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Stoke Home Drew 0 – 0

Piles of snow around the pitch belied the fact that we’d moved into the meteorological spring in time for the visit of Stoke, and both sides were hoping to rejuvenate a disappointing season – for Saints, that meant a surprise start for the youthful Sims, although he has proved most effective as an impact substitute […]

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Burnley Away Drew 1 – 1

Romeu for Højbjerg was the only team change at Burnley, but we now had Ward-Prowse operating on the left and Tadić in centre midfield – maybe they’d done that at West Brom as well, but it was more obvious at Turf Moor. Either way, it might have paid off but for Pope saving from Tadić […]

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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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