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Match Reports

Liverpool Home Lost 1 – 2

The Saints are staying up! Nevertheless, a full house was reported for a mathematically unimportant next game after the efforts of others had made certain 40 points was enough. Of course there were other reasons for a big crowd, although visitors Liverpool could only lose the title race at St. Mary’s, not win it. Manchester […]

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Brentford Away Lost 3 – 0

Next up, a visit to the Premier League’s newest arrivals, at the newest stadium of the traditional 92, tucked away between railway lines and more or less under an elevated motorway. More changes to Ralph’s line-up at Brentford, but they seemed to be in the search for a combination that gels rather than towards any […]

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Crystal Palace Home Lost 1 – 2

There was some surprise expressed at Adam Armstrong’s continued omission from the team as we faced Crystal Palace. I’m not so sure, but it did seem odd for Long and Tella to keep their places in a line-up that was unchanged, other than for the injured Livramento; we got a goal nevertheless, when Romeu got […]

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Brighton Away Drew 2 – 2

As we were informed before the game at Brighton, home fans hadn’t celebrated an Amex goal since January. We were able to reassure the locals that they would find Saints more generous than most visitors, and they obliged within two minutes of the start: Forster, under pressure mostly from Salisu, spilled Trossard’s low cross and […]

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Burnley Away Lost 2 – 0

Ralph was asked about the new manager effect before our visit to Burnley and admitted that it may change his expectations of this opponent – nevertheless he went with an unaltered line-up which was the sort that seemed ideal to face a Sean Dyche team anyway. It all began well enough as Romeu spurned a headed chance […]

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Arsenal Home Won 1 – 0

Following our six goal thrashing by Chelsea, there were ominous parallels when Arsenal came to town: another London team with Champions League ambitions, but on a two match losing streak. Ralph decided a different approach was needed this time and selected one recognised striker backed by five defensive players (whichever way you choose to dress […]

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Chelsea Home Lost 0 – 6

There’s never really a good time for a club like Southampton to play a club like Chelsea and there are two schools of thought about taking them on after the Blues had suffered damaging home defeats: good, they’re out of form; bad, they’re due a top performance. Ralph seemed to be siding with the latter […]

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Leeds Away Drew 1 – 1

After a string of defeats, the international week didn’t come at a bad time for Southampton, whereas for Leeds United it broke up a run of wins, all-be-they not necessarily convincing. Nevertheless it wasn’t a great surprise that Leeds posed the early threats with the ball finding several ways of passing Forster’s posts, and on […]

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Manchester City Home FA Cup Quarter Final Lost 1 – 4

Items in the press and, indeed, on the SFC web site, featuring Caballero seemed to be indicating an F.A. Cup berth for ‘Big Willy’ but Forster was chosen to face Manchester City. At this point in the competition, we’d expect Ralph to be taking it seriously, but eyebrows were raised at the selection of Adam […]

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Watford Home Lost 1 – 2

No Livramento to face Watford, and no Broja either – presumably he had only recovered from a knock sufficiently enough to be confined to the bench. Somehow that led to a place for Smalbone who found himself paired with Adams up front – we can only guess at how that went down with Adam Armstrong […]

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