Manchester City were left eight points behind Liverpool after a 2-0 home defeat by a Wolves side that wasted early chances but took the points thanks to Adama Traor

Wolves opener had been coming when Adama Traor finished coolly past Ederson with only 10 minutes remaining. By the 95th-minute of the contest the Spaniard had added a second and Manchester Citys patched-up defence had proved the liability that was Pep Guardiolas concern when Nicols Otamendi and Fernandinho became the centre-back pairing because of injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.

City had dominated the ball throughout but lacked verve near Rui Patrcios goal and were vulnerable at the back all afternoon.

Traors first strike, in particular, was all of this in microcosm. A City attack broke down and Ral Jimnez made a mug of Otamendi then found Traor, who finished coolly. For his second, Fernandinho was exposed, Rben Neves put Traor through and again he made no mistake.

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Manchester City players are disconsolate after Wolves second goal guaranteed their defeat. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

It was Wolves first Premier League win over City in nine years, since David Edwardss 57th-minute goal secured a 2-1 victory in October 2010.

The result means Nuno Esprito Santos side have a fine and deserved victory, and Liverpool boast an eight-point lead over Guardiolas champions of the past two seasons.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 8 14 24
2 Man City 8 18 16
3 Arsenal 8 2 15
4 Leicester 8 7 14
5 Chelsea 8 4 14

Only eight games have been played so there is enough time to claw the deficit back. But what will concern Citys manager is how sluggish his players look. They had done so, too, at Everton last weekend before eventually winning 3-1.

This was Citys first home league defeat since going down 3-2 to Crystal Palace on 22 December of last year, a month in which they lost three times in the competition. This reverse follows that at Norwich three weeks ago.

The experienced and garlanded Guardiola will not panic. But given Liverpool have won all of their league matches, the manager will need the impending international break to regroup ahead of resuming the championship defence in a fortnight.

More to follow

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

 

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