Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boy Blues Repel Saints' Rally to Secure Key Victory ; CITY EDS ....................3 SO'TON U21s ..............1

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boy Blues Repel Saints' Rally to Secure Key Victory ; CITY EDS ....................3 SO'TON U21s ..............1

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CITY EDS withheld sustained pressure to claim a home victory over Southampton.

Goals from Bersant Celina and David Faupala saw the Blues blitz their visitors in a dominant start, but the visitors' response saw them level the game.

Saints had already threatened Angus Gunn's goal on a number of occasions and their pressure told just before the break.

Harrison Reed was barged into as he shot in injury time, and Ryan Seager tucked away the penalty.

Southampton carried that momentum into the second half, with Pablo Maffeo, Gunn and the offside flag all doing their bit to keep the Blues ahead.

Those interventions proved important as City gave Simon Davies victory in his unofficial start as Patrick Vieira's successor.

Youth Cup duties for the Under-18s on Tuesday made for a more experienced Blues lineup at the CFA, and first-teamers Kelechi Iheanacho and Patrick Roberts both started. …

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