Southampton’s Che Adams being congratulated by team-mates (AFP Photo)SOUTHAMPTON: Southampton‘s Che Adams scored his first Saints objective, a yr after becoming a member of the membership, with a surprising long-range strike as they beat Manchester City 1-Zero to sentence Pep Guardiola’s facet to a 3rd successive away defeat within the Premier League.
Adams signed for Southampton from Birmingham City for a reported 15 million kilos ($18.72 million) in July 2019 and failed to attain in his earlier 24 league video games for the crew.
But after Oleksandr Zinchenko was robbed by Stuart Armstrong, Adams noticed City’s Brazilian keeper Ederson far off his line and beat him with an attractive lofted drive from over 30 metres out to place the house facet forward within the 16th minute.
Second-placed City, who beat champions Liverpool 4-Zero of their final outing, responded with a wave of assaults and had 73% possession and 24 pictures on objective however got here up in opposition to mid-table Southampton’s impressed goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
He saved a strong drive from Raheem Sterling, a objective certain header from David Silva — after Fernandinho struck the publish — after which stored out Riyad Mahrez with his toes.
While neither facet had a lot at stake within the recreation, each fought for the factors as if the whole lot was on the road.
After the break, City’s stress intensified and Guardiola introduced on Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden as he tried to discover a manner by a Southampton facet who got here into the sport with the worst dwelling file within the Premier League this season.
But the Saints defence, beautifully marshalled by centre-halves Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek, held agency for a win that strikes them as much as 13th place within the desk with 43 factors from 33 video games.
Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuettl hailed the victory as his facet’s finest dwelling efficiency in his time on the membership and stated they’d been conscious of the prospect to show Ederson.
“If you have a goalkeeper playing like him, as a libero, it is normal that he isn’t always in his goal. Our goal was to be clinical and quick in your mind, and it was an unbelievable first touch and goal from Che,” he stated.
City stay on 66 factors, 23 adrift of Liverpool and eight away from third-placed Leicester City. Guardiola, who took over at The Etihad in 2016, had by no means misplaced three immediately league video games earlier than in his managerial profession.
“We played really well, but made a few mistakes in our box and got punished,” stated the Spaniard. “Afterwards we created a lot but couldn’t score and that’s a little bit the story of our season in the Premier League. We played really, really well.”