Southampton dents Manchester City’s title hopes

The Barclays Premier League trophy slipped further from Manchester City’s grasp after the champion lost 3-1 at Southampton on Saturday and gave Manchester United the opportunity to surge 12 points clear.

A spirited Saints side were 2-1 up by the break and Gareth Barry compiled a nightmare afternoon for the defending champions when he put through his own net after the restart, failing miserably in trying to shepherd the ball back to goalkeeper Joe Hart after Rickie Lambert had tried to pick out Jason Puncheon in the box.

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