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Brighton Travel

Here’s a funny thing: it costs a lot less to get a day return train ticket from the south coast to London than the other way round – about £10 less for non railcard holders. Buy on-line to take advantage! But cheapest of all is to get a Thameslink only ticket (either direction). You’d have […]

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Tottenham Hotspur Home Won 2 – 1

Southampton remained unchanged for the third successive game (a record for recent years?) but the first half performance at home to Spurs was nothing like the encouraging display last time out, at Old Trafford. Twice within the opening five minutes Kane missed two very presentable chances and by the time 23 minutes had elapsed the […]

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Manchester United Away Lost 3 – 2

We always travel hopefully but always with an element of reality checking, sometimes more than others. A trip to Manchester United is one of those where you are aware that things could go badly wrong, and a torrid beginning suggested a difficult afternoon. Lukaku was the first to go close for United but Gunn got […]

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Fulham Home Won 2 – 0

Ralph denied that the home game with Fulham was of ‘must win’ proportions,’ which is good PR because failure to win a ‘must winner’ indicates a hopeless situation. As it was, a Saints victory showed that it was at best a ‘must not lose’ game for Claudio Ranieri who duly departed these shores again. Given […]

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Arsenal Away Lost 2 – 0

A midwinter break to the Canaries allowed Ralph to have a good think about tactics for the remaining games, but maybe he’s been thinking too much? At Arsenal we had just Redmond up front and, more surprisingly, Gunn in goal and no place for Bertrand. Actually the Redmond move seemed reasonable enough and the lone […]

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Cardiff Home Lost 1 – 2

Saints welcomed Bertrand back to face Cardiff, which was just as well as we’ve managed to lose three international players from the squad during the January window, and now Ings is injured again – who could have expected that? Our opponents had an idea of how to approach the game and that didn’t include venturing […]

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Burnley Away Drew 1 – 1

Højbjerg played much of the Crystal Palace fixture wearing some sort of skull cap as protection for a head wound that now kept him out of the side at Burnley, while Ward-Prowse occupied the right wing back berth he had filled in the closing stages of the last game. This one always looked likely to […]

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Crystal Palace Home Drew 1 – 1

Southampton were at full strength to face Crystal Palace at St. Mary’s… well sort of full strength, with more outgoings than incomings during the winter transfer window: not surprising as the total of incomings ended up as zero. This fits Ralph’s stated strategy of having a core squad of fewer than twenty players, supplemented by […]

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Everton Home Won 2 – 1

Højbjerg and Ings were both able to return against Everton, immediately strengthening the side, but Valery was again preferred to Soares in a defence that reverted to three centre backs. Southampton’s legs would have been the heavier thanks to a two hour outing the previous Wednesday, but they still pursued their pressing style and although […]

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Derby FA Cup 3rd round Replay Home 2 – 2 after extra time. Lost 3 – 5 on penalties

Saints were without three suspended players for the Cup replay with Derby – even the ‘ale house’ teams struggled to match that. It left us with three potential weak points in the line-up (Ramsey, Johnson and Elyounoussi) and with our best player, Redmond, benched and their best player, Wilson, back from injury, the visitors should […]

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