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Bettwsresident added 19:17 - May 1
Great performance..saints were right on it, snapping at Man C, winning the ball again and again. Clear plan to win the ball high up the field and release the pace and they did it brilliantly. Man C's midfield was absent without leave for the whole of the 1st half. Although Dusan supplied 3 assists, he had the time and space to create several more but dallied at the crucial moment and it was only this plus the brilliant Ihaenacho that prevented a repeat of Sunderland last year.

Shane Long was incredible, even better than that performance against Arsenal. Mane took his goals very well and linked up beautifully with Tadic. Romeu and VW were solid and imposing (unlike Classie), defence was solid and VVD, Bertrand and Cuco all looked really good going forward.

Best moment was JWP, clear through with 5 mins to go, desperately looking around for a team mate.. comedy gold!
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Big_T added 20:36 - May 1
Shane Long was my man of the match top class performance from first to last minute, Mane turned in A very good game against a very poor Man C but you can only beat the team in front of you, Tadic put in one of his best efforts this season.
If Hodgson takes Delph and Sterling to the Euros I will not be watching as they have been awful this year, and they were absent today.
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Consigliere added 21:24 - May 1
Mane may have deservedly picked up the match ball but I agree with others who say that my man of the match was Shane Long. Not content with harrying the opposition as we were going forward, he was as prepared as ever to sprint back to help out in defence and to recycle the ball when our attacks were repelled. I'm really glad he got at least one goal. His fault, if he has one, is that he can be wayward in front of goal but I think that he sometimes just exhausts himself getting there in the first place and is unable to focus at the critical moment. Special mention too for Tadic, and for VVD and Fonte who were immense in defence. The beauty of this game however was the satisfaction of watching a really good team performance. Each of the goals we scored involved at least three or four players in the build up and each attach from City beaten off demanded concentration from everyone in defence and midfield.

The pundits on MOTD and elsewhere will no doubt attribute the result to an "enfeebled" City side but just look at the talent they had on the field! International players for the most part whose contracts change hands for what can only be described as telephone number amounts of money, yet they backed off every time Saints advanced and for large periods of the game they had every man behind the ball.

As I posted earlier, this was the game we had to win, given Liverpool's error earlier in the day and I am delighted that the men didn't let me down. Happy Monday tomorrow!
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leighsaint added 22:03 - May 1
Apart from a couple of defensive errors a first class performance. Having watched Swansea beat Liverhampton today why did we sale Jack Cork and buy Classie as his replacement.
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SanMarco added 00:14 - May 2
4 past Arsenal and 4 past Man City. I agree with those praising Long. I thought Tadic had a good game too. I agree that Clasie too light-weight but Cork is not the answer
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halftimeorange added 08:42 - May 2
Let's not get carried away. Yes, Saints were by far the better side and I know we were playing against a team of internationals however, many of those guys have not been playing regular first team football for Man City and their staleness showed. Pellegrini also opted to keep his two best players (Kompany and Aguero) away from the risk of injury and that resulted in them having a ponderous defence and a blunted attack. Saints biggest weapon is speed which we have in abundance, with Long and Mane and a number of other fleet-footed individuals but, oh, how I wished for better final passing as the result could well have been a cricket score in our favour. Having said that, Tadic had Zabaleta for toast and put in a season's best and most industrious performance. What a pity he doesn't display his huge talent more often. Clasie, once again, looked lightweight and was brushed off the ball too easily (and ridiculously picked up a booking in midfield committing a professional foul with Saints in no immediate danger) and JWP sadly displayed his extreme lack of pace. What we really need, assuming we don't get rid of anybody, is a nimle, stocky creative midfielder who can take decent corners. If we do that Saints will be a threat to anybody and dominant performances of this magnitude will surely become a regularity.
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Consigliere added 10:55 - May 2
Halftimeorange makes a very fair point about the City team not having played together much and that we should not get too carried away (which I very much agree with) but as ever in these situations, I looked to see what the other fellers think about it - have a look at the blog section on the Manchester Evening News match report.

The following is one of the more polite contributions:

"No excuses! This team had 11 international players on display,the fans deserve a full refund for match tickets and travelling expenses!wheƱ you do leave Manuel please take Bony and Sterling with you.you had the opportunity to cement our C.L.position today and you blew it! You should have walked as soon as the ' guadiola' story broke! You cannot motivate a team of overpaid underperforming Priima Donna's.sterling and bony are two of the worst players I've ever seen in a city shirt for the last 50 years of following them! An utter disgrace!!!"
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SaintBrock added 12:58 - May 3
I think leighsaint because this was his first PL goal for Swansea
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