Sunday 09 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Southampton dented Manchester City’s hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title with Mauricio Pochettino’s first win since taking over as manager of the south-coast club in January.
The result made it three matches without a victory for Man City and left them nine points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.
But it was a first win in five for Southampton, who climbed a place to 15th – six points clear of the relegation zone.
It took the Saints only seven minutes to grab the lead when Jason Puncheon nicked the ball off Gareth Barry and found Jay Rodriguez just outside the area. Rodriguez's shot was saved by Joe Hart but Puncheon slotted in the rebound.
Steven Davis doubled the lead in the 22nd minute when he forced the ball over the line after Hart dropped a shot from Rickie Lambert.
City gave themselves hope six minutes before half-time when Edin Dzeko raced the length of the field to turn in a cross from Pablo Zabaleta for his 12th Barclays Premier League goal of the season.
The champions had also trailed Southampton 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season before hitting back to win 3-2, but there was to be no comeback this time as Gareth Barry's misplaced backpass rolled into his own net in the 48th minute to seal victory for Saints.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "I'm happy for all the people who work at the club and for all the people at St Mary's – it's been an incredible day. The key was all the work we put in over the last few weeks."
Roberto Mancini's side did not retain the title – finishing 11 points behind city rivals United in second.
Newly-promoted Southampton, who secured back-to-back promotions from League One to the Barclays Premier League, registered impressive wins over Chelsea and Liverpool on the way to a 14th-place finish.