Manchester City 2-1 Southampton: Aguero and Walker complete turnaround

Manchester City 2-1 Southampton: Aguero and Walker complete turnaround

Manchester City 2-1 Southampton: Aguero and Walker complete turnaround

Sometimes he's diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute.

Unlike last season, City are being made to work for their wins this season while manager Pep Guardiola praised their patience and attacking intensity after training to an early James Ward-Prouse goal. Anyone could have scored, I didn't care who it was.

"We were concentrating on our game", said the City right-back, whose appearances in recent weeks have been restricted by illness.

"It was a insane game to play, scoring was one of those insane moments".

Leroy Sane's absence through injury is evident and the German is exactly the player that City need back if they're going to challenge Liverpool for the title.

City initially struggled to break down a resolute Southampton defence before Sergio Aguero eventually equalised when he fired past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Walker grabbed the victor with four minutes to play after Alex McCarthy palmed an Angelino cross in his direction.

"We did everything we could and in the end our intensity, and our players, paid off", Guardiola told BBC Sport. It was just a case of hit it and hopefully get the ball in the back of the net.

Guardiola's agitation was obvious as he turned into the world's best paid ball boy for much of the second half, trying to keep the momentum high as City pressed forward, and the Catalan clashed a couple of times with Southampton's coaches as he tried to retrieve the ball. I think the key was our patience and persistence, also being positive. "Luckily, I was there at the right time".

City travel to Italy to face Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek before travelling to Anfield on November 10.

Southampton remain in the bottom three but the performance was at least a source for encouragement after last week's humiliation. We needed an extraordinary effort, we knew we'd have to defend a lot.

When the ball went out of the play in the dying minutes of the game, the City manager immediately pounced upon the stray ball, thrusting it into Kitzbichler's hands as quickly as he could manage, as if to sarcastically say "You want the ball?"

Walker went from provider to match-winner with 86 minutes played, timing his run into the box perfectly to meet Angelino's cross and emphatically put the ball past McCarthy. We showed how much we can invest, and we have to do it always.

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