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Leicester Home Drew 2 – 2

Back to a more familiar Southampton line up to face Leicester, with Peraud, Lyanco and Broja all making way – the last-in-first-out principle. Somehow Tella made it into the starting XI and impressed with his enthusiasm, which has never been in doubt. He also contributed an assist as part of a corner routine that surprised […]

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Liverpool Away Lost 4 – 0

The trip to Liverpool started badly even before the blizzards of Storm Arwen made for a challenging journey north: The Echo reported on Friday that McCarthy would keep his place in goal, despite Anfield being a ground where Forster has performed with distinction. To be fair, Shilton, Flowers and Niemi combined couldn’t have done much […]

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Norwich Away Lost 2 – 1

Norwich v Southampton was an unlikely fixture to make it to the record books, but Dean Smith’s rapid re-employment to end up facing the same opponents in successive games but for different clubs will make him a quiz subject for years to come. That, and a bunch of untidy goals, was just about enough to […]

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Crawley Away Papa John’s EFL Trophy Won 0 – 4

Much improved performance from the U21s, finishing on a high.

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Aston Villa Home Won 1 – 0

Not just Friday night football, but bonfire night football too for the visit of Aston Villa – the empty seats in a quoted 30,000 crowd suggests a number of season ticket holders preferred bangers and toffee apples to sporting excitement, but the broadcaster involved ought also to consider how people are supposed to get home […]

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Watford Away Won 0 – 1

Ward-Prowse and Elyounoussi returned to the side at Watford but Broja remained absent due to the injury he received against Burnley (so he would have been unavailable at Chelsea anyway, notwithstanding contractual reasons) and Walker-Peters filled in at left back, as he does when the opposition have pacy attackers. That opposition had conceded five, then scored five […]

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Chelsea Away Carabao EFL Cup 4th Round Drew 1 – 1 Lost 4 – 3 on Penalties

When a manager of one of the elite clubs starts on about a crowded fixture list just days before a League Cup tie, you know what’s coming. Thus with Chelsea‘s Thomas Tuchel: his XI to face Southampton was much changed from their Premier League starters, but because of the depth of his squad, most (but not […]

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Burnley Home Drew 2 – 2

With no new injuries and a continuing suspension, an unchanged line-up was expected against Burnley but the coaching staff see things we don’t and in came Wallace for Djnepo – they probably now admit that was unwise. These opponents are annoyingly difficult and it’s important not to give them anything to cling onto, yet Saints […]

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Leeds Home Won 1 – 0

Thanks to Mike Dean’s one-directional eagle eye, Ward-Prowse was suspended for the visit of Leeds – not necessarily a bad thing as JW-P hasn’t been at his best lately and now was an enforced moment to make Southampton less predictable. Adams was also missing thanks to an international duty injury – again no bad thing […]

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Chelsea Away Lost 3 – 1

No doubt Ralph had an idea of what worked at Manchester City when sending out an adventurous looking team, including Tella and Walcott, at Chelsea, but other than a headed opportunity for Walcott, the home team were on top for most of the opening half. They took the lead within the first ten minutes when […]

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