Manchester City were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Southampton as the fans who stuffed the Etihad Stadium following Pep Guardiola’s request persevered through a dull showcase on Saturday.
It may have been much more dreadful for Guardiola’s side after arbitrator Jon Moss dubiously toppled choices to grant Southampton a punishment and send City protector Kyle Walker off in the subsequent half.
City had scored 16 objectives in their last three home games, however the bosses’ normally intense assault was repressed by Southampton’s very much bored protection.
Raheem Sterling idea he had grabbed triumph for City with a last-heave strike however the banner was raised for offside and VAR affirmed the choice.
The outcome left City three focuses behind pioneers Liverpool, with Manchester United and Chelsea ready to go above them in the event that they stay away from rout on Sunday.
Basically Guardiola was welcomed energetically by a close limit swarm following his midweek spat with allies.
Guardiola had bothered a part of City’s fanbase by requesting more help after only 38,062 turned out at the Etihad for Wednesday’s 6-3 success over Leipzig in the Champions League.
That low number was halfway because of the practically complete absence of Leipzig fans and the participation was a lot nearer to the Etihad’s 55,000-limit with respect to Southampton’s visit.
Fans made an energetic environment after Guardiola’s energizing cry, reciting the Spaniard’s name and thundering their group on, regardless of whether the players didn’t adapt to the situation for once.
Obvious freedoms were at a higher cost than normal as City neglected to summon a shot on track in the principal half.
They in the end started to declare a proportion of control and Sterling played Ilkay Gundogan in on objective, yet Saints guardian Alex McCarthy rushed to manage the risk.
Real, making his first association start since the first day of the season of the period, and Gabriel Jesus joined well now and again.
Southampton moved forward the rhythm after the restart with Che Adams hauling a work across objective.
Contention then, at that point ejected when Southampton were granted a punishment after Walker seemed to package into the rear of Adam Armstrong.
Greenery had no delay in highlighting the spot and rushed to show the red card to Walker.
However, the official was welcome to survey the entire episode again on the screen following a VAR check.
Likely stirring up a lot of help for City, he chose to drop the punishment and topple the shipping off.
Guardiola reacted to the let-off by presenting Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden off the seat one after another.
Still Southampton kept on squeezing with Adams twisting his shot wide.
City thought they had discovered a way through when Sterling crushed home the bounce back after McCarthy kept out Foden’s header.
Greenery precluded the work for offside and a strained couple of seconds followed before VAR affirmed the choice.