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Guardiola: Man City ‘suffered’ in Luton win

Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City ‘suffered’ in their 2-1 win over Luton at Kenilworth Road.

Manchester City ended a run of four Premier League games without a win after securing a come-from-behind win over Luton on Sunday.

Luton opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time as Elijah Adebayo met Andros Townsend’s cross to head The Hatters in front, but City responded after the break to turn the game around. Bernardo Silva levelled, before Jack Grealish turned in Julian Alvarez’s cross to complete the comeback.

The win ended City’s winless run and Guardiola admitted his side had to ‘suffer’ against Luton to secure all three points.

“There are patterns we don’t lose and we made an exceptional first half. Of course it was a big, big punch to concede the goal at the end of the first half,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports.

“We spoke about how we react in those positions and how that has happened in the past. That is how the big teams with big personalities and big characters rebel in the difficulties.

“In the second half we matched how good we were in the first half and we scored the goals. I am happy for that.

“[At half-time] in that moment we said ‘what can we do?’ We played good against Spurs and in recent games. The way we are playing this season is really, really good in most of the games. I try to analyse that.

“We needed action from the boys up front and they rebelled and felt how they have done since being here. We suffered to win. But in general, the way we played, we controlled it. So I am very pleased for the guys.

“Now is rest. It doesn’t stop. It was important for our belief in ourselves [to be winning again].”

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