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Kyle Walker lodged complaint to Premier League over Nottingham Forest ahead of 0-2 Manchester City win



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Manchester City captain Kyle Walker reportedly lodged a complaint with the Premier League’s match manager ahead of their 0-2 win against Nottingham Forest.

The Premier League champions remained on course for a fourth successive English top-flight crown on Sunday afternoon, with victory meaning the direction of the title remains firmly in their hands despite Arsenal currently sitting top of the division.

Mikel Arteta’s side have a one-point advantage over Manchester City, but have played one game more, meaning that should Pep Guardiola’s players win all of their remaining four matches, they would win the division’s title regardless of Arsenal’s results.

However, victory on Sunday at The City Ground did not come without it’s problems, both in terms of the performance and the circumstances that Manchester City found themselves in upon their arrival at Nuno Espirito Santo’s home stadium.

In fact, it has been revealed that such was the problem facing Manchester City that club captain Kyle Walker felt it necessary to lodge an official complain.

That is according to the information of MailSport’s Jack Gaughan, who reveals that Walker lodged a complaint with the Premier League’s match manager on the pitch at The City Ground, in what is now understood to have been a ‘grievance about the state of the surface’.

It is further detailed that Walker’s issues centred around the fact that the grass at Nottingham Forest’s home ground was ‘too dry’, with his defensive teammate Josko Gvardiol and City boss Pep Guardiola sharing that same opinion.

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day after the game, the aforementioned Croatian defender explained, “The conditions were really tough, especially the pitch. The grass was really dry and that’s what we expected… I know (they didn’t water it at any point). And I get it.”

As for Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager admitted that while the conditions were a problem for his side, it ultimately benefitted them through the opportunities squandered by the home side on multiple occasions.

The Catalan coach explained, “We were lucky today that the pitch was so dry, because the chances they (Nottingham Forest) missed is for that reason why. So we were lucky today that the pitch was in this condition.”