Hodgson hails "magnificent" Townsend goal, says Palace win not about "magic wand"

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Crystal Palace earned a major scalp after staging a come-from-behind 3-2 triumph over Manchester City in the English Premier League.

It seemed to be business as usual for City after German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan nodded them in front in the 27th minute, meeting a Fabian Delph cross from deep with a firm, downward header.

The defeat was City's second in three league games and handed the title initiative to Liverpool, whom they face on 3 January.

Townsend's goal was his third of the season for Palace, and his fizzing first-time thunderbolt is likely to live long in the memory for those who had made the trip north from South London.

City were then stunned as Palace grabbed a second just two minutes later with Townsend's stunner.

It's games like Sunday - against one of the PL's top-six sides - which have vexed Everton, though, as they've managed just a single point from five games against the big boys this season (a 0-0 draw with Chelsea last month).

He may also be anxious that the tactics used by Palace manager Roy Hodgson really stopped City's usually scintillating football.

At Emirates Stadium, the predatory Aubameyang took his season-leading tally of league goals to 12 with his double in the win over Burnley, one more than Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

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Manchester City have looked virtually unstoppable so far this season but Pep Guardiola was wary of Crystal Palace's threat ahead of their game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Substitute Kevin de Bruyne gave City hope of a comeback when his cross looped into the top corner but Palace held firm to secure a huge three points.

Jamie Vardy scored as Leicester upset Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

If that finish was impressive, Townsend's remarkable goal 10 minutes before half-time was something else altogether as he put his left foot sweetly through an audacious volley, leaving Ederson with no chance.

Steve Nicol recaps Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sensational start as Man United manager with a 5-1 win over Cardiff City. "He had a good performance, he is very happy with himself and as it came to him I thought 'that's not a bad body shape'". The honours fell to Luka Milivojevic who finished easily for a three-goal lead.

"We want Mesut like today", said Emery.

Guardiola added: 'The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line they scored. "We are in December and we will try to recover and win games again".

Watford are sixth after a 2-0 win at West Ham, Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu scoring the goals, while David Brooks scored two excellent goals as Bournemouth beat Brighton 2-0. "He hit the post in the second half".

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