London Saints

Leicester Away Drew 0 – 0

Saints gave the starting eleven who faced Chelsea a chance to redeem themselves at Leicester, and that may well be all you need to know about this particular encounter; Southampton’s web site has a feature where the action is condensed into a 90 second video, but the editor may have struggled to fulfil even that metre quota. The match stats show five shots on target, three for Leicester and two for Southampton, but they don’t always equate to goal-worthy efforts, and our team had just one of those: on 57 minutes, the ball somehow found its way to Long but Harmer, the home side’s stand-in keeper, was quick to close him down and the opportunity was gone. At the other end, McCarthy was always closer to the action but he was only really extended by a Vardy shot that was tipped over. So thanks to Claude Puel for reminding us what we’ve been missing, but at least his side forced a flurry of corners in the dying minutes, leaving visiting fans frustrated that it wasn’t their favourites trying to make the time and money expended worthwhile. The game does represent some progress though: an end to a run of four league defeats with three goals conceded each time, and Mark Hughes’ first point in charge – now if only we could manage to coincide our shut-outs with the games where we actually score, we wouldn’t be in this mess. As it was, this was a waste of the first warm evening since the optimism of Mauricio Pellegrino’s appointment turned into our winter of disappointment that could well turn into open discontent by the time the season ends.
LSSC Man of the Match: C├ędric Soares, not found wanting defensively this time.

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