Manchester City recorded back-to-back wins in the Premier League as they comfortably beat Southampton 3-0 at St Mary’s Stadium to strengthen their hold on the top four.

Before the game, City resoundingly beat Hull City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium to consolidate their position in the top four. Southampton are in a battle with West Bromwich Albion for a top eight finish, with the Saints beating the Baggies 1-0 at the Hawthorns last time out.

The first half of the game was lacklustre and dull from both sides, with City controlling the ball with surprising ease for the majority of the half. The big talking point was when Leroy Sane was denied a penalty appeal after Fraser Forster looked to have fouled the German winger. Replays showed that Forster got the slightest of touches on the ball before Sane was brought down.

The second half brought a big difference in team performance with the Citizens dispatching Southampton with three well-worked goals. The first goal came through a David Silva corner, which found the head of Vincent Kompany to give City the lead.

The second goal came through a great counter-attacking move started by Kevin De Bruyne, who assisted Leroy Sane for his ninth goal of the season. The third goal came through De Bruyne yet again, whose sharp cross found Sergio Aguero to end the game as a contest.

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