'Usual suspects' already battling at the foot of the Premier League mountain

'Usual suspects' already battling at the foot of the Premier League mountain

"We spoke about that and said: 'Try to score goals".

"When you have a bad period, it takes long to recover".

At Manchester, Sterling reached 50 goals for the club after scoring a brace that helped City to a dominant triumph, with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Leroy Sane also among the goals.

- Aguero scored his 150th Premier League goal in his 217th appearance - only Alan Shearer (212 games) has scored 150 in fewer games in Premier League history.

Sane, returning to the side in place of Riyad Mahrez in City's only change from the 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, fired in a low cross which Hoedt could only divert into the roof of his own net from under the crossbar.

Southampton did pull a goal back through a Danny Ings penalty - the first City have conceded in the league since September 1 - but Raheem Sterling put any suggestion of a comeback to bed with a fourth in first-half stoppage time.

However, the Spanish global had scored just twice in 20 Premier League games before netting late on in a routine win at Southampton last month.

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It may be harsh to single out one Southampton defender given they were all dire, but Hoedt arguably endured the most hard outing, haplessly giving City the lead. It was an incredible performance with and without the ball but still with the young guys like him and Leroy [Sane], I would like to feel they can still improve.

City were rampant against Saints and all but wrapped up the game inside the opening 18 minutes.

In truth, one of them probably should have just had a shot but you can't blame them for wanting to score the flawless goal.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes, whose future has been the subject of increasing speculation following a run that has now seen him win just four of his 19 league games in charge, reacted furiously to yet more appalling defending from his side.

"It's so important not to just have one or two players who score the goals".

Southampton improved at the start of the second half, with James Ward-Prowse and Ings - via wicked deflection off Fernandinho - forcing Ederson to make fine stops.

Sterling struck again to make it 5-1, drilling into the bottom corner after being slipped in by the unselfish Aguero and Sane completed the rout in stoppage time.

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