Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola refused to blame Raheem Sterling for his side’s failure to beat Burnley after the England forward missed a glorious late chance to secure victory.
With City 1-0 up and less than 20 minutes away from their 23rd league win of the season, Sterling somehow failed to find the target from six yards after meeting Kyle Walker’s cross at the far post.
That buoyed the home crowd, as did Sterling’s substitution soon afterwards, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson levelled for Burnley with eight minutes remaining.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt Sterling’s miss “changed the feeling” of the game though: “The stadium erupted and everyone was with us. That started to grow.”
But Guardiola insisted he did not take off Sterling because he had failed to score, and did not feel it was a decisive moment in the game.
“That is football,” Guardiola said. “Today Raheem missed one chance – it can happen.
“It was not the first time that someone had missed a chance and it was not just Raheem, it happened a lot in this game.
“When we arrived for the last action for a pass, a one-against-one or to dribble against the central defender and shoot, we were not able to do that.
“I am delighted with the way we played but you have to score goals and we were not able to do that, which is why we dropped two points.”