Kompany ends 20-month City goal drought in Southampton win

Pep Guardiola impressed with Sergio Aguero's response to losing his place

Claude Puel's side, who were attempting to win three successive league games for the first time under the Frenchman, remain in ninth place.

Steven Davis is available after recovering from an ankle problem but Oriol Romeu is suspended.

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'I have two fantastic guys, two fantastic goalkeepers, with Willy and Claudio.

Guardiola's men also have the FA Cup to look forward to, with a game against Arsenal scheduled in the semi-finals next weekend. Any similar slip-up this time would encourage their rivals for a place in the top four. "When this happens I feel like I'm giving something back to the fans and the team, and that's what you see in those moments".

Vincent Kompany says that his level of match fitness "does not matter" after scoring in the win against Southampton on Saturday in only his second game back after two months out. "He has a good philosophy".

Pep Guardiola admits he needs more time to give Manchester City a winning mentality. They trail the Baggies by four points, with a game in hand. They deserved it too.

"We're delighted with the clean sheet and the performance".

Kompany's injuries have been so prolific in recent seasons that it's best to exercise caution when discussing his comeback, but today felt like an important landmark. Manchester City's opponents Southampton this Saturday are capable of beating any team especially at St Mary's Stadium where they are always hard opponents.

City have scored in the last 11 meetings in all competitions. Seven games banned because he is so aggressive.

City picked up where they left off at the end of the first half, and Jesus Navas forced a superb save from Forster who palmed a fiery effort over the bar.

The Saints have not beaten any of the top six teams in eight attempts this campaign.

The prolific Argentine hitman has 118 Premier League goals in 174 appearances and has been one of the most unsafe strikers in the world during his time at the Etihad Stadium.

And Maya Yoshida believes they must learn to fight more as a team with matches coming up against Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.