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Manchester City Away Drew 0 – 0

Spot the Match Reporter To be honest now, I had kind of expected the Manchester City report to consist of a catalogue of home goals, preceded by a mention of odd pre-match happenings: train delayed by a swan on the line, lunchtime beverage interrupted by a march of Manchester’s Loony Tune community in an anti-vax […]

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West Ham Home Drew 0 – 0

West Ham were the visitors on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and, as it happens, the same 20 years since our first visit to the un-missed Withdrawn Stadium (win for us in the League Cup). With the Hammers in good form, Ralph adapted his line-up to cope with their threats by flooding the midfield and […]

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Newcastle Away Drew 2 – 2

After an enjoyable excursion to Newport, most of the usual suspects returned to face Newcastle, but there were still places for Elyounoussi after his hat trick, and Walker-Peters, again filling in at left back as at the end of the last league game. The first half followed a familiar pattern that is both encouraging and […]

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EFL Cup 2nd Round Newport Away Won 0 – 8

Only Stephens and Ward-Prowse (who always plays, of course) survived from the Premier League starting line-up to begin in our first visit to Newport since 1968 – when this part of South Wales was still in England, legally at least; Newport, with manager Michael Flynn Covid positive, fielded a youthful XI – big mistake on […]

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Manchester United Home Drew 1 – 1

Ralph named an unchanged starting line-up to face Manchester United – a surprise as it had been a somewhat controversial selection a week before and it didn’t seem very effective in the opening minutes now when Maguire bounced a header onto the bar and Salisu was forced into a desperate clearance. It’s only thanks to […]

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Everton Away Lost 3 – 1

Livramento, Perraud and Adam Armstrong all made their debuts at Everton, and for the first time in nearly 18 months, visiting fans were present to see the action. The Southampton bench was far, far stronger than the youthful look it had by the end of 2020/21, but Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek and Stuart Armstrong would all […]

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End of Season Review

Thank goodness that’s over!  A season that began with a whimper (defeat to a poor Crystal Palace team, League Cup exit to Brentford and second half capitulation to Spurs) went out even more timidly (0-3 to West Ham, admittedly a side who can be pleased with their 2020/21 efforts). In between we had some memorable […]

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West Ham Away Lost 3 – 0

Sky TV covered the final game, at West Ham, but on a non-sports channel, which came as a shock for those of us minimising our payments to Murdoch’s evil empire. Still a solution available: lock down all media contacts for 20 hours and tune into the re-run at noon on Monday. Was it worth it? […]

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Leeds Home Lost 0 – 2

Still no Bednarek as Saints faced Leeds, but on the other hand there were 8,000 season ticket holders at St. Mary’s to witness the occasion – in all likelihood the first live football in over a year for many. Mask wearing seemed to be better observed than at many grounds, a discipline not tested by […]

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Fulham Home Won 3 – 1

We live in peculiar times, where a Saturday 3 p.m. kick off becomes inconvenient – there’s live sport to be watched somewhere, even under lockdown restrictions if you look hard enough. I still managed to access Southampton v. Fulham, but the repeat performance on Sky, starting at 22:30 and with no build up or half […]

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