Paulinho fizzed in a low shot that City’s England goalkeeper turned away to his left before Erik was denied an injury-time leveller when his volley was tipped over.
Hart also kept out Ryan Mason and Harry Kane and we created a number of chances only to lose out to Sergio Aguero’s 29th-minute breakaway goal.
“We wanted to play good football and we tried to put on a good performance for our fans,” reflected Erik. “We didn’t deserve to lose but we have to put it behind us and look at the games we have left.
“It was one of those days - it’s football and this can happen sometimes.”
Below: Paulinho can't believe it as his header drifts just wide - but he was offside this time
Paulinho agreed: “We’re disappointed because we played well but football is like that, it’s not always the team that plays better that wins the game,” said the Brazilian.
“We have three games left and we have to finish the season well."
Next up it's Stoke away on Saturday before our final home match against Hull on Saturday week (May 16) and then the season finale at Everton on Sunday, May 24.