Palmer started in a strong City team, despite a Covid outbreak this week, as the Blues eased to a place in the FA Cup fourth round – even if a missed penalty and consolation for Swindon made things slightly uncomfortable in the second half.
Palmer ended Swindon’s faint hopes of a comeback, though, as he curled home a sublime finish that went in off the post and bar. He had earlier stood up his full-back and provided a lovely assist for Bernardo Silva to open the scoring.
Speaking after the game, Palmer said he took assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell’s pre-match instructions and tried to be City’s creator against their fourth-tier opponents.
“We started well, it’s a tough place to come,” he told ITV Sport.
“We knew the fans would be behind them so we’re delighted. I enjoyed it, Rodo told me to go wide, stay wide, create things. I tried to do it and it paid off.”
On his goal, his first in the FA Cup, Palmer said he was keen to take his chance when minutes are limited in the Premier League – but that he’s confident that a first league goal won’t take too long.
He said: “I’m delighted, Prem [goal will] soon come. I’ve got to take it game by game, day by day. Hopefully I’ll work my way up.
“There’s always that bit of pressure coming up, being young and coming into a team, got to enjoy it and play your stuff.”
Of Guardiola, who was watching from home as he isolates with Covid, Palmer told his manager that he will continue to work hard and provide goals for the team when he’s picked.
He declared: “He’s been in touch with Rodo and he’s passed it on to us, delighted for him. Hopefully he enjoyed it [the goal], I’ve got to keep working hard, show what I can do day in day out.
“I’ve got to keep going, try and get more minutes, more goals, more assists and help the team out.