Manchester City endure a brief startle to beat Southampton and abbreviate the gap on league leaders Liverpool to seven.
Southampton reacted to David Silva’s initial opener when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg took the ball off Oleksandr Zinchenko and let it go into the top corner.
City had fortunes on their side when Raheem Sterling’s shot diverted off James Ward-Prowse to make it 2-1.
Sergio Aguero’s back-post header finished the scoring before half-time.
Southampton goalscorer Hojbjerg – who had just barely come back from suspension – was appeared straight red card for a rushing tackle on Fernandinho with a little more than five minutes to go.
City had various better than average possibilities as Silva, Aguero and Riyad Mahrez all went close in the first half and Aguero smacked the crossbar after the break.
Southampton undermined as well and Charlie Austin was twice denied by City keeper Ederson in the first half before Hojbjerg’s equalizer.
Yet, the Saints were eventually fixed by Pep Guardiola’s free-streaming side, who climb to second place in the table.