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    Manchester City 3-1 Southampton. Match report.

    By Dominic Rust

    Southampton’s unbeaten away record in the Premier League has gone after Kevin De Bruyne inspired Manchester City to a 3-1 victory.

    In the ninth minute, Raheem Sterling crossed for the former Chelsea midfielder to put the Citizens ahead.

    Moments before, the home side had a penalty shout turned down as Fernandinho’s header looked to hit Steven Davis on the arm.

    Man of the match De Bruyne was involved in the second goal as his corner resulted in Fabian Delph’s first goal for Manchester City.

     Sadio Mane’s accurate centre found the Republic of Ireland international Long in the six yard box and he duly headed past Willy Caballero on the stroke of half-time.

    The summer signing from Wolfsburg influence extended into the second half as his smart cut-back allowed Aleksandar Kolarov to finish past Stekelenburg in the opponent’s goal.

    Long had a penalty shout turned down after his header appeared to hit Fernandinho on the arm after Caballero saved a shot from Dusan Tadic.

    Manchester City started the match against an unbeaten Southampton away from home with high intensity.

    Pellegrini learnt the lessons from the lacklustre 4-1 defeat at home to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as Sterling dispossessed Maya Yoshida and his cross for Kevin De Bruyne put the hosts ahead.

    Southampton were also responsible for City’s dominance as they constantly surrendered possession on numerous occasions.

    Since De Bruyne’s arrival at the Etihad for £55 million, he has been a revelation. The 24-year-old has scored or assisted nine goals in six Premier League appearances at the Etihad.

    The Saints went into the game trying to equal their top-flight club record of seven consecutive away matches without defeat.

    Ronald Koeman’s side improved after the half-time interval and they might have rescued something from the game had Tadic’s chip beaten Caballero at 2-1.

    Southampton welcome Liverpool to St Mary’s in the Carling Cup quarter-final on Wednesday whilst Manchester City are at home to Hull City in the same competition.

    Key Stats
    Since last season, Kevin De Bruyne has more assists than any other player in the top five leagues (26).

    Raheem Sterling has played a part in five goals in his last four appearances against Southampton
    ( three goals, two assists).

    Fabian Delph scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester City in his fifth appearance.

    Shane Long has hit the back of the net in his last five Premier League starts for Southampton.
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