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Fernandinho defends Manchester City draw

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has defended his side's 2-2 draw with Burnley, insisting it wasn't a bad result.

The Brazilian scored a spectacular goal to put City 2-0 ahead before half time only for Burnley to hit back with two second half strikes of their own.

The draw meant City wasted the chance to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea who had drawn at Southampton earlier in the day.

Burnley take the champions by surprise

Having won their nine previous games in all competitions the home side were expected to make it ten, but Burnley refused to roll over.

Despite missing the chance to move within a point of the top of the table, Fernandinho insisted there's no shame in drawing to relegation candidates Burnley.

The 29-year-old told reporters: "'It is not a bad result - a bad result is losing."

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Classic game of two halves

With James Milner again deployed as a false number nine, City had the better of the opening 45 minutes and opened up a deserved 2-0 lead thanks to a David Silva goal and Fernandinho's spectacular strike.

Everyone in the ground likely expected City to push on and increase their advantage after the break, but whatever Burnley boss Sean Dyche said at the interval clearly had the desired effect, with his side scoring a late equaliser.

There was controversy over the visitors first, with George Boyd quite clearly offside, but City could have no complaints about the end result after a less than convincing second half display.

Fernandinho said: "I don't know exactly what went wrong. In the first half we played so well, and created so many chances to score, but in the second half we didn't do it."

Chelsea let off the hook

City fans were probably still celebrating Chelsea's 1-1 draw on the South Coast when they kicked off against Burnley, but by full-time their title dreams had taken a dent.

However, Fernandinho suggested the result would have no bearing on the title race.

"It was a result we didn't expect but it happened. We need to keep heads up and think about the next game. It is not over, there are still a lot of games to play," he said.

"Chelsea drew, we drew and the Premier League is still open. The race for the title is still open.

"It is too early to decide the title now, and we need to keep playing and winning games, and we will see what will happen."

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