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Newcastle Away Lost 3 – 1

Vestergaard has been suffering from injury off and on for a little while so it was no surprise to see him miss out at Newcastle: time will tell if this was just a precaution to make sure he’s fit for what is likely to be a physical encounter midweek. With Valery on sick leave, Stephens […]

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Annual London Saints End of Season (almost) Golf Day

It’s that highlight of your year, the annual London Saints end of season (almost) Golf Day. This year it is being held at Dibden Golf Course after being so well looked after by the staff (and eating so well) there last year. The details: VENUE: Dibden Golf Centre, Main Road, Dibden, Southampton, SO45 5TB TIME: […]

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Wolverhampton Home Won 3 – 1

After Chris Houghton said that his Brighton team had been well prepared to face Southampton only for the coach to change our regular formation, it can’t be a bad thing to keep the opposition guessing. I doubt whether Wolves expected to come up against Josh Sims and in the first couple of minutes they were […]

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Liverpool Home Lost 1 – 3

Ings wasn’t allowed to face Liverpool; how unfortunate that the two fixtures against his owners should coincide with rare periods of fitness. That meant a recall for Long, while Vestergaard had recovered from injury to allow Ralph to revert to his three centre back line-up. The coach keeps saying that he prefers 4-4-2, but we […]

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Brighton & Hove Albion Away Won 0 – 1

There was speculation that Lemina could return to the squad at Brighton but he was nowhere to be seen, and nor was Vestergaard – injured apparently. The Dane’s absence persuaded Ralph to start with an orthodox back four and for the first half at least the extra defender would have been unnecessary as both sides […]

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Brighton Travel

Here’s a funny thing: it costs a lot less to get a day return train ticket from the south coast to London than the other way round – about £10 less for non railcard holders. Buy on-line to take advantage! But cheapest of all is to get a Thameslink only ticket (either direction). You’d have […]

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Tottenham Hotspur Home Won 2 – 1

Southampton remained unchanged for the third successive game (a record for recent years?) but the first half performance at home to Spurs was nothing like the encouraging display last time out, at Old Trafford. Twice within the opening five minutes Kane missed two very presentable chances and by the time 23 minutes had elapsed the […]

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Manchester United Away Lost 3 – 2

We always travel hopefully but always with an element of reality checking, sometimes more than others. A trip to Manchester United is one of those where you are aware that things could go badly wrong, and a torrid beginning suggested a difficult afternoon. Lukaku was the first to go close for United but Gunn got […]

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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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