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- Saints fall to a heavy defeat at the Etihad Stadium
- Jay Rodriguez stretchered off with horrible-looking knee injury
- Yaya Toure's early penalty gave City the lead
- Rickie Lambert equalised from the spot
- City's second goal allowed to stand despite offside
- Dzeko and Jovetic rounded off win for the hosts
Saints fall to a 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, but the scoreline probably didn't reflect how well the visitors did, especially in the first half. Mauricio Pochettino having a go at the officials after the whistle, after their terrible mistake allowed City's second goal to stand. The result leaves Saints eighth in the table, although Newcastle will overtake them if they beat Manchester United this afternooon. Thanks for joining us. We'll have a report and reaction for you on the website shortly. Plus you can see a full report, analysis and photos from the match in tonight's Sports Pink.
MANCHESTER CITY 4 SAINTS 1
Nearly 5-1 to Manchester City. Yaya Toure's low shot across goal from the edge of the area beats Paulo Gazzaniga, who may have got a slight touch to it, but hits the post and rebounds to safety (86 mins).
MANCHESTER CITY 4 SAINTS 1 (Stevan Jovetic 81)
Jesus Navas' low cross from the right eludes everyone and finds its way to Jovetic at the back post, who slots into an empty net, with Paulo Gazzaniga unable to reach the delivery as he slid out.
Luke Shaw (left) and Morgan Schneiderlin appear dejected after Manchester City scored two goals in one minute.
Saints: Jack Cork off, Victor Wanyama on (80 mins).
Yaya Toure booked for diving.
Manchester City: David Silva off, Stevan Jovetic on (77 mins).
Saints: Steven Davis off, Sam Gallagher on (76 mins).
Edin Dzeko scoring Manchester City's third goal, before being subbed off.
CHANCE (75 mins): Adam Lallana slips in Rickie Lambert, but he shoots wide of the far post from a tight angle. A big chance, but it was always going to be hard to beat Joe Hart from that angle.
Javi Garcia cautioned for a foul on Adam Lallana.
Manchester City: Edin Dzeko off, Alvaro Negredo on (65 mins).
CHANCE (59 mins): Paulo Gazzaniga saves from Edin Dzeko at the near post after being played through by David Silva. The rebound falls to Dzeko again, but his side-footed effort is well off target.
PENALTY APPEAL (55 mins): Yaya Toure goes on a powerful run down the left channel, sprinting clear of the Saints defence. He is then shoulder-barged to the ground in the area by Jose Fonte, but Chris Foy says no penalty, much to the City midfielder's frustration.
The point when Ray Rodriguez was injured and stretchered off the pitch.
Rickie Lambert scoring from the penalty spot, and celebrating with Adam Lallana.
The second half is underway. One change at the break, with Javi Garcia replacing Fernandinho for Manchester City.
MANCHESTER CITY 3 SAINTS 1
MANCHESTER CITY 3 SAINTS 1 (Edin Dzeko 45)
Another added time goal for City, as Edin Dzeko is left free to head in Aleksandar Kolarov's cross.
MANCHESTER CITY 2 SAINTS 1 (Samir Nasri 45)
This is so harsh on Saints. Firstly, as they had taken control of the game and, secondly, because it's clearly offside. It's a nice move from City, but as Edin Dzeko flicks in David Silva, the midfielder is a couple of yards offside. The assistant referee misses it, however, and he slips a clever pass to Samir Nasri to score.
Fernandinho booked for handball (45 mins).
Very much hope that the Jay Rodriguez injury is not as serious as it appears to be.— @GaryLineker 05 April 2014
Jay Rodriguez is tened to by the Saints medical staff and receives a supportive gesture from Rickie Lambert before being carried off.
Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER CITY 1 SAINTS 1 (Rickie Lambert pen 37)
Like there was any doubt! Lambert produces a peach of a penalty, firing past a full-stretch Joe Hart. Saints are level.
Saints get a spot kick of their own. Jack Cork goes on a lovely little run and cuts inside Pablo Zabaleta right on the corner of the area. The defender sticks out a foot and trips Cork, with referee Chris Foy pointing to the spot.
CHANCE (35 mins): A pretty dreadful miss from Edin Dzeko keeps the score at 1-0. Dejan Lovren fouls Yaya Toure just outside the right side of the penalty area. Samir Nasri whips in the free-kick to the back post and picks out Dzeko, but his free header from four yards hits the top of the bar and goes over.
A horrible moment here at the Etihad Stadium, as Jay Rodriguez tries to control a high ball, only to land awkwardly on his right knee. The forward was in a significant amount of pain straight away and looked to be in tears at one point. A stretcher takes him off the field, with James Ward-Prowse replacing him. Clearly great concern over the rest of Rodriguez's season now, as well as his World Cup hopes. The England manager, Roy Hodgson, watched on from the stands as the 24-year-old was taken off.
Yaya Toure strokes home from the spot to give Manchester City the lead.
Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
CHANCE (15 mins): Rickie Lambert shows tremendous vision with a chipped pass over the top of the City defence that picks out the run of Adam Lallana. He can't control the ball as it drops from the air, however, and it runs out of play for a goal kick. Lallana would have been in had he been able to bring the ball down.
CHANCE (9 mins): Rickie Lambert goes agonisingly close, as Jay Rodriguez curls in a lovely ball from the left. Lambert's run isn't tracked, but he can't quite get to the cross, coming up just inches shy of connecting with it from about ten yards out.
MANCHESTER CITY 1 SAINTS 0 (Yaya Toure pen 3)
Toure sends Paulo Gazzaniga the wrong way, and City have the lead.
Edin Dzeko turns past Jose Fonte and is tripped in the area by the defender. Chris Foy points to the spot and City have a third-minute penalty.
Referee Chris Foy gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at the Etihad Stadium. Saints in their black away strip, while City are in blue. Kick-off just a few minutes away now. Stay with us for updates from throughout the match.
It's a big day for this man, Paulo Gazzaniga, who is starting in goal for Saints, with first-choic Artur Boruc sidelined by a slight back injury. The 22-year-old has played in six games this season, with Saints winning just one of those. He did, however, start the 1-1 draw against Manchester City, at St Mary's, in December.
12:22pm Sat 5 Apr 14
Gazza's got talent. Let's hope today he gets the confidence he needs to fulfil his potential.
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino: "We're having a fantastic season so far but we're up against one of the candidates to win the League."— @premierleague 05 April 2014
The teams have finished their pre-match warm-ups and have disappeared down the tunnel and back to the dressing rooms. Kick-off now just about ten minutes away.
Southampton's Luke Shaw: "We haven't come here to sit back and soak up pressure, we want to attack them. Hopefully we can get three points."— @premierleague 05 April 2014
James Ward-Prowse spoke to the media this week about his friend and fellow teenager Luke Shaw, pictured above. Ward-Prowse teased his teammate for his "dopey" nature, and, on a more serious note, said there is no reason why the left-back, who is expected to be the subject of bids from some of the division's top clubs this summer, would not want to be at Saints.
Artur Boruc's injury is a back problem. Gaston Ramirez is also absent from the squad this afternoon with an ankle problem.
Today's game represents Mauricio Pochettino's first visit to the Etihad Stadium as Saints manager. The Argentine says his side go to the title favourites without fear, but admits they will need to be close to perfect in order to get a result.
We know we are going to be playing against Manchester City and we need to be fully focused not just tactically but technically as well, individually and collectively. Pretty much we need to be perfect to get something out of that game.Mauricio Pochettino
11:52am Sat 5 Apr 14
Norwegian Saint says
Come on Gazza!
Although my hope of a good game has now dropped without Artur.
Last season's meeting between the clubs at the Etihad Stadium was a thriller. It came on the opening weekend of the campaign, with Saints announcing their return to the Premier League in style. Although ultimately losing 3-2, the visitors earned plenty of plaudits for their performance and did lead for a while in the second half after goals from Rickie Lambert and then Steven Davis.
For Manchester City, top scorer Sergio Ageuro is not fit enough to play a part in the game.
The breaking team news for Saints is that Artur Boruc misses out through injury.
With Kelvin Davis also missing that means Paulo Gazzaniga comes into the team with Cody Cropper on the bench.
The only other change comes with Morgan Schneiderlin into the side for James Ward-Prowse. That means Schneiderlin partners Jack Cork in a holding midfield role with Steven Davis playing in the three off of Rickie Lambert.
Victor Wanyama and Nathaniel Clyne are fit enough to be on the bench.
SAINTS: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: Cropper, Clyne, Hooiveld, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Gallagher.
MAN CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko.
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Garcia, Milner, Jovetic, Negredo.
Ref: Chris Foy
Saints squad news: Victor Wanyama will be assessed before the trip to Manchester City on Saturday. The Kenyan midfielder has been absent for nearly a month with a leg injury, but could return for the encounter at the Etihad Stadium. Nathaniel Clyne (groin), Kelvin Davis (hip) and Maya Yoshida (knee) are all set to miss out.
Manchester City squad news: City are again due to be without Sergio Aguero for the visit of Saints. The Argentina striker is back in training after four games out with a hamstring injury, but is not yet match-fit and next week's clash with title rivals Liverpool is now the target. Centre-back Matija Nastasic, who has been out for two months with a knee problem, also remains on the sidelines.
A look inside the Etihad Stadium.
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog, covering today's early kick-off between Manchester City and Saints at the Etihad Stadium. City need three points to keep hold of their status as favoruites for the title, but Saints will be hoping to spring a surprise here. Mauricio Pochettino's side were the better team when the clubs met earlier this season, playing out a 1-1 draw at St Mary's, but this is a different prospect, with City boasting one of the best home records in Europe. If last season's encounter here is anything to go by, though, this should be a good one. Stay with us for build-up, team news and match updates.