Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton stunned the Champions of England with the unlikely victory of the day. There was no doubt at full-time that Southampton deserved all three points – out playing the Champions at times. St Mary’s was at its loudest in the first twenty-three minutes when Southampton found themselves two goals to the good.
Two mistakes led to goals – the first, from Gareth Barry, allowed Jason Puncheon to run at the City defence and play Rodriguez through who scuffed his shot against Joe Hart. The rebound kindly fell to Puncheon again who side-footed into the net to give the Saints the lead. The second goal was even worse as England’s midweek hero, Joe Hart, mis-handled a shot which went through his legs and Steve Davis was there to capitalise on the mistake!
Southampton pressed all over the pitch and were not allowing City time on the ball to create many chances. Manchester City finally made one clear chance when Dzeko played through Zabaleta whose return pass was just behind Dzeko but he still managed to chip the ball over his head whilst falling back and into the net.
At this point you’d image City to come back into the game at half time but Southampton found themselves enjoying a two goal cushion again after, the (ex)villain of the day, Gareth Barry scored an own-goal by sliding the ball past a hapless Joe Hart. Manchester City didn’t go onto create too much and Southampton were relatively comfortable and after the third goal had a period of sustained pressure against City.
So a moment pride for Mauricio Pochettino as he experienced his first win as manager of Southampton. He seems to have a knack of doing this as his first victory for Espanyol was against the mighty Barcelona! Saints supporters will be hoping that it’s the first victory of many as they strive to stay in the Premier League.
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