Manchester City overcame another Fernandinho crimson card to beat Burnley 2-1 with goals from Gael Clichy and substitute Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City had to play almost two thirds of a fractious most effective League match at Etihad Stadium with 10 guys after Fernandinho was once pushed aside for a third time in six games after a two-footed tackle.
It is to be noted that a rare strike rate was witnessed from Clichy and a very supreme effort from Aguero. Aguero who starts on the bench very successfully earned Manhchester City the points even though the last 20 minutes of the game were very nerve wrecking as Ben Mee was scrambled.
Moreover, Claudio Bravo make a fine late save from Michael Keane and that very successfully helped them prevent Burnley from scoring a point.
Although Manchister City started well but they found it a bit difficult to survive. Kelechi Iheanacho, hoping to justify his selection of Aguero, which had come as a surprise,, had an early opportunity but he somehow managed to let go of the opportunity and failed to get the ball around Tom Heaton. The Clarets keeper was quick enough and scrambled to deny Raheem Sterling in a fine double save.
Iheanacho got behind the defence again when he raced onto a good pass from Yaya Toure but Heaton again denied him, beating away his shot.
Sterling launched a lightning counter-attack but Jesus Navas could not pick out a teammate in the area. When Navas did find Toure after another good break, Heaton saved well from the Ivorian.
The game took a turn when the first major point came after thirty two minutes when Fernandinho was shown a red card because he had jumped into challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson. Moreover, it came as no surprise when the referee Lee Mason took his time to make his decision which was due to the recent controversy following similar tackles in the Premier League.
This led Manchester City to reorganize but their strategy but nothing worked until Guardilo decided to introduce Aguero and David Silva at half time.
The breakthrough for Manchester City came just before the hour and then within moment City managed to sweep most of its earlier anxiety aside and successfully succeeded in doubling their lead.
The game then took many twists and turns and became more exciting as Bravo flapped at a corner and allowed Sam Vokes to get in a header.
Aguero almost made it 3-1 after a short breat from De Bruyne. However, Matt Lowton brilliantly blocked his shot. Afterwards, Manchester City wanted a penalty after Stephen Wad challenge on Silvia but nothing was given.
Bravo palmed over a late effort from Keane as Burnley kept the pressure on to the end.
Manchester City is currently places at number 3 in the premier League scorecard and Burnley currently ranks at number 11. Both the teams have played 20 games until now in the League, where Manchester City has won 13 matches, lost 4 games and 3 were drawn. Whereas, out of the 20 games played by Burnley, they managed to win 7 games, lost 11 games and 2 were drawn.