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Southampton vs Manchester City at St. Mary's Stadium

St. Mary's Stadium Referee : Andre Marriner
5th July 2020 7:00 PM (BST)
  • 1 Southampton

    • ‘16' Che Adams
  • 0 Manchester City


Commentary By Neil Leigh


Good night from me

Right, that's all from me after what was a frustrating night at the St Mary's Stadium.

Credit to Southampton but it's so disappointment to see all that pressure not yield at least a point.

The beauty of football however is that we have the chance to instantly bounce back on Wednesday when we play host to Newcastle.

As always, many thanks for your company and make sure you join us again on Wednesday evening when hopefully we can get back to winning ways.


More from the boss...๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

 "Next season will be next season. Try to score more goals, avoid conceding chances we have. The control is there, The way we play is there. (We must) Try to increase these kind of things."


Pep's verdict...

"It was a little bit of a resume of this season - one mistake and they punished us. After, we created a lot. 10 players behind the ball and we conceded few chances.

"We played a really good performance but it was not enough."


No excuses - Bernardo

Bernardo: "No excuses - we need to improve looking ahead to next season.

"Right now, It's important to try and win as many games as possible to boost confidence levels ahead of the FA Cup semi-final and the Champions League."


Small margins

Michael Brown: It just comes down to errors. Once you give Southampton a lead it gives them a huge lift.

It's just one of those. We've made a mistake and conceded - and its about just making those attacking situations count.


Have your say...

Join us for our LIVE post match reaction show We're Not Really Here for full time reaction and analysis and have your say too on a frustrating evening at St Mary's Stadium.


One of those days

We did absolutely everything to try and force an equaliser but, credit to Southampton, they defended with everything.

They got in the way of wave after wave of our attacks

Just one of those days unfortunately.


Not this time...

A stunning 40 yard ball from De Bruyne finds Bernardo but Saints block yet again before Zinchenko intercepts as Saints race upfield.

Then Bernardo can't connect with De Bruyne's cute pass.


More last ditch tackling denies City after some brilliant work by De Bruyne tees up Jesus.

No doubting City's work rate and persistence - Saints have defended like their lives depend on it though.


The ball ping pongs around the Southampton defence again but just will not fall to a City player.

We have done literally everything but score. Two minutes and injury time remain.

Come on, City.


Not this time...

More constant pressure from City ends with a speculative long range shot from Laporte whistling over.

It has been non-stop this - no quarter given by either side.


Denied again

That man Stephens puts his body on the line yet again, this time to block a low De Bruyne drive.

Southampton then get bodies in the way again as Silva looks to thread the ball through in the box.

Just over 10 minutes to go.

Come on, City!!


Ederson to the rescue again

A sweping Saints counter attack sees Long run at the City defence and Armstrong shoots low and Ederson goes down smartly to save.

Impressive work by the Brazilian who then follows that up with another block to deny Armstrong.


A rarity - KDB off target

More intricate City build up play but, for once, De Bruyne's radar is just off as his instinctive turn and shot is too high.


Tea time...

The players are having a water break... I need one too.

The order has gone out to middle daughter for a fresh cup of tea.

Thirsty work this!


Oh my days

Good grief.

At the other end, Adams pounces on a Garcia error and Ederson races out of the box to hack the ball to safety.

Can't take your eyes off this.


Not again.

City denied once more.

It's a stunning move with a fine ball from Zinchenko to Silva who swivels and shoots in the six yard box but McCarthy is there again to block at point blank range.


Knocking on the door

Mahrez powers forward into the box but just can't wriggle free of the Southampton covering defenders.

Been all City since the start of the second half.


Incredible save

Now McCarthy denies City once again with a remarkable save to deny Jesus's header after a Laporte shot looped up.

The Southampton keeper is having a stormer for the hosts.



Jesus doesn't quite enough purchase on a whipped Mahrez corner and the ball just evades the onrushing Laporte at the far post.



Staying power?

Southampton put so much into that first 45 you wonder how their fitness will hold up.

City's staying power has been one of the many standouts since our return to action.


Wait for it...

Worth remembering we have the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan waiting in the wings on the bench.

An awful lot of football still to be played.


Lucky omen? ๐Ÿคž

If, like me, you believe in fate or omens, don't forget we were 1-0 down when we played host to Southampton back in November.

That ended up 2-1 in our favour... I'd settle for that again!


We're Not Really Here


A lot to talk about after that opening 45.

Head to the top of the page to see what Hugh Ferris, Natalie Paweleck Paul Dickov and Michael Brown thought of it.


Let off!

That could have been 2-0.

A fine ball over the top from Walker Peters finds the onrushing Ings but, fortunately, he has to stretch the pups the ball over from close range.

Big let off for City.


Bench press ? ๐Ÿ’™

KDB stretching on the touchlines - a reminder that there are options aplenty for the boss should he deem a change necessary.


Work station

To be fair Southampton are working their collective socks off here.

City well in the game now but we just need a touch more composure n front of goal.



David Silva showing his bravery as he jumps for a header and collides with Kyle Walker-Peters.

The good news is that El Mago is back up after treatment and good to go.


Denied again

McCarthy to the rescue for Saints once more as he blocks Riyad Mahrez's close range effort after the Algerian drifted in from the right.



Now Cancelo has to clear the ball from the onrushing Redmond from Ward-Prowse's cross.

Then Ederson stoops low to deny Redmond. 

Another warning sign for City.


Just too strong...

Bernardo slightly overdoes a through ball to Jesus and McCarthy can clear the danger.

City knocking on the door before Saints race up the other end and Redmond blazes over.

More goals in this you feel.


How have we not scored?...

First McCarthy produces a fine save to deny Silva's header, then Fernandinho hits the post with a low drive before Sterling shoots wide.


So close again...

Wonderful ball from Cancelo puts in Sterling behind the Saints defence and Ings desperately hacks clear Raz's cross.

Cancelo has been the pick of the City players so far. He looks a real threat going forward.


So close...

More superb work by Cancelo on the right wing. He turns the Saints defence inside out before drilling in the ball to Jesus but the Brazilian can't guide the ball home.

That's more like it.


Southampton goal

That's not what we wanted.

Zinchenko is dispossessed and Che Adams spots Ederson off his line and curls in a fine goal from at least 25 yards out.


Danger signs

Southampton still on the front foot here with Fernandinho and Cancelo both having to produce key headers to clear threatening balls in the box.



Uncharacteristic error from Ayermic Laporte lets in Southampton but Nathan Redmond can't make the most of Che Adams' cross and fortunately the danger comes to nothing.

Early warning shot.


Kick-off ๐Ÿ’™


The players show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement by taking a knee, before City get us under way.



A big hand...

Great to see the teams joining in the nationwide applause for the NHS on its 72nd anniversary.

As Pep says, they are the real heroes.


'A huge challenge'

Danny Ings of Southampton: City is going to be a tough game, a lot of work will have to go in tactically, they can control games from start to finish so we will have to try and disrupt their rhythm.

"I love to run around and win the ball back but it can be frustrating in those games when you are sitting deeper. I see it as a huge challenge playing against a giant team like that."


Watching brief...

Dob't forget that our We're Not Really Here LIVE matchday show will be back on air at half time to run the rule over the first 45 minutes and resumes immediately after full time to analyse the game and bring you all the post-match reaction.


Hair we go...

Just over 20 minutes until we get underway.

And having ignored the hordes stampeding to the hairdressers (and the pub) post lockdown,  I've instead been rather hoping this will be the highlight (pun intended) of the weekend.

Come on boys... don't let us down!


Danger man Ings

Club journalist David Clayton:  "Southampton represent an interesting hurdle and in Danny Ings, they have a striker at the top of his game.

"If City can keep Ings quiet, there will be a chance to inflict an 11th home loss on the Saints this season - and that would be an unwanted club record for the hosts."


Stat attack...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น City's 4-0 victory against Liverpool was our 25th Premier League win by at least four goals under Pep Guardiola - seven more than any other club in that time.

 ๐Ÿ”น Guardiola has never lost three consecutive away league matches in his managerial career.

 ๐Ÿ”น Kevin De Bruyne has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other player this season, scoring 11 and assisting 17.


'David is an absolute legend' - Pep

The boss has had some special words to say about El Mago prior to kick-off.

 "He is an absolute legend. Ten years - it's not something everyone can achieve.

"For a foreign player, it is about having the quality to survive in this league. He's an exceptional player.

"It's his last games and he is going to enjoy his last moments in England."


'Jesus has a fantastic attitude'

More from Paul Dickov:  "Gabriel's only 23 and it's been hard for him - Sergio Aguero has been the man a lot of the time.

"He's bided his time and he has a fantastic attitude - he seems to score whenever he plays!"


Rotation is key...

Speaking on our We're Not Really Here matchday show on air now, special guest Paul Dickov has been explaining why making changes is so important with the games coming thick and fast.

"It's all about keeping players fresh. Six changes have been made but it's still a very strong team.

"David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez have come back. He's been outstanding all season.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Fernandinho back too and Gabriel Jesus, who has come in for a little bit of stick, but his goal ratio when he plays is ridiculous.


Young gun...๐Ÿ’™

Among the many highlights of our return to action has been the sight of Eric Garcia at the back. Cool, calm and collected, the Spanish teenage central defender has been a joy to watch. 

And to think he is still only 19

Remarkable... and further proof that if you are good enough, you are old enough.


Action stations...

Given that the highlight of my Sunday has been bringing the washing in before it tipped it down, this game can't come soon enough!!

But seriously, City have been a joy to watch since the resumption of action haven't we?

So many highlights and positives to take from our first five games back.

And let's not forget we are still very much in the mix for both the FA Cup and Champions League.

Exciting times.


Stat attack...๐Ÿ“ˆ

Here are some seriously impressive stats for you to digest...

Kevin De Bruyne has created more chances (432) and set up more goals (62) than any other player since his City debut in 2015.

I think we can all agree that KDB is just a joy to watch.

He's ridiculously good... and the good news is he keeps getting better.


Three cheers...

Of course this will be our third meeting of the season with Ralph Hasenhuttl's men.

We recorded 3-1 and 2-1 victories respectively over the Saints at the Etihad in the Carabao Cup and Premier League in late October and early November.

Be nice to make it a hat-trick!


Pep's pre-match thoughts ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œThe reality in the Premier League is we were not as a good as we were the previous two seasons,โ€ he explained.

โ€œWe are better than 18 teams, but not better than one that destroyed the competition. Liverpool have done quite similar to what we have done in previous seasons.

โ€œNow we have to recover our consistency that we missed this season."

"Thatโ€™s in the future. The present is to recover in three days, to prepare right for Wembley to play the semi-finals of the FA Cup, to try to retain the title.

โ€œNext season will be next season. We have time to think about it."


Magnificent seven?...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 Now, I don't want to jinx things but it has to be said that we do boast a pretty decent record against the Saints.

And if we can triumph again this evening that would make it seven  successive Premier League victories against Southampton.

Here's hoping.... 


Scores on the doors โšฝ

It's already been a busy day in the Premier League.

ICYMI earlier on, Burnley and Sheffield United fought out a 1-1 draw while Newcastle and West Ham also shared the spoils in a four-goal thriller at St James' Park.

Liverpool are currently in action at home to Aston Villa where it's goalless just before the break.


Team thoughts โ“

With the games coming thick and fast, it could well be that the boss opts to make a few changes this evening to try and maintain freshness in the players' legs, especially with another home game against Newcastle looming on Wednesday.

Regardless of who gets the nod though, the quality of our squad means that we will be eager to go toe to toe with the Saints.

We won't have too long to wait to find out who starts whoever, with team news set to drop at 6pm.


It's show time (soon!)...


Once again, one of the highlights of our behind closed doors matchday offerings will be our aptly named Weโ€™re Not Really Here live show.

Tonight's lineup sees Hugh Ferris and Natalie Paweleck on presenting duties. 

Wembley '99 play-off heroes Paul Dickov and Michael Brown will be our special guests this evening, and running the rule n all things City with the pre-match show beginning at 18:00 (UK).

Watch it live at the top of this page.

If you like your pre-match build-up to be solely focused on City, this is the show for you!


It's your shout... ๐Ÿ“ฑ


First things, first: We want to hear from you throughout this evening! 

Wherever you are in the world, we want to know your thoughts and predictions and it will be great to see your own matchday setup at home. 

As ever, make sure you use #WNRH on Twitter to get involved and weโ€™ll make sure to feature some of your imput right here in the Matchday Centre.


Good afternoon, Blues! ๐Ÿ‘‹


Another Sunday, another game... and that's exactly how we like it!

Never mind Super Saturday - here's hoping we're in for some stars on Sunday from City at the St Mary's Stadium.

Pep Guardiola has urged his players to carry on in the same thrilling vein of our magnificent win over Liverpool last Thursday.

Iโ€™m in position (in my south Manchester living room, of course) and will be guiding you through all the pre-match build, match action and post-match reaction.

Stick with us for what, hopefully, will be another evening to remember.



Pep's pre-match thoughts ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œThe reality in the Premier League is we were not as a good as we were the previous two seasons,โ€ he explained.

โ€œWe are better than 18 teams, but not better than one that destroyed the competition. Liverpool have done quite similar to what we have done in previous seasons.

โ€œNow we have to recover our consistency that we missed this season."

"Thatโ€™s in the future. The present is to recover in three days, to prepare right for Wembley to play the semi-finals of the FA Cup, to try to retain the title.

โ€œNext season will be next season. We have time to think about it."


The view from the opposition...๐Ÿ”‰

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: "I have big respect for every team and it is not that surprising that they can sometimes score four if you don't do a good job or give them too much space.

โ€œThey can absolutely hurt you like no other team.

โ€œBut we played them twice immediately after the Leicester game, so we had the situation of having to face Manchester City after an ominous result โ€“ away as well โ€“ and we were close to getting something. We lost 2-1.

โ€œSo now we are not scared. Respect, yes, for the way they are playing, but with big brave hearts.โ€


It's matchday! โšฝ

Sunday morning salutations to you all and here we go once again!

Hello and welcome to the Matchday Centre, as we build up to tonight's latest Premier League assignment which sees City travel to take on Southampton.

Kick-off at the St Mary's Stadium is 7pm and, as always, we'll have all of the pre-match discussion, live coverage and post-match reaction right here.

Get in touch on social media using the #WNRH hashtag - we'd love to hear from you.


Other games that day

  • Burnley1
    Sheffield United1
  • Newcastle United2
    West Ham United2
  • Liverpool2
    Aston Villa0
  • Tottenham Hotspur0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 33 +47 89
3 Leicester City 33 +32 58
4 Chelsea 33 +16 57
5 Manchester United 33 +23 55
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 +9 52
7 Arsenal 33 +8 49
8 Sheffield United 33 +1 48
9 Burnley 33 -9 46
10 Tottenham Hotspur 32 +7 45
11 Everton 32 -7 44
12 Newcastle United 33 -10 43
13 Southampton 33 -13 43
14 Crystal Palace 33 -12 42
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 -9 36
16 West Ham United 33 -18 31
17 Watford 33 -23 28
18 Aston Villa 33 -26 27
19 Bournemouth 33 -27 27
20 Norwich City 33 -36 21
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