Manchester City player ratings v Southampton

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Manchester City leapfrogged Southampton to move second in the Premier League table thanks to a deserved 3-0 victory over the south coast side.

Manuel Pellegrini's men were on a high following Tuesday's vital 3-2 win against Bayern Munich and made it three wins in a row in all competitions on Sunday lunchtime.

Goals from Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy were enough to seal the points against a Southampton side boasting the league's meanest defence.

The Premier League champions finished the game with just nine men after Eliaquim Mangala saw red with 15 minutes remaining and Vincent Kompany hobbled off with City having already used all three substitutions.

Player Ratings

Joe Hart: 6

The England goalkeeper had a quiet afternoon with the hosts posing little threat. Chose to punch on a couple of occasions when it looked like he had time to catch the ball.

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Pablo Zabaleta: 6

Back in the team in place of Bacary Sagna, Zabaleta expected to have his hands full facing Dusan Tadic. However, like the rest of the Saints attack Tadic had a quiet game leaving Zabaleta with a fairly easy ride.

Vincent Kompany: 6

Looked his usual solid self against a subdued attack but gave City fans a scare when he limped off with just minutes to go. Vital he's fit in time for clash with Roma next month.

Eliaquim Mangala: 4

French defender had a reasonably solid game but owes his low rating to two silly fouls that left City hanging on with ten men for the final 15 minutes of an important fixture. The £32m spent on him in the summer looks wasted at the moment.

Gael Clichy: 7

The City left back had little to do defensively but showed great energy to get himself on the end of a counter attack in the final minutes of the game. His goal was his first for City in over 100 appearances for the club.

Jesus Navas: 5

Another quiet game form the Spanish speedster. Had one half chance after nicking the ball from Ryan Bertrand but could only shoot wide.

Fernandinho: 6

Kept things ticking over in central midfield for City, justifying his inclusion ahead of the more defensive-minded Fernando.

Yaya Toure: 7

Back among the goals for City and showed his versatility by taking over from Kompany in the centre of defence for the final few minutes.

Samir Nasri: 6

Will be disappointed not to have claimed an assist when he found Stevan Jovetic in space in the penalty area but the Montenegro forward couldn't finish. Otherwise quiet.

Stevan Jovetic: 5

Had a golden chance to break the deadlock in the first half but his first touch let him down and although he still managed to beat Fraser Forster, his shot was cleared off the line.

Sergio Aguero: 8

The Argentine failed to score on his 100th Premier League appearance but his all-round play was impressive and he set up two of City's three goals. Picked up a yellow card for simulation in the Southampton box despite replays showing he was clearly upended by Jose Fonte.


James Milner: 6

Replaced Jovetic with over half an hour to go and it was his determination and energy that allowed Frank Lampard to grab the second.

Frank Lampard: 7

Followed up his excellent midweek display with a 25 minute cameo appearance that saw him claim his 174th Premier League goal.

Martin Demichelis: 5

Brought on to fill the void left by Mangala's 75th minute sending off and played a big part in the counter attack that saw Clichy seal the points with City's third.

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