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Newcastle Home Lost 1 – 2

There are few football followers in Southampton (or Norwich, Watford or Burnley for that matter) who took Newcastle‘s Covid postponement of their January 2nd game at St. Mary’s at face value – there’s just this thought that the club’s current hierarchy would stop at very little to ensure Premiership survival. Whatever, the tactic should have […]

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Aston Villa Away Lost 4 – 0

Saints chose to wear their ‘Ukraine’ kit at Aston Villa and persuaded the sponsors to stump up for a free scarf for travelling fans – I was hoping for winter-weight fake wool on a cold afternoon, but we got summer-wear fake silk instead. On the pitch, injury concerns prevented Walker-Peters from starting, with Livramento preferred. […]

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West Ham Home FA Cup 5th Round Won 3 – 1

It’s not all that long ago (2014) that a midtable Southampton team were at full strength for a midweek game at Hull before Mauricio Pochettino picked a weakened XI for what should have been a very winnable Saturday Cup 5th round tie… that didn’t go down at all well with fans who felt that the […]

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Norwich Home Won 2 – 0 , 10 Games Unbeaten at St Mary’s

Not too surprisingly, Saints were unchanged for a visit from Norwich, despite Perraud being available again. For Livramento to be preferred against a team expected to park the bus is understandable, but having full backs who were playing on their preferred flank would have been a credible option as well. Once again, Ralph knows best, […]

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Everton Home Won 2 – 0

The way Ralph’s team is playing, there’s no point in making any changes but Livramento had to be recalled to face Everton after Perraud’s positive Covid test; Walker-Peters moved to left back. Although Broja burst clear to test Pickford early on, most of the honours in the opening stages belonged to the visitors, until Saints […]

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Manchester United Away Drew 1 – 1, Saints unbeaten against the Manchesters

After a fine display midweek, it was no surprise that Saints were unchanged at Manchester United for Rangnick v. Hassenhūttl, or, more succinctly, Ralf v. Ralph. It became clear that Ralf-ball is very like Ralph-ball, and you can be very effective on the break against a Southampton team who themselves enjoyed plenty of attacking options […]

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Tottenham Hotspur Away Won 2 – 3

Back to League action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and a more familiar Southampton line-up; an adventurous one too, with both Adams and Broja included – what a fine decision that turned out to be! Adams should have had his team ahead in the opening minutes but we’ve often had positive beginnings that come to […]

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Coventry FA Cup 4th Round Home Won 2 – 1 AET

Ralph has a pleasing record of taking the F.A. Cup seriously – he’s even taken us to a semi-final. So why the ten changes to his starting line-up as Coventry came to town? My explanation is that he was swayed by the ease with which a much stronger team were coping with similarly ranked opponents […]

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Manchester City Home Drew 1 – 1

Manchester City at home was the sort of game where you turn up for the sort of Southampton performance that would have seen season tickets torn up once upon a time. You can’t blame Ralph, or anyone else at the club, for an almost total rearguard action that saw our team enjoy just 26% possession; […]

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Wolves Away Lost 3 – 1

‘Unspoilt by Progress’ used to be the motto of Wolverhampton brewer Banks’s, one that can also describe this delightfully unglamourous place, even if the home team’s stadium has now been stripped of all that once made it attractive – rather like its team under Bruno Lage, and Ralph tried to counter a stingy defence by […]

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