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‘Really good performance’ – Guardiola reflects as Man City ‘punished’ by dogged Southampton

Manchester City slipped to their third consecutive away defeat with a shock 1-0 loss against a dogged and determined Southampton side at St. Mary’s.

Southampton came into the game with the worst home record in the division, though you would have never have known, Ralph Hassenhutl’s side playing some confident football from the off against the recently dethroned kings of England.

In the 16th minute, the Saints would go ahead, and in some style too. The determined Saints caught the visitors in possession in the middle of the park, the ball falling to Che Adams who hit it first time to loft it over the top of sweeper-keeper Ederson from all of 40 yards to score his first Premier League goal.

Man City played their usual intricate and dominant brand of football, being denied on a number of occasions by Alex McCarthy in the Saints goal;  the entire Southampton side defending for their lives all over the pitch, with Jack Stephens particularly impressive in defence.

The second half brought on a what can best be described as an onslaught from Pep Guardiola’s side, though they were unable to make the breakthrough despite the introductions of Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden, failing to convert any of their 26 attempts on goal.

Speaking afterwards, Pep Guardiola insisted his side produced a ‘really good performance’, while outlining his desire to be more clinical as he prepares for next season.

“It was a little bit of a resume of this season – one mistake and they punished us,” the Catalan told ManCity.com. “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.”

“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.”

City require just four points from their remaining five games to guarantee their place in the top four, hosting Newcastle on Wednesday night, while Southampton – who climb one place to 13th – face Everton at Goodison Park 24 hours later.

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