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Mar 2, 2021 at 8pm UK
Man CityManchester City
4-1
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers
Dendoncker (15' og.), Jesus (80', 90+5'), Mahrez (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Coady (61')
Neto (71')

Pep Guardiola: 'We learned valuable lesson against Wolverhampton Wanderers'

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City scored three late goals after being pegged back by Conor Coady's equaliser.

Pep Guardiola felt Manchester City learned a valuable lesson as they overcame an unexpected Wolves fightback to extend their run of successive wins to 21.

The Premier League leaders struck three times in the final 10 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday to run out convincing 4-1 victors.

Despite being outplayed for much of the game, Wolves had given themselves hope of an unlikely point when Conor Coady – with his side's first effort on goal – equalised on the hour.

Pep Guardiola (right) feels City could learn much from their game against Wolves (Clive Brunskill/PA)

That forced City to rouse themselves for a late charge and manager Guardiola feels that will serve them well as they chase silverware on four fronts.

The City boss said: "We controlled it quite well, except for five minutes. We created chances.

"At 1-1 the players felt how unfair it was, after everything we had done, the first shot on target, but it is a good lesson for the knockout stages because opponents in a high level have good players up front, and they don't need much to punish you."

City took a deserved lead after 15 minutes when Leander Dendoncker turned into his own net attempting to prevent what seemed a certain goal for Raheem Sterling.

They thought they had doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time but Aymeric Laporte's strike was disallowed in a very tight offside call.

They spurned further chances after the break and City were stunned when Wolves captain Coady stooped to guide in his first Premier League goal.

Gabriel Jesus got City back on track in the 80th minute and the Brazilian wrapped up the scoring with the final touch of the game after Riyad Mahrez had also netted.

Guardiola was pleased to see Jesus back on the scoresheet in what has been a difficult campaign for the 23-year-old due to form and fitness issues.

"You cannot imagine how happy we are, all of us, when he scores," said Guardiola. "Strikers live for goals.

"But you can't imagine how many things he does for the team that people don't realise. Here he got two and he helped us with pressing and intensity.

Pep Guardiola has hailed the form of Riyad Mahrez (left) (Clive Brunskill/PA)

"We know it's not in the statistics and not in the highlights, but what he does is amazing."

Mahrez also delivered an impressive performance, starting with the cross which led to the opening goal.

Guardiola said: "In the last games he's been outstanding, he played really well. In every season you have good moments and bad moments but he has a special quality. He is a guy who dances on the pitch.

"He's a fantastic player. It is incredible what he has done and hopefully he can continue this way."

Conor Coady gave Wolves hope of an unlikely point (Paul Ellis/PA)

Wolves' defeat ended their five-game unbeaten run but Coady felt the visitors could take lessons from the game.

The centre-back said: "We need to learn from what we've done because we were right in it, we were defending well, we got it to 1-1.

"We need to learn, we're a young team, learning every week, every single day. We'll look at where we've gone wrong – because it did go wrong, we conceded four goals, and we don't want to do that.

"We'll learn, improve and look forward to Saturday."

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City32235467234474
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd31189461342763
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham31167851391255
5Chelsea31159750311954
6Liverpool31157953371652
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs311471052351749
8Everton30146104138348
9Arsenal31136124335845
10Leeds UnitedLeeds31143144949045
11Aston Villa301351243331044
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves31108133141-1038
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton31106153956-1736
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton31712123338-533
16Burnley3189142542-1733
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3188153251-1932
18Fulham32511162442-1826
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd3142251755-3814
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