By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City kept up the heat on league leaders Liverpool with a 4-1 win over Southampton at the Etihad.
Micah was on the bench and City went ahead early on, Edin Dzeko judged to have been brought down in the penalty area and Yaya Toure stepping up to convert, scoring his 18th league goal of the season in the process.
Samir Nasri then went close with a low drive before Saints applied the pressure, Adam Rodgriguez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert going close, before the latter scored from the penalty spot after Jack Cork was brought down by Pablo Zabaleta.
However, any hopes among the travelling support were extinguished rapidly as City grabbed a quick-fire double just before half-time, followed up by a further goal in the second half.
First, a nice team goal saw David Silva feed Nasri who fired home to make it 2-1, before Dzeko headed home from a Aleksandar Kolarov cross just before the interval.
Stevan Jovetic then added a fourth after Jesus Navas’ ball evaded the entire Saints defence, whilst Toure hit the post soon after as City sealed a comfortable win that keeps them in second place, a point behind Liverpool.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Garcia, Milner, Jovetic, Negredo
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: Cropper, Clyne, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Gallagher.