Guardiola: 3-1 is a good result
Football-30 December 23:44 GMT
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola was pleased with the 3-1 win over Southampton despite not adding to the scoreline in the second half after David Silva, an own goal and Sergio Aguero with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scoring and getting sent off.
“It was a good performance, especially in the first 30-35 minutes,” he reflected.
“3-1 is a good result. It could have been bigger but after two defeats, winning was the most important thing. The players did what they had to do – they are fantastic players.
“We gave absolutely everything. Look what happened with Oleks (after the Ukrainian was dispossessed for Southampton’s equaliser) and how he reacted as a young player.
“He didn’t hide. He was completely the opposite and went on to make an assist. He was the best player on the pitch.
“Fernandinho deserves to play for us. We know that. It’s the same with any club in the world – any team has important players and Ferna is one of them for us.
“Before 1-1, we played to score more; then they scored and the game was more equal but we carried on and scored the second goal.
“In previous games, we did everything and the first time the opponent arrived in our half they scored.
“We have to demand our people in front to finish the situation. We had four or five actions to finish… but today, had the feeling the players did absolutely everything.”