Che Adams’ lengthy watch for a Premier League aim lastly got here to an finish as his elegant strike earned Southampton an excellent 1-Zero victory over Manchester City.
Simply three days after placing champions Liverpool to the sword, City have been unable to breach a resolute Saints defence and have been undone by a bit of brilliance by Adam.
Having been dropped at St Mary’s from Birmingham for a sizeable price final summer season, the striker has discovered life within the top-flight troublesome – he had did not register a aim in 22 league outings previous to CIty’s go to.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old didn’t seem like a person on a barren run of kind when he expertly lobbed the ball over Ederson from 40 yards after a mistake from Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Whereas Adams could seize the headlines for his superb strike, Southampton have been additionally indebted to goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for the superb victory.
Criticised for his error within the current defeat to Arsenal, Ralph Hasenhuttl stored religion in McCarthy – and he repaid his supervisor with a string of excellent saves.
For City, this was an enormous comedown following their 4-Zero thrashing of newly-crowned champions Liverpool on Thursday.
Pep Guardiola made six adjustments from that recreation, dropping Kevin De Bruyne to the bench because the City boss slipped to a 3rd consecutive away league defeat for the primary time in his managerial profession.
They threw every little thing on the Saints aim however merely may discover no means again after Adam’s strike, which got here with 16 minutes on the clock.
Zinchenko was caught in possession as Stuart Armstrong stole the ball off his toe, with Adams benefiting from Ederson being properly off his line to lob the City goalkeeper from round 40 yards.
Saints have largely been counting on Danny Ings for his or her objectives however the striker made his mark on the different finish of the pitch, clearing a cross off the road as opposing gamers flooded in.
McCarthy then made two vital stops as City pushed for the equaliser, turning a Raheem Sterling strike away earlier than protecting out a David Silva header both aspect of Fernandinho hitting the bottom of the put up with a low drive.
Riyad Mahrez was the following to be stored at bay by McCarthy, who used his legs to maintain out a shot from an acute angle.
Aymeric Laporte couldn’t fairly attain a Gabriel Jesus flick-on because the second half began as the primary had concluded – City nearly completely inside the ultimate third and the hosts trying to hold them at bay.
McCarthy was as soon as once more known as upon to forestall the equaliser, this time turning away a close-range Jesus header after which protecting out David Silva’s shot.
Guardiola turned to his bench and his two in-form stars as each De Bruyne and Phil Foden have been launched simply earlier than the hour as Sterling and Mahrez made means.
Southampton lastly managed to push themselves additional upfield and Armstrong had an excellent likelihood to double their lead, just for Ederson to save lots of comfortably.
The anticipated onslaught of the Southampton aim did not materialise, though a misjudgement from McCarthy nearly noticed City draw stage with a stoppage time personal aim.
The final significant kick of the sport was a De Bruyne free-kick on the sting of field, however he may solely slam it into the wall as Southampton secured again to again wins.