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Manchester City 3 - Southampton 2

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 46, 190

Referee: Howard Webb

Manchester City
3 - 2
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
21 Silva
20 Lallana
42 Y Toure
21 Guly
16 Aguero
42 Puncheon
32 Tevez
09 Rodriguez
30 Pantilimon
12 Gazzaniga
13 Kolarov
22 Richardson
15 Savic
23 Shaw
07 Milner
25 Seaborne
34 De Jong
08 S Davis
10 Dzeko
07 Lambert
45 Balotelli
11 Sharp
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
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

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A big phat phew. A sign of champions... Southampton were good and fair play to them for giving it a real go. Fearless
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.

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