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Match Reports

Everton Home Won 2 – 1

Højbjerg and Ings were both able to return against Everton, immediately strengthening the side, but Valery was again preferred to Soares in a defence that reverted to three centre backs. Southampton’s legs would have been the heavier thanks to a two hour outing the previous Wednesday, but they still pursued their pressing style and although […]

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Leicester Away Won 1 – 2

Charlie Austin’s gesturing technique has brought him a two match ban (one game for each finger presumably) starting at Leicester, but Ralph had a surprise for us at the other end of the line-up with McCarthy replacing Gunn, while there was another unexplained absence from the squad for Lemina. Injuries, transfers and Austin’s suspension meant […]

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FA Cup 3rd Round Derby Away Drew 2 – 2

We’ve come to expect Ralph to make major alterations to his line-ups and it was no surprise to see an unfamiliar XI at Derby – he’d been promising it all week and anyway it’s almost a sign of a coach’s machismo to ring the changes for the FA Cup. A debut for Slattery and a […]

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Chelsea Away Drew 0 – 0

No less than eight changes for Saints’ visit to Chelsea, including the enforced absence of Højbjerg but also the unexpected omissions of Lemina (nowhere to be seen) and McCarthy (relegated to the bench); it meant a Premier League debut for Gunn and a return for Soares while Slattery was the latest to enjoy some squad […]

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Manchester City Home Lost 1 – 3

Ralph Hasenhűttl is only the latest foreign coach to be sent into a panic by a holiday schedule that this year gave four games in twelve days (five in fifteen, including the Cup), and he won’t be the last. Game three brought reigning Champions Manchester City to St. Mary’s and Ralph chose the moment to […]

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West Ham Home Lost 1 – 2

The only casualty of the trip to Huddersfield was Højbjerg who was suspended after another caution – a fate that had earlier befallen his replacement against West Ham, Lemina. We’ve learned to scan the bench for the latest teenage hopeful but although Ramsey was there again, we saw forgotten men Elyounoussi and Ward-Prowse returning to […]

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Huddersfield Town Away Won 1 – 3

Ralph named an unchanged team at Huddersfield, which was a bit of a surprise with several players reported to be fit again – indeed there were bench places for Stephens, Lemina and Obefemi, where they were joined by someone called Kayne Ramsay. No, me neither, and you also wonder what last week’s debutant, Johnson, did […]

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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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