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End of season

So in the end the winter of discontent turned into some sort of summer, although not quite as glorious as the Bard would have had it. Eight games may seem too short a time to judge, but Mark Hughes was in charge for over 20% of the schedule; a record of eight points from two […]

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Manchester City Home Lost 0 – 1

Bednarek’s concussion at Swansea automatically put him out of contention to face Manchester City in the final game, but no matter as Yoshida was available again, and Højbjerg kept his place with Lemina still injured: in short, a familiar shape in the Hughes era. Barring disaster at the back and a complete capitulation by Stoke […]

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Swansea Away Won 0 – 1 We Are Staying Up

No time to dwell on the late, late setback at Everton as the visit to Swansea is swiftly upon us. Crunch time. The general view amongst our followers was that a point would not be good enough, but that just makes selection so much more difficult. Other than the enforced absences of Yoshida (suspension) and […]

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Everton Away Drew 1 – 1

After a rare league victory Saints made one change to the team sent out to face Everton, Hojbjerg coming in for Redmond in what must have been a close call. If stopping the home side from playing was the purpose, it was achieved quite readily in a first half that wasn’t for the purists but […]

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Chelsea FA Cup Semi Final Wembley Lost 2 – 0

Both Chelsea and Southampton shuffled their packs for the cup semi final meeting, but whichever way you look at them, the only player from the opponents’ 16 who wouldn’t walk into our squad is reserve keeper Eduardo, and that’s only because he’s unknown. Mark Hughes selected Lemina after illness (allegedly – but they made the […]

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Leicester Away Drew 0 – 0

Saints gave the starting eleven who faced Chelsea a chance to redeem themselves at Leicester, and that may well be all you need to know about this particular encounter; Southampton’s web site has a feature where the action is condensed into a 90 second video, but the editor may have struggled to fulfil even that […]

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Chelsea Home Lost 2 – 3

Mark Hughes’ solution to the problem posed by Stephens’ suspension caught most people by surprise, drafting in Bednarek for an unexpected Premier League debut. That gave a clue to our strategy for dealing with star-studded opponents in Chelsea: no early mistakes, see what they can do, then show some tricks of your own. On 23 […]

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Arsenal Away Lost 3 – 2

The state of the current squad means that team selection announcements are awaited with varying degrees of anticipation and trepidation – for instance, who would get the blame for the West Ham calamity? The answer would seem to be the forwards as only Long lined up at Arsenal leaving Austin and Gabbiadini on the bench […]

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West Ham Away Lost 3 – 0

Relative to some recent performances, Saints benefitted from a new manager bounce when beating a side two divisions lower in the Cup, but Mark Hughes’ first League game in charge, at West Ham, started badly, got worse and finally faded into oblivion. A line-up that omitted Romeu and included Gabbiadini and a risky return for […]

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Wigan Away Quarter Final FA Cup and Mark Hughes

Having let him spend good money on his own man, Carrillo, the club’s plan must surely have been to keep Mauricio Pellegrino, at least until a low-key dismissal in the off season. That had to be thrown into reverse after the affair at Newcastle – Højbjerg’s enigmatic TV interview hinted at an unholy row, but […]

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