Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Southampton 1 - 1 Man City: Kompany not worried about City away form

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is not overly concerned by his side's poor away form, insisting the latest hiccup, a draw at Southampton, is actually a decent result for the title hopefuls.

City have been thoroughly impressive at home since Manuel Pellegrini's summer arrival, winning all seven of their matches at the Etihad Stadium and scoring 29 goals in the process.

However, their form on the road is another matter entirely and hopes of back-to-back away wins for the first time this term went up in smoke on Saturday.

Southampton ended a three-match losing streak in securing a 1-1 draw, which means City have now failed to win six of their eight league matches on the road – a stark statistic but one Kompany (right) is philosophical about.

"I thought we started really well," the City captain. "Afterwards, I think Southampton were in the game and were actually in control of the game at times.

"In the end it was hard-fought for and I think any team could have won the game in the end.

"We will look at this and think that we did not get beaten and moving on it was a tough game so wasn't a bad result."

Sergio Aguero swept home his 11th goal in 10 Premier League matches after just 10 minutes and Aleksandar Kolarov nodded wide.

Aguero also wasted a gilt-edged chance midway through the first half – something City were made to rue as Southampton made life difficult, with Dani Osvaldo's outrageous equaliser ensuring a share of the spoils.

The next league match pits City against Arsenal, although they first face a Champions League trip to holders Bayern Munich in midweek.

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