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relentless Phil Foden's verdict on Man City's 'important win' as they cement status as title favourites

Foden’s first-half goal was enough for City to secure a 1-0 win at Brentford and tighten their grip on the title race after slip-ups by Liverpool and Chelsea.

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Phil Foden embraces Jack Grealish of Manchester City after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester City. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Phil Foden embraces Jack Grealish of Manchester City after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester City. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Phil Foden embraces Jack Grealish of Manchester City after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester City. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Phil Foden has hit the headlines for the wrong reason this Christmas, but he bounced back in the perfect manner as his winner sealed Manchester City's 1-0 win at Brentford.

Foden’s first-half goal was enough for City to secure a 1-0 win at Brentford and tighten their grip on the title race after slip-ups by Liverpool and Chelsea.

Foden and Jack Grealish had been benched for City’s wins over Newcastle and Leicester after they were pictured on a night out following the 7-0 home win over Leeds.

Yet the England pair were back in the starting line-up in west London, and Foden’s goal made it a perfect 10 wins in a row for Pep Guardiola’s defending champions.

"It was an important win today," said Foden. "Brentford made it really difficult. They are a physical team and are dangerous off set-pieces. We had to keep going to the final whistle. I am proud of the team for doing that.

"I have had a few this year that have been ruled offside so I wasn't too confident. I thought I went a bit too early, but thank god the goal counted. I am really happy. There were a few when I went a bit early and was offside. We could have won by more. We kept working hard.

"Round Christmas you have to keep your foot on the gas and keep focused. This team is doing that.

"Wherever the manager puts me, I will do my best for the team. I started on the left. It is good I am adaptable.

"This is the most challenging league in the world and it goes to show that you can drop points at any time. The team remain focused and we're happy."

City manager Pep Guardiola paid credit to Brentford after a tough battle, as he paid tribute to Foden's impact.

"With Phil he is a football player, and we don’t have doubts about that, about his quality," Guardiola said.

"Always since he came up to training and played with us he has been exceptional."

When asked about the game itself, he added: “In general the team was brilliant in many many aspects, the game was not exceptional in terms of chances, but you cannot create more when one team play 10 players in a small small space and the strikers are so close to the holding midfielders.

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“The space is always impossible so in that situation you have to be patient and not concede goals on the counter attack.

"The opponent was really tough, we knew it, we felt it – especially in the beginning they had one clear chance but after we didn’t concede one shot on target.

"In this stadium, the way they play is so difficult and Brentford deserve a lot of credit for what they have done."

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