Manchester City 1-1 West Brom: Battling Baggies frustrate stuttering City

Manchester City lost more ground in the Premier League title race as battling West Brom earned a crucial point with a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

City needed a response after their pedestrian Manchester derby performance and took the lead on the half hour thanks to Ilkay Gundogan's clinical strike, but the Baggies hit back before the break as Semi Ajayi's strike deflected in off Ruben Dias (43).

City laid siege to the West Brom goal in the second half but found Sam Johnstone in inspired form as a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick and stoppage-time headers from Gundogan and Raheem Sterling were brilliantly kept out.

The draw leaves City sixth in the table, five points behind leaders Tottenham and Liverpool, while 19th-placed West Brom move to within two points of safety after securing an unexpected yet thoroughly-deserved point.

Player ratings

Man City: Ederson (6), Cancelo (6), Dias (5), Ake (6), Mendy (5), Gundogan (7), Rodri (6), De Bruyne (6), Foden (5), Sterling (5), Jesus (5).

Subs: Walker (5), Aguero (5).

West Brom: Johnstone (9), Furlong (7), Ajayi (8), O’Shea (8), Gibbs (7), Phillips (8), Livermore (7), Gallagher (7), Sawyers (7), Diangana (7), Grant (6).

Subs: Peltier (n/a), Krovinovic (n/a), Austin (6).

Man of the Match: Sam Johnstone

How Baggies claimed priceless point

City looked to be suffering a hangover from Saturday's drab Manchester derby as they dominated possession but found clear-cut openings hard to come by.

Their lethargic start played into the hands of a resilient Baggies outfit, who should have taken the lead inside eight minutes when the ball ricocheted into the path of Karlan Grant, but Ederson saved his tame effort.

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