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Fulham Home Won 2 – 0

Ralph denied that the home game with Fulham was of ‘must win’ proportions,’ which is good PR because failure to win a ‘must winner’ indicates a hopeless situation. As it was, a Saints victory showed that it was at best a ‘must not lose’ game for Claudio Ranieri who duly departed these shores again. Given […]

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Arsenal Away Lost 2 – 0

A midwinter break to the Canaries allowed Ralph to have a good think about tactics for the remaining games, but maybe he’s been thinking too much? At Arsenal we had just Redmond up front and, more surprisingly, Gunn in goal and no place for Bertrand. Actually the Redmond move seemed reasonable enough and the lone […]

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Cardiff Home Lost 1 – 2

Saints welcomed Bertrand back to face Cardiff, which was just as well as we’ve managed to lose three international players from the squad during the January window, and now Ings is injured again – who could have expected that? Our opponents had an idea of how to approach the game and that didn’t include venturing […]

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Burnley Away Drew 1 – 1

Højbjerg played much of the Crystal Palace fixture wearing some sort of skull cap as protection for a head wound that now kept him out of the side at Burnley, while Ward-Prowse occupied the right wing back berth he had filled in the closing stages of the last game. This one always looked likely to […]

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Crystal Palace Home Drew 1 – 1

Southampton were at full strength to face Crystal Palace at St. Mary’s… well sort of full strength, with more outgoings than incomings during the winter transfer window: not surprising as the total of incomings ended up as zero. This fits Ralph’s stated strategy of having a core squad of fewer than twenty players, supplemented by […]

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Everton Home Won 2 – 1

Højbjerg and Ings were both able to return against Everton, immediately strengthening the side, but Valery was again preferred to Soares in a defence that reverted to three centre backs. Southampton’s legs would have been the heavier thanks to a two hour outing the previous Wednesday, but they still pursued their pressing style and although […]

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Derby FA Cup 3rd round Replay Home 2 – 2 after extra time. Lost 3 – 5 on penalties

Saints were without three suspended players for the Cup replay with Derby – even the ‘ale house’ teams struggled to match that. It left us with three potential weak points in the line-up (Ramsey, Johnson and Elyounoussi) and with our best player, Redmond, benched and their best player, Wilson, back from injury, the visitors should […]

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Leicester Away Won 1 – 2

Charlie Austin’s gesturing technique has brought him a two match ban (one game for each finger presumably) starting at Leicester, but Ralph had a surprise for us at the other end of the line-up with McCarthy replacing Gunn, while there was another unexplained absence from the squad for Lemina. Injuries, transfers and Austin’s suspension meant […]

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FA Cup 3rd Round Derby Away Drew 2 – 2

We’ve come to expect Ralph to make major alterations to his line-ups and it was no surprise to see an unfamiliar XI at Derby – he’d been promising it all week and anyway it’s almost a sign of a coach’s machismo to ring the changes for the FA Cup. A debut for Slattery and a […]

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Chelsea Away Drew 0 – 0

No less than eight changes for Saints’ visit to Chelsea, including the enforced absence of Højbjerg but also the unexpected omissions of Lemina (nowhere to be seen) and McCarthy (relegated to the bench); it meant a Premier League debut for Gunn and a return for Soares while Slattery was the latest to enjoy some squad […]

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