Yaya Toure delighted as Manchester City warm up for St Mary's visit with rare away victory

Basingstoke Gazette: Yaya Toure Yaya Toure

Midfielder Yaya Toure believes Manchester City can now build on the confidence gained from a precious away victory and take fresh belief into this weekend's game at Saints.

Boss Manuel Pellegrini's side kept themselves in touch with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal with a 3-2 victory over West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The scoreline flattered the Baggies as City cruised into a 2-0 lead after 24 minutes courtesy of Sergio Aguero's 17th goal of the season and the first of a brace from Toure.

The Ivory Coast midfielder added his second and City's third from the penalty spot after 72 minutes before the visitors took their foot off the gas in the closing stages.

Albion fortuitously pulled one back in the 86th minute courtesy of a freak own goal from goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

Then in the fourth minute of injury time Victor Anichebe scored his first for the club since a £6million summer move from Everton, but it was all too little too late.

For City, after back-to-back away defeats and taking just four points from games on the road prior to beating Albion, the win was welcome and much needed.

"It was very important to take the three points," said Toure.

"We know how difficult it is playing away and I think this will give us a lot of confidence for the next game.

"We have a tough game against Southampton on Saturday and we want to make a go of it there as well."

Pellegrini was more than satisfied with the night's work from his players, despite the late lapses, to keep City six points behind the Gunners, who they face at the Etihad Stadium on December 14.

"We played very well. In other (away) games we played as well as we did in this game, but for some reason we didn't score the two early goals like we did here," said Pellegrini.

"We had a lot of chances to score, and for 45 minutes we were very good. The scoreline doesn't tell the story. It was not such a close match as the score says.

"Maybe we were thinking of the next game before we finished this one, and in football the game is not over until the final whistle."

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9:24am Thu 5 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Best if we all went Christmas shopping instead and watched the masacre on MoD later.
Best if we all went Christmas shopping instead and watched the masacre on MoD later. OSPREYSAINT

10:27am Thu 5 Dec 13

Littleton-Saint says...

Saints will hit back. Wait and see.
Saints will hit back. Wait and see. Littleton-Saint

12:46pm Thu 5 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Best if we all went Christmas shopping instead and watched the masacre on MoD later.
For the benefit of the thumbs downers I was poking fun at the neggies. I am positive we will put up a very creditable performance on Saturday, I will be doing my best to encourage the team to victory, I can't do that on my own, so for Petes sake get yourself in gear and forget what has gone on before, this is no time for quitters and weak hearts.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Best if we all went Christmas shopping instead and watched the masacre on MoD later.[/p][/quote]For the benefit of the thumbs downers I was poking fun at the neggies. I am positive we will put up a very creditable performance on Saturday, I will be doing my best to encourage the team to victory, I can't do that on my own, so for Petes sake get yourself in gear and forget what has gone on before, this is no time for quitters and weak hearts. OSPREYSAINT

5:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

legh_langston says...

Segio Aguero has score 17 goals this season! ok so they are playing in Europe but if only we had a scorer that prolific...
Segio Aguero has score 17 goals this season! ok so they are playing in Europe but if only we had a scorer that prolific... legh_langston

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