Sergio Surges Past Saints
Sergio Aguero put in yet another man-of-the-match performance to inflict Southampton’s first league defeat at home this season.
Both teams played attacking, positive football throughout, though chances were at a premium. The most notable incident of the first half was when Sergio Aguero was clearly fouled in the area by Jose Fonte — but incredibly, referee Mike Jones booked the Argentinian for diving.
Joe Hart was then called into action, denying Graziano Pellè and Steven Davis in quick succession. It also seems that the end of November can’t come soon enough for the City stopper, with his moustache attracting comment.
City took the lead early in the second half, when Aguero’s cutback found Yaya Touré lurking outside the area. His powerful strike took a slight deflection off Toby Alderweireld and past Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal.
City looked comfortable until Eliaquim Mangala’s sending off with fifteen minutes to go. The centreback — who had a terrible game — was given a second yellow for deliberately hauling back Shane Long, and Southampton responded by piling on the pressure.
However, pushing so many players forward cost the hosts when City broke forward, the ball fell to Lampard, and the former Chelsea man made no mistake, hammering the ball home from the edge of the box.
City then added insult to injury after another City break led Aguero to square to Gaël Clichy, who scored his first goal for the club since joining in 2011.
Forster 7 — denied Aguero a few times, goals weren’t his fault
Clyne 6 — quiet game from the youngster
Alderweireld 6 — couldn’t cope with Aguero
Fonte 5 — should have conceded a penalty, looked at sea throughout
Bertrand 6 — beaten by Navas a few times
Davis 6 — unlucky not to score but quiet apart from that
Wanyama 6 — seemed to be overrun in midfield
Schneiderlin 6 — went off at half time through injury
Tadic 6 — set-pieces weren’t as good as usual
Pellè 5 — below-par performance from the Italian
Mané 5 — tried hard but failed to perform
Yoshida 4 — very poor, at fault for Lampard’s goal
Long 6 — offered an outlet, played well on the left
Mayuka 5 — didn’t play well when he came on
Manchester City ratings:
Hart 7 — comfortable and made good saves when called upon
Zabaleta 7 — solid at right-back, as usual
Kompany 8 — led the defence very well, accomplished performance
Mangala 4 — worst player on the pitch, sent off — and he cost £32m?
Clichy 7 — good defensively and took his goal very well
Navas 6 — sporadically good
Fernandinho 6 — overshadowed by Touré
Touré 7 — looks to be getting back to his best
Nasri 7— got a lot of time on the ball and made good use of it
Jovetic 6 — quiet game from the Montenegrin
Aguero 9 — StaRating man of the match, did everything but score
Lampard 7 — the veteran showed he can still play at the top level
Milner 7 — offered more than Jovetic both attacking and defending
Demichelis 7 — shored up the defence after Mangala’s red card
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