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Stones: Stekelenburg saves made life difficult

CASE FOR DEFENCE: John Stones against his former club

CASE FOR DEFENCE: John Stones against his former club

City defender John Stones gave credit to Everton’s Maarten Stekelenburg after the Dutch goalkeeper produced a hat-trick of remarkable saves at the Etihad Stadium.

The Dutchman parried spot-kicks from Kevin De Bruyne and substitute Sergio Aguero before a jaw-dropping finger-tip touch flicked De Bruyne’s long-range rocket onto the post.

City did find a way past Stekelenburg through Nolito’s header, but only after Romelu Lukaku had put Everton ahead.  

Former Toffees man Stones said: “I think we should have had the three points in the bag but it’s credit to Everton and Stekelenburg - he pulled off some great saves, two penalty saves, which it made it difficult for us.

“As you said I thought we did everything we could, played some great football at times but we got done on a sloppy counter. It’s one of those games and hopefully we can move on from it and take it onto the Champions League on Wednesday.

“I’ve played a lot of games with Rom and his goal tally speaks for itself really, he’s clinical when he gets in the box and he scored a lot of goals so we tried to do our best in stopping that but he got one against us.

“We’ve gone on such a great run, we still got a point, it's the least of what we wanted, I thought we should have had three.

“In the last three games it's two draws and a loss but before that we were on such a great run. For everyone that’s seen the game today, the attacking threat we had, the excitement, I think it’s good for the future and hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”

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