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Match Reports

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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Watford Home Lost 0 – 2

The early season break promised a change in fortunes for Southampton’s misfiring attacking options as our players scored more goals on international duty than the club has managed from open play in the first four games of the season. One scorer was Lemina, but he was relegated to the bench, presumably because he played two […]

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Huddersfield Away Drew 0 – 0

Following a midweek cup defeat, Saints returned to their starters from the last league game for their first away trip – to Huddersfield. After a cagey opening from both sides, the visitors had the first opportunity but Redmond shot wide from a great position after being set up by Davis. That, though, was as good as […]

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Wolves Home Carabao Cup Lost 0 – 2

There was every chance that Snr. Pellegrino would go the whole hog with eleven changes to his starting line up as Saints prepared to meet Wolves in what is now the Carabao Cup. It turned out to be just six, but with a different defensive strategy: a back three, while the opposition apparently did go the whole hog […]

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West Ham Home Won 3 – 2

Just a week into the new season and the club is under new ownership, or new majority ownership at least. Some sources have been estimating Ms. Liebherr’s wealth at a low sounding £300m, but even at a more likely $3.3bn reported elsewhere, it’s not the mega-bucks needed to compete at the top echelon of the […]

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