the EtihadCredit score: Reuters
Metropolis have gone six video games with out conceding a objective heading into this – not many have come nearer than the £15million former Huddersfield man.
A born once more John Stones has been a key a part of that and has rightly been praised by Guardiola – however he was rested for this one.
Equally shocking was the choice to go together with Nathan Ake forward of £57m man Aymeric Laporte, who was as soon as once more on the bench.
In distinction, the Baggies have the leakiest defence within the high flight – with 25 objectives conceded of their 12 video games earlier than this one.
But within the first quarter they coped fairly comfortably with what Metropolis needed to provide going ahead.
A nook from De Bruyne discovered the top of Rodri however he may solely direct it onto the roof of the web.
Any Metropolis followers tuning in hoping for a elevate after the dismal Manchester derby on Saturday may need been disenchanted by the opening – however their crew had been having a lot of the ball.
And it lastly paid dividends on the half hour as Cancelo swapped passes with Sterling who discovered himself with house on the appropriate.
He pulled it again for Gundogan who swept previous Johnstone for his first Premier League objective in a yr.
Guardiola persists with enjoying each Gundogan and Rodri – a lot to the frustration of many supporters who really feel it’s too defensive.
A Ruben Dias personal objective noticed West Brom pull stage earlier than the breakCredit score: EPA
But right here the German worldwide popped up with a objective simply when it regarded prefer it may flip right into a irritating night time for the house aspect.
The Baggies knew they must come out extra now and so they nearly grabbed a direct response as Gallagher curled a 20-yard shot inches extensive.
De Bruyne picked out Cancelo with a pin-point nook from the left however the full-back couldn’t direct his volley on track.
However it was the guests who grabbed a shock equaliser simply earlier than half-time as Metropolis did not clear their traces from a free-kick and it was headed into the hazard zone by Romaine Sawyers.
It fell for defender Semi Ayaji who turned on the sting of the field and acquired his shot away but it surely heading extensive.
It hit the back-tracking Ruben Dias and wrong-footed Ederson for a scruffy however much-needed equaliser for the visiting aspect.
The Portuguese centre-back has hardly put a foot mistaken since he joined earlier than the switch deadline in October – and will rely himself barely unfortunate there.
It was November 21 the final time Metropolis conceded a objective – greater than 600 minutes of soccer have handed since – but it surely left them with all of it to do once more.
A header from Gabriel Jesus – who has not scored in his final six video games – planted a header simply over from a Gundogan nook.
West Brom stole a degree on the Etihad in a significant blow to Guardiola and CoCredit score: Reuters
Then the Brazilian ahead nodded down for Sterling, whose volley was blocked at his close to publish by Johnstone.
There was hypothesis over the way forward for Baggies boss Slaven Bilic in latest weeks however his crew had been giving him every part right here.
Metropolis had been nearly camped within the opposition half however nothing was falling for them as Phil Foden tried an overhead kick which went extensive.
De Bruyne acquired performed by way of on the appropriate however Johnstone as soon as once more acquired down to save lots of at his close to publish.
With the minutes ticking by, Guardiola threw on Sergio Aguero to attempt to make the breakthrough.
The Argentine climbed off the bench to attain towards Marseilles final week when it did not actually matter – they actually wanted one now although.
He fired one effort extensive De Bruyne’s low free-kick that was pushed away by Johnstone.
He teed up Gundogan whose header regarded sure to go in till Johnstone pushed out a left leg to save lots of.
And the keeper repeated the trick when he acquired down to save lots of Sterling’s header deep into stoppage time.