Football - Pochettino hails Saints

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino described his side's performance in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City as "amazing".

Much will be made of another underwhelming away display by City, but Southampton deserve credit for their performance in the face of adversity.

Successive losses to Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa have been compounded by mounting injury worries, with seven first-team players unavailable for this match.

They trailed through an early Sergio Aguero effort, but responded in style through a fine Dani Osvaldo effort.

"I think overall the performance was amazing from my team," Pochettino said.

"I think we have been on a negative run of results as of late but the thing about this team is it keeps believing.

"I think this bad run of results we have been on has been due to different factors - maybe we have been unfortunate a little bit in a few of these games.

"This team believes and I think this team is on a good run in how it plays. It tries to play always the same way, it tries to play well the same way.

"I think against Manchester City we beat them on possession against a team that has the biggest record on possession in the league. Overall I am very happy with the team."

One player in particular, though, will undoubtedly take the headlines.

Osvaldo put City captain Vincent Kompany on his backside, cut back past Pablo Zabaleta and shot into the top corner to draw Saints level in style.

"It was a great goal," Pochettino said of the man who may well face England at next year's World Cup with Italy.

"I think we were all able to see it and to all eyes it was an amazing goal."