Pep Guardiola explains furious reaction to fourth official during Man City draw

Pep Guardiola has opened up on his furious rant at the fourth official as Manchester City were held to a frustrating draw by West Brom on Tuesday night.

Guardiola got in the way of Anthony Taylor holding up the board to indicate how much stoppage time would be added at the Etihad, with the score locked at 1-1 in the Premier League clash.

City had dominated possession in the second half, but were thwarted several times by Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone late on as they poured forward in search of a winner.

Guardiola was fuming that only four minutes was added on, and the City boss was seen remonstrating with Taylor and even standing in front of the official as he tried to hold up the board in the 89th minute.

Afterwards, the coach confirmed that he felt his side were short-changed by the amount of extra minutes.

"It is not a problem with Anthony Taylor," said the manager. "I said four minutes is not enough.

"Gabriel was down for three minutes, the six substitutions, and every time the keeper had the ball it was 30 seconds. I expected more."

After being held by the second-bottom Baggies, Guardiola admitted his side cannot score goals.

The hosts had 26 shots but scored just once, through Ilkay Gundogan, with a Ruben Dias own goal earning West Brom a vital point in their fight for survival.


City's point moved them up to sixth, but Guardiola knows it was a missed chance to make up ground on title rivals Tottenham and Liverpool.

And he admitted he is concerned about his side's worrying lack of goals.

“We cannot score goals,” said Guardiola. “We were able to control the game, not conceding much, their goal was a deflection.

"We were better in all departments, but we're struggling to score.

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“You have to shoot one ball inside the net, but we cannot do it.

"In the second half we did everything, but we just couldn't score."

The Catalan coach added: "We created enough to win the game, 26 shots I think, but you have to put the ball in. We're struggling with that, but we have to be optimistic.

"You have to win games like this. We know it, but we dropped points. These are the ones you have to win.

“It's not far away to the top of the league, but you have to beat West Brom at home."

Baggies boss Slaven Bilic is under pressure with his side having accrued just seven points from their first 13 games of the season.

He said: "I’m very calm, I love my job, I enjoy it and I’m working hard for myself and my staff.

"Everything else is out of my control. I’m not bothered about what's happening behind the scenes, I don’t care."

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