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Burnley were beaten 2-1 today at Manchester City in a game that saw the home side reduced to ten men when Fernandinho was sent off following a challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Pep Guardiola was pleased with his team and how they managed that. “It shows good resilience,” he said. “After the game at Anfield we were resilient. We wanted to win the game. When you play 10 against 11, sometimes you just defend but I wanted to make counter attacks with Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero and we did it.

“These players deserve support. We are going to try to play better but we need the support. I want more. We are aware of the problems we’ve had adapting in this league. We are going to learn again and we are there. We won a difficult game and it will be tough for everybody with the Champions League and the FA Cup.

“It’s always important to win the games. Game by game, we will try to play as well as possible. The players deserve credit and my respect. I love them.”

When asked about the red card, he replied: “You are the journalist, not me. Ask the referee, not me. We will play without Fernandinho. We try to play football. I cannot control the circumstances.

“We accept, the team with more ball possession, we always have players sent off. We have to understand the rules here in England. We are a specialist but we have to understand it.”

Sean Dyche said after the game: “I think it’s the one that got away today and that’s unfortunate. It’s tough to come to these places and it was a strange affair because 11 v 11 I felt we looked strong. They went down to 10 men and that put us off kilter a little bit before half time.

“They made two changes at half time and that definitely affected the game and we kind of lost the feel of the game. There was no lack of will or demand, we just lost our focus. But equally you have to give them credit because the two changes they made were strong.

“We came away from what we do and that allowed them the chance to get into the game. At 2-0 down, it’s hard then, but a sour lads do they have given everything to get back in the game and arguably they should have down to nine men.

“The boy Sagna has to go off for kicking Boydy and the referee must have seen it because he yellow carded him. Then you never know, because you need everything you can get when you go to these places.

“We’ve certainly given a good account of ourselves today. It’s just that we couldn’t get the point, but they are top class at home and it doesn’t take away from what we’ve achieved. We’ve taken a few knocks but we don’t get dented by these things and generally we should be happy with this part of the season and where we’ve got to.

“Now it’s about continuing the journey and staying resolute in our performances to get what we want.”

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