Martin Tyler has been accused of sounding “gutted” when commentating on Raheem Sterling’s first goal against Newcastle on Sunday.
Tyler was on commentary duty for Sky Sports at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City bounced back from their Champions League semi-final defeat by Real Madrid in the best possible way. The defending champions ran out 5-0 winners to move three points clear at the top of the Premier League following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
Sterling scored the first and last goals, with Rodri, Aymeric Laporte and Phil Foden all netting in between to give City’s goal difference a healthy boost. The hosts opened the scoring in style, with Ilkay Gundogan picking out Joao Cancelo, who headed perfectly back across goal for Sterling to bury it with a diving header.
Those watching on TV were underwhelmed with Tyler’s reaction, however. The Sky Sports commentator said: “Gundogan, Cancelo… beautifully set up for Raheem Sterling. So they have scored – not in the first 15 minutes this time – but inside 20. They’re starting to think about life after last Wednesday.”
City fans were not impressed. "Has Martin Tyler forgotten what excitement is?" one wrote on Twitter. "Martin Tyler sounds genuinely gutted!” added another. "Martin Tyler sounds depressed every time City score,” commented another. "Martin Tyler sounds thrilled!" wrote one supporter sarcastically.
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Tyler’s reaction was the exact opposite to his most famous piece of commentary, which came when Sergio Aguero scored in the last second against QPR to win the title for City 10 years ago. His unforgettable “Aguerrooooooooo!” commentary helped soundtrack the iconic moment for viewers.
The City fans’ comments about Tyler were followed after the match by Pep Guardiola claiming that there is a widespread bias against his side. “Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone,” he told beIN Sports.
“Of course, because Liverpool has an incredible history in European competition, not in the Premier League – won one in 30 years. But it’s no problem at all. The situation is what it is. We have to get nine points maybe six, it depends on the next two games in terms of goal difference. Now Wednesday is the real final for us, our destiny is in our hands and this is important, that’s the reality.”
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