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Match From The Past: Southampton 0-3 Manchester City

City Destroy Saints At The Dell

Mike Sheron and Niall Quinn of Manchester City
Mike Sheron (2) and Niall Quinn Scored Two Goals For City in a 3-0 win at The Dell

The 1991/92 season was the final season before the Premier League began, and City had started the season well, with eight wins from fourteen matches, leaving them third place in the league, four points behind leaders Leeds United and three behind neighbours Manchester United. By contrast, Southampton were struggling near the bottom of the league, with just three wins from fourteen matches.

But City hadn’t won at Southampton since 1974, and had only drawn one of their subsequent eleven matches. Could the blues keep the pressure on the top two?

City took the lead in the first half when Niall Quinn took a free kick on his chest and used the outside of his right foot to score. The blues doubled the lead in the second half, when Mike Sheron rifled home from just inside the area.

Southampton tried to fight back, but were kept at bay by City keeper Tony Coton. City then secured the win with Sheron’s second. A corner from the left fell to the youngster, who dug it out to slot past the keeper. City could have had more when Colin Hendry’s goal was disallowed, but it gave the blues the three points they needed to keep the pressure on the two United’s.

City would go on to finish fifth in the league, 12 points behind champions Leeds and eight points behind United. Southampton finished 16th, avoiding relegation by ten points.