Last Updated: 20/08/12 8:50am
Thanks for following the game with me, Rebecca Stephenson this afternoon.. and thank you for all your input via twitter and e-mail. Feel free to follow me @1rebs and I'll see you for another game very soon
Man City come from behind to win 3-2 - sounds familiar! but Southampton can be proud of their performance. they passed it around well, and if they can play like that every week they'll be closer to the top than the bottom in May
There'll be three minutes of added time. Gary Neville names Samir Nasri as man of the match.. but can Southampton still get something here?
Corner for Southampton headed away by Lescott... a cross from Puncheon is headed down by Lambert but it falls to Fonte who skies it over the bar
Bad mistake by Danny Fox, who heads the ball straight to the feet of Samir Nasri - Great finish from him.
so City - 2-1 down against a team in red... Dzeko's equalised...slightly longer to go this time around though
City trying to calm things down again - getting some more possession again, slowing it down, trying to restore order...Free kick is from Toure is Parried by Kelvin Davis, but it falls kindly for Southampton and they clear
All hell's broken loose!! Southampton attack, two clear chances are blocked by the City defence.... straight up the other end and Balotelli misses from 4 yards out - this could be any score now
It was Jack Rodwell who gave the ball away, Southampton broke away, it was played back to Davis by Lallana and he finished beautifully across Joe Hart into the far corner
Free kick from Tevez hits the wall and goes out for a corner... cleared.. Rodwell gives the ball away..
You'd still back City to win this, they're having more possession than in the first half and the likes of Tevez and Nasri are probing around the edge of the box
Rickie Lambert makes an immediate impact after coming on.. tapped back to him on the edge of the box by Do Prado and he curls it past Joe Hart - great finish
Puncheon crosses into the City box, but Silva gets a tackle in on Lallana as he tries to shoot.. more encouraging for the Saints
Lambert comes on for Rodriguez for Southampton.. Saints top scorer last season is unleashed as they have to come out a bit more... if they can
It's not David Silva's day! Tevez breaks clear on the right flank and crosses, the ball falls to Silva about 5 yards out but he clips the top of the bar and goes over
Lovely pass cross field to the back post from Ya Ya Toure finds Clichy of all people, but he puts his half-volley over the bar
Do Prado looking very isolated now in the City half as City press forward, Southampton can't get out at the moment..
Nasri drives the ball across the box but Dzeko wasn't anticipating the ball falling to him and it hits him, 2 yards out and bounces into Davis' hands
Connor McGarry - Despite the score being 1-0 I think Southampton show real potential for the Premier League and we can't count them out after one game
David - Can see City going on to score another couple of hard earned goals and predict a tevez brace.
Nathan wood - as a man united fan, I would gloat at city. But that is unsporting. Aguero was city's best goal scorer. Out for 4 weeks I reckon.
Ciaran McBride - Manchester City have got one hand on the 3 points, clearly dominating the game. I can see them scoring 2 or 3 more goals today.
Grant Mills - Too much tikka takka around the box. Need more shoota shoota. Never looked like scoring that pen. Tevez should take them.
So City lead 1-0 at half time. The Goal came from Tevez, 5 minutes before half time.. he ran onto a through ball from Nasri - and although he could have been offside, it wasn't given and he slotted past Davis at the near post.
HALF TIME... Decent display from Southampton but City deserve the lead at half time.. what did you make of it all? we've got 15 minutes of half time to discuss.. what will happen next? have you been impressed with southampton? @1rebs or firstname.lastname@example.org
A lovely move from Silva, Nasri and Zaballetta ends with Dzeko falling over the ball, but City keep possession, another goalmouth scramble, but Southampton survive
There's going to be 4 minutes of time added at the end of the half - mainly due to the Aguero injury
City now suddenly have more confidence and are injecting that pace - Southampton almost achieved half time at 0-0 and their heads have dropped a bit - powerful shot from Dzeko is straight at Davis
Carlos Tevez breaks the offside trap...just... and beats Davis at the near post "that's why we're Champions" rings around the Etihad
but we're at the other end now - free kick to Southampton on the edge of the box... Lallana puts it in but its headed behind for a corner
Tevez again finding that bit of space on the edge of the box - you have to think one of his attempted through-balls will eventually bear fruit..
Zabaletta gets into the box and tries to find Silva but its snuffed out.. Southampton break and Ya Ya Toure brings it to a sudden, and illegal end! free kick
A corner for City brings the big guns forward from the back but its overhit.. City now have it in midfield
Southampton again just playing the ball around the centre circle, being patient.. City need to inject some pace into their attacks
Rob - Aguero being out is a killer for 2 reasons...1 dream team captain and 2 had him as first scorer and city 2-0 with skybet :( #badday
Southampton holding their own and doing well in possession but getting back quickly.. will they tire though?
It was a penalty - Tevez clipped on the edge of the box by Hooiveld, but Silva hit a weak penalty which hit Davis in the midriff
City fans - how much of a miss would Aguero be? surely you have adequate back up to cover him if he is out for a while? Tweet me @1rebs or e-mail email@example.com
Aguero is stretchered off after trying to carry on - could be facing a spell out.... may be time to change your fantasy team? but for City they could be without him for a while, he doesn't look too optimistic
Jedd - Early doors but saints not showing city any respect and trying to go about their own game. Very impressed so far.
looks like Aguero may have twisted his knee here - still undergoing treatment.. Balotelli warming up.. the stretcher is on
Aguero is down injured after a tackle by Nathanial Clyne - seemed to get the ball but caught Aguero with his trailing leg.. doesn't look good for the man who scored the title winning goal
Anthony PBA hirst. hi, Burnley fan and a Jay Rodriguez fan.. Really happy 4 him starting 2day I wish him luck :)
No long to go now - the teams are in the tunnel - strange kit from Southampton isn't it? hardly red/white stripes!
Scott from Stockport - loving the atmosphere looking forward to see the best team in manchester show these new boys what the premier league is - I predict 3-1
Socrates - Should be a good game - cant underestimate Southampton! I'm going 4-1 city though! (city fan)
jedd þ- I think it will go one of two ways. City might take them too lightly and get a shock with saints getting something, or a hammering.
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