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Spurs Away Lost 2 – 1

Early setbacks on and off the pitch for our first visit to the new Tottenham ground. The stadium looks great but it’s only as good as its infrastructure and fans turning up after about 2:45 were frustrated by gates that didn’t work (and security staff who didn’t care), but already Southampton’s plans had had to be altered after […]

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EFL Cup 3rd Round Portsmouth Away Won 0 – 4

​True to his word, Ralph picked a strong team at Portsmouth for his first real south coast derby despite his unfortunate experience with injuries during the last round of the Carabao Cup. It still meant a change in goal and if McCarthy may have left a gap at his near post that Marquis almost found, he made up […]

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Bournemouth Home Lost 1 – 3

In Ralph we trust, including some of his idiosyncratic line-ups in an attempt to win three points, but left-footed Danso at right back and right-footed Soares at left back against Bournemouth seemed at best to be over-complicating things and at worst a deliberate slight to Bertrand. None of that excuses the visitors’ first goal on […]

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Sheffield United Away Won 0 – 1

Without suspended Danso and with doubts about the fitness of bench warmers Valery and Bertrand, Ralph started at Sheffield United with Soares and Djenepo as wing backs in front of three big men. It didn’t work out as we soon found that defending isn’t amongst Djenepo’s talents, but the problem was spotted midway through a ding-dong opening […]

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London Saints vs Ex Blues, 30th August 2019

Ex Blues 261-6 (McIntyre 3-17) London Saints 162 all out (Rogers 62, McInytre 16) The London Saints arrived at the picturesque Ex Blues ground for the 30th meeting between the sides with the confidence of back to back wins. We also had great sunny conditions and White Viv’s birthday eve to celebrate, so today was […]

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Manchester United Home Drew 1 – 1

Southampton were left licking their wounds after being hit by injuries in the midweek cup tie, but that could have been an advantage; opponents Manchester United would have had to rethink and guess at their defensive game plan, whereas at least Saints knew what they were about. Actually it was no surprise to see Ings […]

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EFL Cup Fulham Away Won 0 – 1

You never know what to expect in the League Cup and the game at Fulham was Ralph’s debut in this competition, so who would he select? Quite a strong team as it turned out, given that Bertrand and Valery are carrying injuries and you feel that Vestergaard doesn’t really fancy two games in a week, […]

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Brighton Hove Albion Away Won 0 – 2

It was no surprise to see Kevin Danso selected to make this Southampton debut at Brighton but for it to be at left back was unexpected. Bertrand missed the trip through injury and Yoshida also missed out in a reversion to a flat back four to accommodate both Ings and Adams. Although tough tackling Saints […]

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Liverpool Home Lost 1 – 2

Danso must have looked at the performances of the starting centre backs at Burnley and expected to force his way into the side to face Liverpool without much argument; so too would have Yoshida and it turned out that only Yoshie got the nod. With Højbjerg back to health, there was no place for Djenepo […]

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Burnley Away Lost 3 – 0

​ Regular travellers are used to snow and ice for their visits to Burnley, but that was never likely for the season’s opener: instead we merely had to endure torrents of rain that made the new grey and yellow away kit seem attractive in comparison. It would all have been worthwhile had Evans, at full […]

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