Iheana­cho helps City draw with Saints

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MANCH­ESTER CITY re­turned to the top of the Premier League on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter com­ing from be­hind to draw 1-1 with Southamp­ton at the Eti­had Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Pep Guardi­ola’s side, who be­gan the sea­son with 10 straight vic­to­ries, have now gone five games without a win in all com­pe­ti­tions, equalling the Spa­niard’s worst run as a man­ager when he was at Barcelona.

“You can win 10 times and then you are not able to win five times,” said Guardi­ola. “I have to dis­cover the rea­son why and I am go­ing to find that.

“We had prob­lems cre­at­ing our build-up. There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween the first and se­cond half. Un­for­tu­nately, we could not win.”

It could have been even worse for City af­ter they gifted Southamp­ton the lead when a way­ward pass from John Stones put Nathan Red­mond in on goal af­ter 27 min­utes.

Mo­ments later Stones thought he had atoned by bundling the ball into the net but his goal was dis­al­lowed for a Ser­gio Aguero off­side.

Guardi­ola re­acted to the poor first half by re­plac­ing Kevin De Bruyne with Kelechi Iheana­cho, who made an im­me­di­ate im­pact by scor­ing from close range af­ter Fer­nand­inho found Leroy Sane with an ex­quis­ite cross­field pass.

Saints re­mained a threat on the break and Clau­dio Bravo saved well from Char­lie Austin on 74 min­utes while Aguero went close at the other end, where Ra­heem Ster­ling was a con­stant threat as City pushed for the elu­sive win­ner. — Su­per­Sport

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