Che Adams’ lengthy look ahead to a Premier League purpose lastly got here to an finish as his chic strike earned Southampton an excellent 1-Zero victory over Manchester Metropolis.
Simply three days after placing champions Liverpool to the sword, Metropolis have been unable to breach a resolute Saints defence and have been undone by a chunk of brilliance by Adam.
Having been delivered to St Mary’s from Birmingham for a sizeable payment final summer time, the striker has discovered life within the top-flight tough – he had did not register a purpose in 22 league outings previous to CIty’s go to.
Nonetheless, the 23-year-old didn’t appear to be a person on a barren run of kind when he expertly lobbed the ball over Ederson from 40 yards after a mistake from Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Whereas Adams might seize the headlines for his high quality strike, Southampton have been additionally indebted to goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for the high quality victory.
Criticised for his error within the latest defeat to Arsenal, Ralph Hasenhuttl saved religion in McCarthy – and he repaid his supervisor with a string of fine saves.
For Metropolis, this was an enormous comedown following their 4-Zero thrashing of newly-crowned champions Liverpool on Thursday.
Pep Guardiola made six modifications from that sport, dropping Kevin De Bruyne to the bench because the Metropolis boss slipped to a 3rd consecutive away league defeat for the primary time in his managerial profession.
They threw all the pieces on the Saints purpose however merely might discover no method again after Adam’s strike, which got here with 16 minutes on the clock.
Zinchenko was caught in possession as Stuart Armstrong stole the ball off his toe, with Adams benefiting from Ederson being properly off his line to lob the Metropolis goalkeeper from round 40 yards.
Saints have largely been counting on Danny Ings for his or her targets however the striker made his mark on the different finish of the pitch, clearing a cross off the road as opposing gamers flooded in.
McCarthy then made two essential stops as Metropolis pushed for the equaliser, turning a Raheem Sterling strike away earlier than holding out a David Silva header both facet of Fernandinho hitting the bottom of the publish with a low drive.
Riyad Mahrez was the subsequent to be saved at bay by McCarthy, who used his legs to maintain out a shot from an acute angle.
Aymeric Laporte couldn’t fairly attain a Gabriel Jesus flick-on because the second half began as the primary had concluded – Metropolis virtually completely inside the ultimate third and the hosts seeking to maintain them at bay.
McCarthy was as soon as once more referred to as upon to forestall the equaliser, this time turning away a close-range Jesus header after which holding out David Silva’s shot.
Guardiola turned to his bench and his two in-form stars as each De Bruyne and Phil Foden have been launched simply earlier than the hour as Sterling and Mahrez made method.
Southampton lastly managed to push themselves additional upfield and Armstrong had a great probability to double their lead, just for Ederson to avoid wasting comfortably.
The anticipated onslaught of the Southampton purpose did not materialise, though a misjudgement from McCarthy virtually noticed Metropolis draw degree with a stoppage time personal purpose.
The final significant kick of the sport was a De Bruyne free-kick on the sting of field, however he might solely slam it into the wall as Southampton secured again to again wins.