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West Brom Away FA Cup 5th Round

BBC TV kindly informed us that the 5th round cup tie at West Brom was a repeat of the 1968 competition which WBA eventually won. Thank you for that, but for Southampton a more relevant incarnation of the same fixture came a mere 42 years ago, prior to our own final triumph. This time round, both […]

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Liverpool Home Lost 0 – 2

Rather late in the season Southampton have come up with something of a settled side with Højbjerg for Boufal the only change to the line-up to face Liverpool, complete with the returning Van Dijk (amongst several other apostates). That means no place for Yoshida, with the manager maybe sharing the view that the defender always […]

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West Brom Away Won 2 – 3

The team sent out to face West Brom was much more like the one that should have faced Brighton, with Lemina, Boufal and Carrillo all starting: maybe Højbjerg could reasonably feel hard done by to have lost his place, but they can’t all play. This was designated Cyrille Regis Day at The Hawthorns to celebrate […]

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Brighton Home Drew 1 – 1

You have to assume that a professional coach who is an ex-international player should know more about the game than a bunch of blokes in a pub, but there was not inconsiderable surprise amongst my peers at Mauricio Pellegrino’s timid selection to face Brighton at home. It also asked questions about the club’s recent forays […]

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Watford Home FA Cup 4th Round Won 1 – 0

By being drawn against each other, struggling Premier League teams Southampton and Watford avoided any 4th round banana skins in the Cup, but only one could progress. I suspect that Saints wanted success more than our visitors whose web site states they “only just about had enough fit senior players to fill the bench.” Quite […]

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Spurs Home Drew 1 – 1

Saints were missing Long for the fixture against Spurs on a wet Sunday evening, Shane ruled out by a mystery illness which meant a recall for Gabbiadini who has just as much trouble finding the net as his colleague. Although Long’s willingness was missed, a more crucial absentee due to lurgi was the influential Eriksson, […]

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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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