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Arsenal Home Won 3 – 2

With Soares and Bertrand still missing, Ralph had selection problems for his first home game in charge, against Arsenal. From the last match, he knows he can’t risk Valery against Premier League wing play so the solution was to go with three centre backs and Valery and Targett occupying wide positions in front of them, […]

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Cardiff Away Lost 1 – 0

As Kelvin Davis moves on after the briefest of tenures, it’s a warm welcome for Herr Hasenhűttl – we’re gonna to have to call him Ralph, aren’t we? No less a source than the Southampton FC web site quotes the new manager as wanting to “capture the ball, switch and quickly advance in no more than […]

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Spurs Away Wembley Lost 3 – 1

It’s been quite a couple of weeks for Kelvin Davies: promoted from the obscurity of goalkeeping expert to a place on the coaching bench behind Mark Hughes, and then in the blink of an eyelid, leading the team out at Wembley, albeit a Wembley visit in a routine away game at Tottenham. He switched the […]

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Manchester United Home Drew 2 – 2

Come on now, I wasn’t the only one to think that the League Cup line-up at Leicester was an experiment, unlikely to be repeated against the likes of Manchester United. Not so: only the stand-in goalkeeper and concussed Matt Targett lost their places, so now Valery and Obefemi had their first Premier League starts. Valery […]

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Wayford Home Drew 1 – 1

Changes on and off the pitch for Southampton as they prepared to face Watford. With Les Reed contemplating enforced retirement, Mark Hughes gave a first League start of the season to Yoshida while there were recalls for Armstrong and Gabbiadini: all players capable of mistakes, and especially in a first half mostly played in torrential […]

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Manchester City Away Lost 6 – 1

Alex McCarthy was an early nomination for our prestigious man of the match award at Manchester City – actually over 24 hours early on account of an overnight stay to take advantage of Manchester’s famous nightlife (for most of us actually a backstreet boozer in Stockport, followed by the local curry house). However McCarthy didn’t […]

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Bournemouth Away Drew 0 – 0

Fine weather for a first ever Premier League visit to Bournemouth on a Saturday afternoon, but what went on on the pitch singularly failed to match up to the occasion. The home side had a great opportunity in the very first minute when no-one in the Saints defence seemedprepared to halt Smith’s run from deep, but not […]

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Chelsea Home Lost 0 – 3

It was at home to Chelsea last season that Mark Hughes introduced his three centre back defence and after trying it again in the midweek cup tie, Chelsea were the first to face something similar in the League this time round as well. As a result the side conceded possession very readily but Maurizio Sarri’s […]

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Carabao Cup 3rd Round Everton Away Full Time 1 – 1 , Won 3 – 4 on Penalties

Mark Hughes announced that he treated the EFL Cup with respect, which doesn’t quite explain the wholesale team changes made at Brighton. For Everton, though, only McCarthy, Bertrand and the two centre backs were notable absentees, with Soares, Lemina and Højbjerg somewhat surprise inclusions, supported by Soares and Targett in wide positions in front of […]

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Wolverhampton Wanders Away Lost 2 – 0

Saints reverted to their team-we-can-beat formation at Wolverhampton but Austin lined up alongside Ings as Long was injured. The home team, meanwhile, are in quite a good place and managed to be unchanged for the seventh successive game, something that says a lot about their form. Wolves, though, were beatable and although it’s true that […]

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