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Walker admits to Sterling push in contentious City-Spurs draw

Kyle Walker admits he pushed Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling in the penalty area during Tottenham's controversial comeback to earn a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City appeared on course for a much-needed three points following last weekend's 4-0 humbling at the hands of Everton as Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne benefited from two uncharacteristic mistakes from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to put the home side 2-0 ahead.

Spurs halved the arrears through Dele Alli's header, but the flash point of the match came when Walker shoved England team-mate Sterling in the back when he was one-on-one with Lloris.

Referee Andre Marriner failed to point to the spot and Tottenham quickly went up the other end to equalise through Son Heung-min, much to the chagrin of City.

Asked by BT Sport if he had pushed Sterling, Walker replied: "Yeah, I mean I wasn't going to get it otherwise, I just had to try and put him off as much as possible.

"Hugo put him off as well and made the save and we hung on for the draw, which I think we deserved."

A point for Spurs extends their unbeaten league run to seven matches and for now they remain Chelsea's nearest challengers in second, although they will be leap-frogged by Arsenal if the Gunners beat Burnley at home on Sunday.

"We're just taking every game as it comes," Walker added. "We've just got to do our jobs and see where it gets us."