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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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Crystal Palace Home Lost 1 – 2

After a couple of days to think about it (and after completing the 90 minutes at Old Trafford), Hoedt was found to have been concussed and so missed Crystal Palace‘s visit to St. Mary’s. No matter, the team were attacking with a strong breeze behind them – indeed they could have gone ahead in the […]

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Manchester United Away Drew 0 – 0

I thought the BBC analysis of the Tottenham defeat was so much bovine excreta, but Saints seemed to select for the trip to Manchester United by dropping all the players singled out for criticism by Danny Murphy. To be left out can never come as a shock for any of our outfield players, but in […]

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Spurs Away Lost 5 – 2

The row of cameras lined up behind Forster’s goal showed where the press expected the action to be at Tottenham’s temporary home, and of course they were there for the day’s likely big story: an ultimately meaningless stat concerning Kane’s goalscoring exploits in 2017. Saints looked comfortable enough to begin with, but when HĂžjbjerg failed […]

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Huddersfield Home Drew 1 – 1

With both first choice full backs injured and Van Dijk on househunting leave, there were always going to be changes to the side to face Huddersfield, but the omission of Romeu was a surprise: I can’t believe the quality of the opposition required an extra level of tinkering and suspect that at the end of […]

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Leicester Home Lost 1 – 4

In recent games Southampton have adopted a twin track approach to Premier League opponents, especially at St. Mary’s: a cagey strategy to counter high-budget teams, but something more expansive to cope with those who park the bus. Opponents Leicester fall into neither category, but unnoticed by Saints who paid the price big time. After eleven […]

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