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End Of Season Review

Saints took a step backwards in 2016/17 for the first time under Liebherr ownership, but under any reasonable assessment, a drop from 6th to 8th place in a season when Chelsea and Liverpool rediscovered themselves is perfectly satisfactory, and we have a cup final to factor in as well – a game which the team […]

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Stoke Home Lost 0 – 1

To no-one’s great surprise, the last Match of the Day of the Premier League season failed to concentrate on the red hot battle for eighth place, and, again unsurprisingly, the crucial battle between Southampton and Stoke only just made it before the closing credits. The reason for that is that they could only find two […]

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Manchester United Home Drew 0 – 0

Since joining Manchester United, more than ever has Jose become Moaning Mourinho. He started the build up to this rearranged fixture by ranting about its scheduling and his mood would not have improved when referee Dean awarded Saints an early penalty for a handball by Bailly which didn’t really look to be in the area. […]

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Middlesbrough Away Won 1 – 2

The days of selection par rotation au Puel didn’t die with Europa League exit as the manager reverted to the tactic with a vengeance in his selection for the visit to Middlesbrough. There was an overdue debut for Cáceras and Pied’s only previous first team action had been for five minutes or so way back […]

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Arsenal Home Lost 0 – 2

The Premier League’s two French managers, Messieurs Puel and Wenger, are arguably the least popular amongst their respective fan bases… and yet Southampton’s point at Liverpool took them back to the top half of the table while Arsenal continue to press for yet another Champions League berth: crisis, what crisis? Arsenal’s problems are their own […]

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Liverpool Away Drew 0 – 0

A sunny spring lunchtime on Merseyside was spoiled for over 50,000 people by having to watch Southampton going through their paces. The few visiting fans, though, were happy enough at half time, with their team denying Liverpool all but a few ineffective pot shots at Forster. There was a hint of a bit more adventure […]

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Hull Home Drew 0 – 0

Southampton are no strangers to the graveyard slot on Match of the Day, and surely everyone at the goal-less game against Hull, the Premier League’s worst travellers, expected a late night in front of the box. Instead, there we were on at 10:30, although if the highlights edit had started from the 90th minute, they’d […]

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Chelsea Away Lost 4 – 2

No new injuries and no fresh bans before the rearranged match at Chelsea but there were changes: Romeu back after suspension (as expected, and with the manager singing his praises), and Boufal given a starting berth (few saw that coming, including the displaced Redman). It took only six minutes for the league leaders to go […]

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Manchester City Home Lost 0 – 3

Gabbiadini returned to face Manchester City only to be involved in one of those games when leading the Saints attack is a thankless task. No-one but the squad can say whether it’s by design or by dint of the opposition’s skills, but Saints were content to sit back just as they had when securing a […]

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West Brom Away Won 1 – 0

The return to midweek action took its toll for the following game, at West Bromwich: no surprise that Boufal couldn’t contribute more than half an hour over the two matches but injury also left us without Davis at The Hawthorns while two more yellow cards for Romeu left him unavailable as well. That meant a […]

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