Southampton manager Claude Puel was pleased to pick up a point against Manchester City as the game at the Etihad Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw.
Nathan Redmond gave the visitors the lead in the 27th minute against the run off play, as it was City that was seeing most of the ball. The goal was Redmond’s third league goal of the season. Kelechi Iheanacho tied things up for City in the second half, but Southampton did well to earn a point, and had some chances to grab a winner.
“I think it’s a good result for the squad and all the work today because it was a difficult game,” Puel said.
“We take a good opportunity in the first-half to score and afterwards we defend without difficulties in the first half.
“It was important to keep good organization and in the second-half it was difficult of course because the result of the game was important to this team.
“They had two days more recovery and we had to keep a good organization as well as playing good on the counter attack with good transition.
“We had possibilities to score another goal but it’s a good point for us.”
Puel was pleased with Redmond, who has moved into a striker role for the Saints.
“He’s a new striker! It’s important he makes progress and improves,” Puel said. “He kept his calm in front of goal and took a good solution.
“It’s good for his future and for the team also. He had a little injury last week and it was important he recovered because he’s important for the team.”