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 he was asked to play opposite Targett in a wing back role and is unlikely to be seen in Premier League action any time soon – but Saints were well in this game, although they faded at times in a first half that finished fairly even, if goal-less. Three minutes were added to the opening period to make up for delays caused by the VAR system, with the referee’s decision upheld all three times. After the break most of the play was in the Leicester half, and eventually Carabao Cup goalkeeper Wood faced real problems.Firstly Redmond broke forward strongly and shot against the bar, with Obefemi making a mess of converting the rebound. Then Redmond exposed the home left flank again, and eventually the ball fell for substitute Davis to hit home what seemed to be an 83rd minute winner… not so, though, as the VAR arbitrators picked up a handball against Redmond and for the only time in the game, they overturned Mr. East’s decision. Just to show Southampton’s luck was truly out, another sub, Gabbiadini, fired a 96th minute free kick against the bar. Given all that, you sort of knew how the penalty shoot out was going to go, and Gunn didn’t get near any of the Foxes’ efforts. Saints too found the net five times, with only Vestergaard coming close to failure. Then former first choice taker Gabbiadini stepped up for the sixth round, and Wood dived to his right to save a poor effort. Could Gunn save from Mendy to keep our cup interest alive? No!
LSSC Man of the Match:Nathan Redmond, our most dangerous forward.