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Leicester Home Drew 1 – 1

Still no Bertrand to face Leicester in the League, and according to my theory at least, that’s what leads to McCarthy continuing in goal. In front of him, Stephens took over as emergency left back while Diallo missed out, along with the injured Ings. That line-up made a bright opening with Walker-Peters finishing well, although […]

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Spurs Away Lost 2 – 1

Saints went to Tottenham after an eventful few days for the home club. Of course the only surprising thing about Jose Mourinho’s departure was that it took so long – this was the organisation that chose to sack Mauricio Pochettino after he took them to a European Cup Final. It would seem that they had […]

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FA Cup Semi Final Wembley Leicester Lost 1 – 0

More by reasons of necessity than superstition, many of us did without a haircut whilst Saints were still in the 2021 F.A. Cup – was it our barbers’ or hairdressers’ fault that it all went wrong in the semi final? It may have been superstition rather than good taste that sent the team out in […]

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West Bromwich Away Lost 3 – 0

West Brom manager Allardyce described his team’s game with Saints as “must win.” I don’t like that way of thinking, as what do you do if you don’t win? Just give up? Still, Big Sam’s words had the desired effect on Albion as they were far more “up” for the contest than the visitors, who […]

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Burnley Home Won 3 – 2

Ralph brought back fit again duo Ings and Walcott to face Burnley, and he also had Ward-Prowse available despite an injury problem on international duty, while Forster continued in goal and was called into action in the very first minute to touch Wood’s shot past the post. Play switched to the other end in a […]

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FA Cup Quarter Final Bournemouth Away Won 0 – 3

Ralph sent out his strongest available team to face Bournemouth in the Cup – an obvious decision most of us would say, but there are certainly coaches out there who would have taken a different approach. Under ‘old normal’ conditions, the lucky 11,000 to cram into that tiny stadium would have created a great atmosphere, […]

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Brighton Home Lost 1 – 2

Forster replaced McCarthy in the team to face Brighton, and that was no surprise given their respective stats of late – it had really been a surprise when McCarthy got the call last time out, allegedly because of his better skills with the ball at his feet, although the evidence for that is becoming thin. […]

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Chelsea Home Drew 1 – 1

No Walker-Peters to face Chelsea, and Armstrong has developed a worrying injury-after-every-90-minutes habit as well, but Salisu did enough last time out to retain his place in… well, what was it? A back four with Bednarek at right back? A back three maybe? Or even a back five, with Djenepo expected to contribute as well? […]

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Wolverhampton Away FA Cup 5th Round Won 0 – 2

Back in the day, Thursday teatime meant Blue Peter, but this is 2021 so it was necessary to tune in to 5th round Cup action from Wolverhampton. Saints made five changes for this important game so were without Minamino (cup tied), Vestergaard (maybe not ready for three games in eight days?), McCarthy (not featuring in […]

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Newcastle Away Lost 3 – 2

In normal times, most of the weekend of the match at Newcastle would have been spent fretting about how the weather might affect transport. But these are not normal times, and after casting an envious eye over 30,000 fans enjoying the BBL final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (without a mask in sight), the best […]

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