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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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Manchester United Home Drew 2 – 2

Come on now, I wasn’t the only one to think that the League Cup line-up at Leicester was an experiment, unlikely to be repeated against the likes of Manchester United. Not so: only the stand-in goalkeeper and concussed Matt Targett lost their places, so now Valery and Obefemi had their first Premier League starts. Valery […]

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Carabao Cup 4th Round Leicester Away Full Time 0 – 0 , Lost 6 – 5 on Penalties

​ You never know what to expect for your cheap Carabao Cup ticket, teamwise. At Leicester, Southampton lined up with Gunn in goal and Vestergaard joining a back three, along with first starts for Obefemi and Valery, a defender who has been around the age group teams for some time without really threatening a breakthrough. Here […]

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Fulham Away Lost 3 – 2

  ​You half expected a bucket collection before the match at Craven Cottage for fans to add their savings to the Premier League’s £5 million retirement gift to their chief executive. But for one, maybe both, of the clubs, involvement in the top flight’s gravy train may come to a premature end this season – […]

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Wayford Home Drew 1 – 1

Changes on and off the pitch for Southampton as they prepared to face Watford. With Les Reed contemplating enforced retirement, Mark Hughes gave a first League start of the season to Yoshida while there were recalls for Armstrong and Gabbiadini: all players capable of mistakes, and especially in a first half mostly played in torrential […]

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Manchester City Away Lost 6 – 1

Alex McCarthy was an early nomination for our prestigious man of the match award at Manchester City – actually over 24 hours early on account of an overnight stay to take advantage of Manchester’s famous nightlife (for most of us actually a backstreet boozer in Stockport, followed by the local curry house). However McCarthy didn’t […]

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Newcastle Home Drew 0 – 0

Saints had to line up for a critical home game against bottom placed Newcastle without Højbjerg, arguably their best player so far this season. How much notice they had of the Dane’s illness is unclear, but Romeu did not fit happily into the vacant role and a general air of mistrust of both their own […]

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