Southampton slipped to another defeat against Manchester City on Saturday, but strangely the mood would have been significantly lifted in the visitors dressing room after a solid performance against Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions.
Just a week after being thrashed 9-0 by Leicester City on home soil, the Saints took the game to City at the Etihad and even took the lead inside 13 minutes through James Ward-Prowse. The England midfielder capitalised on some poor goalkeeping from Ederson to stab home from close range to put his side ahead early on.
Can Moussa Djenepo rescue Southampton's season?
However, City’s experience shone through as the game progressed and on the stroke of 70 minutes, the ever-reliable Sergio Aguero drew the Sky Blues level, before defender Kyle Walker scored a late winner just 16 minutes later. A bitter pill for the Saints to swallow, though their performance will have pleased manager Ralph Hasenhuttl after their dismal showing against Leicester.
Another huge positive for the south coast outfit was the reintroduction of winger Moussa Djenepo, who returned to the fold off the bench for the final 10 minutes after spending a month out through injury. The Malian looked sharp, successfully completing 3 dribbles – more than any other Southampton attacker at the Etihad, apart from Nathan Redmond, who also registered 3 (via WhoScored).
Saints fans were pleased with what they saw from Djenepo’s brief cameo at the weekend, with some urging manager Hasenhuttl to start him against Everton on Saturday.
He made a bit of an impact when he came on especially as Man City sat back when 2-1 up…..just not enough time on the pitch….
Looking forward to seeing him against Everton!#saintsfc
— Jamie Pragnell (@jamie_pragnell) November 3, 2019
Needs to play this Saturday. Hes not a holding midfielder so must start. He will run at players . He will go round players. And on top of that he can also bang them in . Come on .
— Nick Graham (@nicksfc73) November 3, 2019
Starter for thé game against Everton next week please.
And not at full back please Ralph
— Spencer Houghton (@SpencerHoughts) November 3, 2019
Quite literally our one hope of staying up…
— Matthew Parrott (@mparrott31) November 3, 2019
probably our most important player
— Karl (@ObscureThing77) November 3, 2019
Start him against Everton
— Freddie Marsh (@FresdieMarsh) November 3, 2019
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