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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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Manchester City Home Lost 1 – 3

Ralph Hasenhűttl is only the latest foreign coach to be sent into a panic by a holiday schedule that this year gave four games in twelve days (five in fifteen, including the Cup), and he won’t be the last. Game three brought reigning Champions Manchester City to St. Mary’s and Ralph chose the moment to […]

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West Ham Home Lost 1 – 2

The only casualty of the trip to Huddersfield was Højbjerg who was suspended after another caution – a fate that had earlier befallen his replacement against West Ham, Lemina. We’ve learned to scan the bench for the latest teenage hopeful but although Ramsey was there again, we saw forgotten men Elyounoussi and Ward-Prowse returning to […]

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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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