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Aston Villa Away Won 3 – 1

​Prior to the visit to Aston Villa Djenepo had pulled a hamstring, possibly during his triple forward roll in response to being fouled in the last outing, while Boufal’s kamikaze bruised toe continues to rule him out of starting contention: how would we get any goals in such an important game? Courtesy of a generous home defence is […]

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West Ham Home Lost 0 – 1

Saints were unchanged against West Ham and were hoping that a sudden upturn in home fortunes would continue unchanged as well. Some hope! Before Southampton had seriously ventured over the halfway line, the ball was in the back of the net: a free kick headed home by Rice from an offside position, but with the home […]

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Newcastle Away Lost 2 – 1

Finding themselves back in the bottom three nearly 24 hours before kick off, Saints turned out at Newcastle in their fourth different kit of the season and with their red shirts highlighting a bright opening. Getting the ball in the net when on top is a recurring problem, although one probably widely experienced amongst clubs […]

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Norwich Home Won 2 – 1

The latest players in the Premier League broadcasting game, Amazon, went old school for the December midweek round and had us kicking off at 7:30 – a welcome move for many of us. On the pitch, Southampton’s starting line up to play Norwich had just one change: Long in for Obafemi, showing that someone was paying attention to the […]

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Watford Home Won 2 – 1

​Boufal would surely have started against Watford, especially with Armstrong ruled out by a football-related injury, had he not become the latest recipient of the Charlie George Award for Domestic Health & Safety. Ralph obviously wanted as positive a line-up as possible against opponents likely to park the bus, but four forwards (Djenepo, Obafemi, Ings and […]

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Arsenal Away Drew 2 – 2

Ralph’s selection policy always adds extra spice to the pre-match tension, but few logging on an hour before taking on Arsenal expected a line-up that not only omitted Romeu but also included Obafemi alongside Ings and Redmond. It seemed that the extra forward’s main role was to run around purposefully to ensure the home side’s […]

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Everton Home Lost 1 – 2

It’s been a season characterised by appalling home form and baffling team selections, and the clash with Everton was no exception. In the absences of Bertrand through suspension and Højbjerg through a concussion assessment Ralph brought back Soares to play on the left in what looked like a back four, with probably Stephens operating on […]

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Manchester City Away Lost 2 – 1

The first objective in the Manchester City two-visits-in-a-week schedule was to escape without embarrassment and that was achieved comfortably enough in match one. It would be more difficult to avoid another what’s-the-time result (“nearly ten past Gunn”) in the second game as Sterling and DeBruyne returned for the hosts, even though Ralph added Redmond and […]

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EFL Cup 4th Round Manchester City Away Lost 3 – 1

Champagne moment of the Leicester debacle was the few fans left at the Northam End singing out a warning that “Manchester City, we’re coming for you.” Funny at the time (despite the scoreline), but everyone knew the Eastlands double header would become reality soon enough. Not surprisingly McCarthy lined up against the Carabao Cup holders […]

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Leicester Home Lost 0 – 9

Occasional light showers were forecast for the evening game against Leicester at St. Mary’s, but the rain turned to be torrential, with a strong wind to boot; pre-match football forecasts in the pub of choice also seemed pessimistic, but turned out to be mild compared to what we saw over 90 excruciating minutes. Saints had […]

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