After scoring the game-winning goal in Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Luton Town, Jack Grealish dismissed any fears of a crisis.
City dominated possession in the first half and had chances to grab the lead, but the hosts took the lead when Elijah Adebayo headed in. Pep Guardiola’s team rallied by equalising on the hour mark thanks to Bernardo Silva’s curling attempt.
Grealish converted a superb ball across the box from Julian Alvarez just two minutes later to secure the Blues’ comeback. The victory was City’s first in the Premier League since a 6-1 thrashing of AFC Bournemouth in early November, and there had been some speculation that the Blues had been discovered after being beaten by Aston Villa in midweek and drawing three consecutive games prior to that, albeit against Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham. Grealish, speaking to Sky Sports, dismissed that as “outside noise.”
“Listen, I think a lot of people like to talk about City and go on about it being a big crisis,” he went on to say. “In reality, we have played against very good teams; we have played Tottenham, who have been incredible, Liverpool, who are top of the league, and then we played Chelsea and Aston Villa away, who have one of the best records in Europe.” We played fantastic teams, won one and drew three; it’s not the end of the world, but people want to believe it is.
“In ourselves, we knew we had to keep calm, and I am buzzing to get back to winning ways,” the 28-year-old said of the game. We knew it was going to be one of those [difficult] games, and credit to them [Luton], they are a really excellent squad that is much better than people give them credit for. Coming here to this land was difficult for me, but we got the job done.”