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●● PEP Guardi­ola claimed his City play­ers demon­strated their Man­cu­nian spirit to earn a draw against Ever­ton – but ad­mit­ted he was haunted by mem­o­ries of last sea­son as two points went beg­ging at home.

City dom­i­nated against Ron­ald Koe­man’s side – de­spite go­ing down to 10 men just be­fore half-time when Kyle Walker was sent off for two book­able of­fences.

Sub­sti­tute Ra­heem Ster­ling earned a point with his late vol­ley af­ter Wayne Rooney had fired Ever­ton into a first-half lead against the run of the play.

While Guardi­ola hailed his side’s fight­ing qual­i­ties, he was left frus­trated as his team failed to cap­i­talise on their su­pe­ri­or­ity.

“No­body can say we didn’t try,” said the City man­ager. “But like al­ways we an­a­lyse about the re­sult.

“It was good be­cause they fight, but we didn’t win. We never give up and showed the spirit of the Man­cu­ni­ans.”

Rooney’s goal came af­ter David Silva had struck the post for City, while Ser­gio Aguero also had an ef­fort cleared off the line.

Guardi­ola added: “We are here for the re­sults to win games. We didn’t win, but we made ev­ery­thing to win.

“I pre­fer to win the game but we were not able. It was sim­i­lar to a lot of games last sea­son.

“It’s sad be­cause we want to start good at home, but we were not able.

“We had a lot of chances again.

“The re­sult was not good enough.

“We cre­ate chances be­fore the goal – three or four. We tried to find the way to at­tack them and we did. They ar­rived once and scored a goal and that can hap­pen.

“In Brighton they ar­rived once in one cor­ner, they have a chance and we were out.

“To­day they have a chance, so our av­er­age is good in the amount of op­por­tu­ni­ties on tar­get or close to tar­get.

“What we can do is try to cre­ate chances. Maybe one day we will change.

“But in our box it was per­fect – they ar­rived once, but we will im­prove.”

City play­ers and Pep Guardi­ola are left stunned as Kyle Walker is sent off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence

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