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 By Alex Crook

Cedric Soares' omission a mistake from Koeman in Saints' City defeat

Ronald Koeman says individual errors cost his side as Southampton lost at Manchester City.

Ronald Koeman hasn't made many mistakes since taking over at Southampton but his bizarre decision to omit Cedric Soares from his match-day squad for Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City backfired dramatically.

The replacement, Maya Yoshida, had a personal nightmare at the Etihad as Southampton's proud unbeaten away record ended. Travelling fans were left scratching their heads when news filtered through an hour before kick-off that Koeman had picked Yoshida at right-back ahead of the popular...

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Manchester City respond to setbacks with flaky win over Southampton

Goals from Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Aleksandar Kolarov put away the game for Man City against Southampton.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner breaks down a mixed day for Manchester City in their 3-1 win over Southampton.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman talked about the errors his side made in their 3-1 defeat against Manchester City.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini satisfied with their win against Southampton and talked about Aguero's injury.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three points from Manchester City's 3-1 victory Saturday against Southampton at the Etihad.

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1. De Bruyne helps flaky City get back on track

These were the moments that Manchester City paid £55 million for. Kevin De Bruyne was decisive in the win over Southampton, first in scoring the opening goal, then providing the delicious assist that supplied Aleksandar Kolarov the chance to make it 3-1 and kill off the challenge of a dangerous, resurgent Southampton.

The Belgian...

 By Alex Crook

Graziano Pelle ban puts Koeman's striker situation in spotlight at Saints

Graziano Pelle misses Southampton's trip to Manchester City this weekend through suspension.

If Ronald Koeman is seeking conclusive evidence Southampton need to sign a striker in the January transfer window it could hit him straight between the eyes at Manchester City on Saturday.

Southampton travel to the Premier League title favourites knowing their bid for a first win at the Etihad in more than a decade will be severely hampered by the absence of top-scorer Graziano Pelle.

Pelle can be no more than a frustrated spectator after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in last weekend's...

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Chelsea target Sadio Mane; Man United on 'red alert' for Bale, Ronaldo

Jose Mourinho feels Chelsea should've converted more chances in their 1-0 win over Norwich City.

The winter window gets closer with each passing day, and the transfer rumour mill is starting to pick up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals here.

TOP STORY: Chelsea target Mane

Chelsea have been linked with a January move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino in recent weeks as they bid to solve their goal-scoring crisis, although the Mirror now reports that the Premier League champions are set to rival Manchester United in the race for Southampton's...

 By Alex Crook

Ronald Koeman must sort Southampton after international woe

Ronald Koeman claimed Southampton deserved a penalty in their 1-0 defeat to Stoke.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman was used to balancing the demands of club and country during the Dutchman's illustrious playing career, but needs to find a way to solve his players' post-international malaise.

Southampton have not won a Premier League match on the back of an international break since October 2014. That poor record continued as their eight-game unbeaten streak came to a shuddering halt in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke.

It is a pattern which is threatening to undermine Koeman's...

 By Alex Crook

Steven Davis the key man for Southampton against Stoke

Southampton's flair players have taken most of the plaudits during their recent ascent up the Premier League table, but unsung hero Steven Davis could be the key to extending their winning run against Stoke on Saturday.

While Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic are quickly emerging as one of the country's most feared forward lines, Davis' imperious form has gone largely under the radar.

The Northern Ireland international will not win too many votes from supporters when it comes to selecting...