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Manchester City 3 - Southampton 2 - Stats

Manchester City
3 - 2
Southampton

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium

19/8/12

Attendance: 46, 190

Referee: Howard Webb

Manchester CitySouthampton
Tevez 40′ Dzeko 72′ Nasri 80′Lambert 59′ S Davis 68
01 Hart     01 K Davis    
04 Kompany     02 Clyne    
05 Zabaleta     05 Hooiveld    
06 Lescott     06 Fonte    
22 Clichy     13 Fox    
08 Nasri     04 Schneiderlin    
17 Rodwell     16 W-Prowse     65'
21 Silva     72' 20 Lallana    
42 Y Toure     21 Guly    
16 Aguero     14' 42 Puncheon     86'
32 Tevez     87' 09 Rodriguez     55'
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon     12 Gazzaniga    
13 Kolarov     87' 22 Richardson    
15 Savic     23 Shaw    
07 Milner     25 Seaborne    
34 De Jong     08 S Davis     65'
10 Dzeko     14' 07 Lambert     55'
45 Balotelli     72' 11 Sharp     86'
Game Statistics
20
Goal Attempts
9
15
On Target
6
7
Corners
3
4
Fouls
6
1
Yellow Cards
2
64
%
36
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Nobody saw that chaotic game coming, not least City's defenders who at times drifted into a ball watching keystone cops mode. With their team mates unbelievably profligate ahead of them, there was a horrible QPR-ish feel about this match defensively from the moments Kun Aguero was crocked and David Silva, who looked as if this game came too soon for him, half hit a dreadful penalty...What made matters all the more knife edged was that Southampton came to The Etihad well drilled and primed to hit City hard on the counter and boy did they do that. To Nigel Adkins absolute credit they looked fitter and sharper than the Chelsea side City played chicken with last weekend. They never let The Champions settle and the game became scarily wide open - High risk strategies all round...For me, City's midfield sat too deep and this almost cost The Blues the match. The instant Yaya Toure starts to get forward, things start to happen, yet for the bemoaning of going with two holding midfielders against a newly promoted side, City should have been out of sight with the game closed down despite a sluggish start...Still, there's a rival manager out of town benefitting from a tsunami of hack and pundit arslikhan this week who says that it is the sign of Champions to win a game from the instant when all seems lost. Roberto Mancini's men, lifted by Tevez and Nasri showed again today that they won't be beat, yet we can rest assured that the shrewd Italian has registered his displeasure of another result resembling the pulse racing Mad Kev era...For now we can breathe huge sighs of relief and brace ourselves for news of Kun.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday August 19 2012
Time: 6:01PM

Comments

0
A big phat phew. A sign of champions... Southampton were good and fair play to them for giving it a real go. Fearless
rojo2010
19/08/2012 18:09:00
0
Well played, we got away with one there.
buzz lightyear
19/08/2012 18:25:00
0
Profligate City clinical Saints. That's three 3-2s in a row, the great entertainers. Not good for the ticker though.
Bluedub
19/08/2012 21:32:00
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