Southampton boss Pochettino: We deserved to beat Manchester City

The newly appointed manager was thrilled with his team's ability to break down the Premier League champions' attack, and sees the win as "an important moment" in his career

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has described his side’s 3-1 home win over Manchester City as "an important moment" in his new career at St Mary’s.

Jason Puncheon and Steven Davis pounced on mistakes by the champions to build a two-goal lead after just 22 minutes, before Gareth Barry netted past Joe Hart to secure the victory against an out-of-sorts Blues side.

And Pochettino is impressed with Saints’ ability to break down City’s wealthy attack in the "deserved" win.

"It's an important moment in my career, training this team and beating Manchester City.” Pochettino told reporters after the game.

“We tried to break their ranks and stop the connection they had between their players,

"We should have got something more from the matches against Wigan, Manchester United and Everton. Today we played well and got points we deserved."

Saints goalscorer Rickie Lambert has praised his fellow team-mates following the victory, with the 30-year-old describing the showing as Southampton’s best since their promotion to the Premier League last summer.

“I think that’s our best performance,” Lambert added. “It was absolutely superb today and we got exactly what we deserved.

“We looked for an early goal. We looked to put them under pressure early and hopefully capitalise on it, and it worked perfectly. Then we went two up which was even better.”