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Bournemouth AFC Away Drew 1 – 1

Looking at upcoming fixtures, the Southampton line up at Manchester City is unlikely to be a one-off, but we were back to a more recognisable formation (including Pied for the injured Soares, and Lemina only fit enough for the bench) at the place most of us still like to refer to as Dean Court. Saints […]

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Manchester City Away Lost 2 – 1

Romeu and Lemina duly returned to face Manchester City but rather unexpectedly Højbjerg kept his place and there was a recall for Yoshida as Saints fielded three centre backs. That left other recalled players, Redmond and Long, as the only creative threat, but the team seemed to know what they were at, possibly a legacy […]

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Everton Home Won 4 – 1

With Romeu suspended and Lemina only fit enough to make the bench, Højbjerg was included in the starting XI to face Everton, with Austin receiving a similar promotion to lead the attack. Whether tactical tweaks or the ineptitude of our rudderless visitors turned goal-shy Saints into free scoring winners isn’t entirely clear, but Austin managed […]

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Liverpool Away Lost 3 – 0

The international break still didn’t give Lemina enough time to get fit again, but the side at Liverpool went about doing what they do best without him – and what they do well is make it very difficult for the other team without necessarily having much of the ball themselves. An alarm when a deflection […]

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Burnley Home Lost 0 – 1

This is beginning to sound like a broken record: Southampton made changes in defence and midfield (Yoshida and Redmond returning) in an attempt to solve the goalscoring problem in their latest match – home to Burnley. The visitors, meanwhile, have stumbled on a settled side and a now proven strategy that has perplexed sharper tactical […]

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Brighton Away Drew 1 – 1

Saints took on Brighton in the first south coast derby of the season without Yoshida, a self inflicted change that may have been as much a subtle part of the latest complex plan to make the team more creative as defensive tinkering. They were also missing Lemina, and will be for some weeks, whilst accommodating […]

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West Brom Home Won 1 – 0

The latest attempt to make the Southampton attack more potent involved swapping Davis for Redmond and moving Tadić to what used to be called an inside forward position. That meant an narrower style, but there’s no problem with that as the team already top the charts in terms of crosses, despite not having the players […]

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Newcastle Home Drew 2 – 2

Southampton’s management had two weeks to solve the team’s goalscoring problem and came up with a novel solution to put into effect against Newcastle: a starting place for both Long and Gabbiadini. That meant someone had to miss out, and Davis was the surprising fall guy. The visitors seemed to sit back and see how […]

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Stoke Away Lost 2 – 1

Hoedt seems to have suffered a knock (surely they wouldn’t drop him?) but no matter, we have centre halves galore. Pragmatism overcame sentiment, so in came Van Dijk ahead of Stephens for his first start since January, against a team in Stoke who always pose a physical challenge for defenders; they also have Shaqiri, a […]

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Crystal Palace Away Won 0 – 1

A change at the helm for Crystal Palace before Southampton’s visit, with Frank De Boer’s dismissal relieving Les Reed of one (fewest games) of his Premier League short service records, but not the other (elapsed time). The home team’s fortunes didn’t change with Uncle Roy now in charge as they fell behind in the 7th […]

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