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Manchester City 3 - Southampton 2

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium

19/8/12

Attendance: 46, 190

Referee: Howard Webb

Manchester City
3 - 2
Southampton
Tevez 40′ Dzeko 72′ Nasri 80′
 
Lambert 59′ S Davis 68
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 46, 190
The Teams
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.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 19 2012

Time: 6:01PM

Your Comments

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

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