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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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Wolverhampton Wanderers Home Lost 0 – 1

Saints had lost the last two home encounters with Wolves despites holding deserved leads, but that was against Nuno’s expansive Wolverhampton, and under Bruno Lage they are much less easy on the eye; Ralph included Walker-Peters at left back, presumably to counter the threat of Traoré, but he sat out most of the game on […]

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Sheffield United Away EFL Cup 3rd Round 2 – 2 Won 4 – 2 on Penalties

It’s the League Cup again, so changes all over the place for both Southampton and Sheffield United – isn’t it about time this discredited competition was put out of its misery? It didn’t look like being a successful visit to Bramall Lane when Perraud failed to stop Bogle on their right and despite plenty of […]

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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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Ex-Blues match report 3 September 2021

Great match report from our final cricket match of the season v Ex Blues – only modesty prevented Phil from rightfully awarding the MoM to himself Patched-up Saints hold on for honourable draw Ex Blues 222 – 8 (Jackson 3 – 65, Pearce 2 – 29)London Saints 171 – 7 (Rogers 57no, Griffiths 42no) Match […]

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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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