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Watford Away Drew 2 – 2

A rare injury to Yoshida forced changes for the visit to Watford, but the manager always has a few tweaks of his own to add, including a return for Soares. An encouraging start was rewarded after 20 minutes when Long escaped his marker on the right and when the ball was crossed, it fell nicely […]

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FA Cup 3rd Round Fulham Away Won 0 – 1

Hoedt’s concussion seems to have lasted longer than that of his fellow Old Trafford ‘clashee,’ Lukaku: despite being the one stretchered off, only the United man made the F.A. Cup 3rd round weekend. Along with an injury to Pied, that meant a return for Bednarek at Fulham, following an uninspiring performance in the League Cup […]

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Crystal Palace Home Lost 1 – 2

After a couple of days to think about it (and after completing the 90 minutes at Old Trafford), Hoedt was found to have been concussed and so missed Crystal Palace‘s visit to St. Mary’s. No matter, the team were attacking with a strong breeze behind them – indeed they could have gone ahead in the […]

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Manchester United Away Drew 0 – 0

I thought the BBC analysis of the Tottenham defeat was so much bovine excreta, but Saints seemed to select for the trip to Manchester United by dropping all the players singled out for criticism by Danny Murphy. To be left out can never come as a shock for any of our outfield players, but in […]

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Spurs Away Lost 5 – 2

The row of cameras lined up behind Forster’s goal showed where the press expected the action to be at Tottenham’s temporary home, and of course they were there for the day’s likely big story: an ultimately meaningless stat concerning Kane’s goalscoring exploits in 2017. Saints looked comfortable enough to begin with, but when HĂžjbjerg failed […]

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Huddersfield Home Drew 1 – 1

With both first choice full backs injured and Van Dijk on househunting leave, there were always going to be changes to the side to face Huddersfield, but the omission of Romeu was a surprise: I can’t believe the quality of the opposition required an extra level of tinkering and suspect that at the end of […]

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Chelsea Away Lost 1 – 0

That Saints should alter their line-up for the visit to Chelsea was no surprise, and they would surely have done so had the performance against Leicester been more acceptable. Six changes, though, did raise eyebrows, but the nature of the surgery was even harder to fathom: are we ever a better side without Van Dijk, […]

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Leicester Home Lost 1 – 4

In recent games Southampton have adopted a twin track approach to Premier League opponents, especially at St. Mary’s: a cagey strategy to counter high-budget teams, but something more expansive to cope with those who park the bus. Opponents Leicester fall into neither category, but unnoticed by Saints who paid the price big time. After eleven […]

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Arsenal Home Drew 1 – 1

It was almost as if the side to face Arsenal was selected by TV punditry as the players singled out for criticism in the last game, Hoedt, Pied and Boufal, were all left out. That appeared to lead to a back three with Stephens returning, but he ended up as an orthodox right back as […]

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Bournemouth AFC Away Drew 1 – 1

Looking at upcoming fixtures, the Southampton line up at Manchester City is unlikely to be a one-off, but we were back to a more recognisable formation (including Pied for the injured Soares, and Lemina only fit enough for the bench) at the place most of us still like to refer to as Dean Court. Saints […]

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