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Man City thrash Saints

Sergio Aguero created two goals as champions Manchester City leapfrogged Southampton into second place in the Premier League table with a steely 3-0 victory at St Mary’s on Sunday.

Yaya Toure drilled home Aguero’s pass in the 51st minute and although City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala was then sent off, late goals by substitute Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy secured victory for the visitors.

Mangala was shown a second yellow card in the 74th minute after barging over Shane Long, but Lampard and Clichy’s strikes safeguarded an impressive win that took City to within six points of leaders Chelsea.

Following previous wins over Swansea City and Bayern Munich, Manuel Pellegrini’s appear to have rediscovered some self-belief after a run of only one win in six games that began in mid-October.

TESTING SEQUENCE OF MATCHES

Victory was not completely without complications, however, as a late injury to Vincent Kompany obliged them to see out the game with nine men.

It was a first home defeat since April for Southampton, who have embarked upon a testing sequence of fixtures that continues with Arsenal’s visit on Wednesday before they host Manchester United a week on Monday.

Milner found Lampard lurking on the edge of the box and the former Chelsea man thrashed a low shot past a motionless Forster.

An unlikely figure made the game safe in the 88th minute, with Clichy haring downfield to apply an assured finishing touch to Aguero’s delicate outside-of-the-foot pass.