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FA Cup 3rd round Huddersfield Home Won 2 – 0

It’s not always easy to sympathise with the professionals’ complaints about tiredness, but a fixture list that has provided four games in 15 days does seem excessive. Far better this year to have foregone the winter break and do without the Twixmas Saturday game instead, but that would have meant the PL having the cojones […]

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Tottenham Hotspur Home Won 1 – 0

Eighteen days on from a damaging home defeat by struggling West Ham, a rejuvenated Southampton prepared to take on Tottenham in the New Year’s Day fixture, seven points better off, shortly to become ten. They were without Boufal, hopefully not as a result of another clash with his furniture, as Djenepo and Armstrong came into […]

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Crystal Palace Home Drew 1 – 1

After two excellent and timely wins on the road, Saints were faced with, for them, a nightmare run of fixtures: three games at St. Mary’s in a week. Despite the team’s poor home form, spirits were high as we took on Crystal Palace following the win at Chelsea and Ralph turned out a positive looking […]

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Chelsea Away Won 0 – 2

With Long joining Djenepo on the injured list and Ings’ game-time under strict control during the festive fixture pile-up, Saints started the Boxing Day game at Chelsea with one of their least experienced forward lines: Adams and Obafemi. Each could well have been under orders simply to run around and make a nuisance of themselves, but with no […]

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Aston Villa Away Won 3 – 1

​Prior to the visit to Aston Villa Djenepo had pulled a hamstring, possibly during his triple forward roll in response to being fouled in the last outing, while Boufal’s kamikaze bruised toe continues to rule him out of starting contention: how would we get any goals in such an important game? Courtesy of a generous home defence is […]

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West Ham Home Lost 0 – 1

Saints were unchanged against West Ham and were hoping that a sudden upturn in home fortunes would continue unchanged as well. Some hope! Before Southampton had seriously ventured over the halfway line, the ball was in the back of the net: a free kick headed home by Rice from an offside position, but with the home […]

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Newcastle Away Lost 2 – 1

Finding themselves back in the bottom three nearly 24 hours before kick off, Saints turned out at Newcastle in their fourth different kit of the season and with their red shirts highlighting a bright opening. Getting the ball in the net when on top is a recurring problem, although one probably widely experienced amongst clubs […]

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Norwich Home Won 2 – 1

The latest players in the Premier League broadcasting game, Amazon, went old school for the December midweek round and had us kicking off at 7:30 – a welcome move for many of us. On the pitch, Southampton’s starting line up to play Norwich had just one change: Long in for Obafemi, showing that someone was paying attention to the […]

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Watford Home Won 2 – 1

​Boufal would surely have started against Watford, especially with Armstrong ruled out by a football-related injury, had he not become the latest recipient of the Charlie George Award for Domestic Health & Safety. Ralph obviously wanted as positive a line-up as possible against opponents likely to park the bus, but four forwards (Djenepo, Obafemi, Ings and […]

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Arsenal Away Drew 2 – 2

Ralph’s selection policy always adds extra spice to the pre-match tension, but few logging on an hour before taking on Arsenal expected a line-up that not only omitted Romeu but also included Obafemi alongside Ings and Redmond. It seemed that the extra forward’s main role was to run around purposefully to ensure the home side’s […]

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