Raheem Sterling's first-half goal proved to be the difference as Manchester City battled to a hard-fought 1-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League.


Sterling turned home a Kevin De Bruyne cross to give City a 16th-minute lead and they were able to hold on to secure all three points after back-to-back Premier League draws.


Southampton went into the game third in the table having suffered just one defeat in their previous 11 games, but City did enough to secure the three points, although they were unable to add to their early advantage.


Pep Guardiola’s side looked resolute at the back throughout, although they have yet to hit their stride going forward and have amassed just 19 goals from their first 13 Premier League games this season.

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