Date: 1st December 2014 at 4:10pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the side’s ‘Champions spirit’ following our performance and convincing victory over high flying Southampton at the weekend.

Leading one nil as defender Eliaquim Mangala gave the opposition a man advantage when he received two yellow cards, rather than sitting back and trying to protect the lead, sitting went on to add a further two goals to more than secure our third win on the bounce.

It may not have been a full performance akin to last season, but with Toure, Lampard and Clichy taking the pressure of Sergio Aguero, it was certainly a performance more reminiscent of what we would expect from the side.

The joy for the manager is that he’s getting the response he called for from the players, we are improving again game on game and we have definitely turned the proverbial corner when it comes to our form and team play.

‘I am very pleased because we beat a very good team. They were second in the table and they deserved that position because they play very well. We beat them playing a very good game, not only in defending, though it was important to have a clean sheet again. They had just one chance in the 90 minutes and it’s important for the trust of our team. To score three goals against the best defence in the Premier League is also very important and I think we had at least four more clear chances to score.’

Pellegrini went on to say that before our last three victories, whilst we weren’t at our best, he didn’t think we were playing that badly we were just making ‘important mistakes and maybe we were not so accurate in finishing’ and we were being made to pay for that, but for him the spirit in the side remained and in trying ‘to return to the form of Champions’ we’ve now started to click again and we are getting our just deserts for that.

‘We always try to win. Maybe we had two or three results that were not what we wanted but I am very glad to see the team playing the way they are now.’

With a major talking point from the game being the booking for Aguero for ‘simulation’ I think football is united when it comes to describing it as an ‘unbelievable’ error from the referee, and Pellegrini wasn’t shy in backing the player.

‘It was a penalty – not a yellow card. I told the referee he must decide whether it was a penalty or not but I was sure it wasn’t a yellow card. First of all, Sergio never dives. He is a player who already tries to support the match. I know him and he never tries to cheat the referee or dive.’

Thankfully though Mike Jones’ error didn’t cost us in the game with how we stepped up in the second half.

With Vincent Kompany coming off injured, the gaffer also said the severity of the injury was not yet known, but the substitution was mainly precautionary although it was a hamstring problem. Kompany will miss the Sunderland game along with Mangala who now serves a suspension but hopefully that will be the only one Kompany misses.

Source: Official Site.

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