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Southampton v Manchester United Your Report added at 20:37:32
Same pattern as the Leeds game. Weathered the initial storm, played some good stuff, got in front, sat back and invited pressure, then conceded !!

To win games like this, we need everyone to be on top of their game, all game. Today, we had a few laggers and as a result, we were our own worst enemies, playing our part in each of United's goals.

Their strength in depth and ability to introduce quality from the bench reallyade the difference.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton Your Report added at 23:37:27
McCarthy superb
If only we could take our chances and test their keeper a bit more. Armstrong and Walcott should both have added to the score. Shame we gave the ball away stupidly for their goal and then watched them unchallenged, tap in the rebound.

A good result over all, but disappointed that we sat back too much after we scored and invited their pressure.
Southampton v Newcastle United Your Report added at 11:21:50
Played em off the park and deserves to win by a couple more.
Everyone did well, even Stephens after a shakey start.
The defence restricted the Geordies to just 4 shots all game and McCarthy produced an excellent save from their only real chance.
JWP and Rom bossed the midfield and we created enough to comfortably win.

We are top of the league - so let's really kick on and make this a season to remember.

....or call the league off now and award Saints the title !! :-)
Aston Villa v Southampton Your Report added at 22:08:41
Quality performance for an hour and 4 top drawer goals - then we sat back and allowed Villa to dictate. Great performances from Vest and the birthday boy and Ings' goal was pure quality.
We should have started to put the ball in row z more often, should have had more outlets out wide late on and should have been more organised.
Losing 3 players helped Villa - but maybe we should have had another defender on the bench. Just hope they are all ok and fit for Friday.
Another win against a team we beat 3-1 and 4-2 on our precious 2 trips to Villa Park.
A win on Friday would see is go top !!
Southampton v Everton Your Report added at 22:30:52
Damned predictive text

MOTM between


Romeu shaded it for me
Southampton v Everton Your Report added at 22:28:39
Top result and performance to go with it.

Everyone played well - but perhaps our weakest performer was Redmond, who Sky have their MOTM award.

Well worked and executed goals - just a shame the Armstrong effort was disallowed for an off side in the build up.

The red card, deliberate or not, was deserved for serious foul play. Bernard was lucky not to get a red too, after a bad foul when already on a yellow.

After the red, Everton pretty much gave up and Saints played it round nicely, keeping possession and securing the win.

Another goal or 2 would have been great, but we would all take 2-0 at the start.

Great to keep the Prem hot shot DCL under wraps with no shots.

MOTM - difficult to choose between Best, Tom, Ings and Adams. For me, ROM just shaded it.
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 18:42:04
Would have taken a point at the start and from 2 down, but RH must be pulling hi hair out at the defensive errors we continue to make.

Bednarek played his part in all 3 Chelsea goals and despite his saves, McCarthy still struggles with some of the basics and yet again passed it to the opposition 25 yards out, when it was easier to pass wide or hoof it.

We looked good going forward though and Adams did well with an assist and a goal. Ings was unlucky not to score 2 or 3 and with more composure KWP and Walcott could also have scored.

Walcott got better as the game progressed, so will hopefully be an asset - can he play next week ?

There was lots of backward passing but away to Chelsea, that is to be expected and the boys stuck to the game plan, frustrated them and then waited for the opportunities.

A deserved draw - only 6% less possession than the home team, plus 2 more shots than them, including 1 more than them on target.

Lampard tried to shut up shop at the end, but it backfired big time !!
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 20:34:40
We showed no urgency for an equaliser, even in the 2nd half - in a game we should have been looking to not only equalise, but go on to win.

Too many players weren't involved enough today and some of those that were, didn't do themselves any favours.

Redmond and Smallbone were noticeably quiet and as a result, the front 2 got no service.

Romeu gave the ball away far too much (a bit like PEH) and put our defence under unnecessary pressure far too often - including for the goal.

Djenepo did nothing but should, like Long, have had longer to impress.

We didn't really create much / enough, but the 2 decent chances we had were well saved. JWP needs to practice his free kicks.

Vest did well with some long balls and headers, nearly getting an assist, but was awful at playing a high defensive line (no pace) and made a real mess when McCarthy stupidly passed to him near the end.

Palace could probably have gone up a gear if needed, so we disappointingly didn't deserve anything from the game.

Would Armstrong have made a difference ? Perhaps, but we will never know.

Still need 2 more in at least and some competition for places to keep them sharp
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 13:26:17
Frustrating 1st half with Saints seemingly already on the beach - particularly our Great Dane. (great as in size, not ability !!) Some woeful defending (mostly unforced errors), combined with poor finishing from the visitors and good goalkeeping meant we only went into the break 1-0 down.

Cue the hairdryer at half time and we looked a decent side in the 2nd half. We wanted it more and the cream came to the top, despite Sheff U's attempts to waste time, frustrate and of course kick lumps out of us.

Pleased that Che got his goals, but deep down, would have preferred Ings to have scored them, to knock Vardy off his perch. Still 2nd place in the scoring charts is great for Ings and for Saints.

Che will no doubt wish the season wasn't stopping, but with him, Ings and indeed Oba all finding the net regularly, we have a decent attack - especially with the likes of Boufal and Djenepo to return. Just needs Long to figure out where the goal is !! :-)

A great end to the season and another double achieved (along with Villa, Norwich, Watford).

A few summer signings and a good clear out of the deadwood and we will be a decent team next season.
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 13:39:13
I said in the preview that we should start with our strongest side and then rest players as needed in the 2nd half.

The worst 1st half display I have seen in ages. Why make so many changes in what is already our achilles heel, our defence. Vest and Bed switched off or were asleep for the goal and the whole team's 1st half performance was pedestrian at best. City had put 5 past them in their previous match, but we were content to pass it around and rarely threaten.

2nd half was much better and we created enough to win it and probably should have done if it wasn't for some good blocks and saves and some bad misses. But still somehow managed to give Brighton chances to win it through errors and ball watching.

Vest was unlucky with that 35 yard effort - great save.
On another night, Adams could have had a hat trick.
Danny Ings really is our King.
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 13:05:02

More Possession
More Shots
More Shots On Target
More Corners

We were the away team against a top 5 team that will probably qualify for the Champions League. Well done lads.
54 Points is now possible !!

NB - Nick, Man Utd made 4 subs, not that it really matters, but Williams and McTominay also came on.
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 17:03:48
A great performance from nearly everyone in the end, despite the poor start in the opening 10 mins. Once the cobwebs were dusted off and we got back into our groove, we played some excellent stuff at times and could/should have had a few more.

Will take that result away from home any day and we are currently joint top with City in the re-start league !! Come On !!
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 14:58:14
Same old disappointing performance and result at home.
Freak goal that Ings should have cleared but made amends with style and a quality finish.
I thought and hoped we would then go on to win it, but again we are let down by poor defending, poor decisions in front of goal and a real lack of urgency when trailing and trying to get something out of the game.
All too similar a story to the rest of our home games this season.
We had 3 things to defend in 2nd half - the goal where we stood off, let him turn, avoid a challenge and shoot, the ball across our 6 yard box with our defence at 6's and 7's and JRod shot where we stood off and allowed him to shoot.
With Wood off, Ralf should have changed it.
We were bullied but didn't get help from the ref again. How did Cork not get booked for his scissors tackle, or the foul on Armstrong in the corner not even get given ?
Still, we didn't do enough in front of goal either and paid the price at the other end. These rain loving sods have done the double over us !! Not even Leicester, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Man Utd can boast that !!
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 21:41:28
Sandy - Armstrong was taken off because he was so ineffective in the 2nd half. He wasn't involved as much and much of the play bypassed him.
Process could also have been subbed - particularly as he was on a yellow.
The problem was that none of the subs had any sort of impact on the game. We just hoofed it up top and hoped. Djenepo ran about a bit, pulled people back and decided to go on the same wing as Boufal. Boufal himself slipped over a bit and missed a great chance to nick a point at the end.
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 19:06:13
Game of 2 halves. For all that was good in the first half, it was a complete reversal in the 2nd.

A great battling and competitive performance in the first half, with some well taken goals and some decent, calm, non-panic passing.

2nd half we were just so complacent and thought we had already won it. Time and time again, we let Wolves into the game with stupid errors and ultimately gave them the momentum to go on and win it.

The team is too flat, one dimensional and predictable. By simply putting Traore up top with Jiminez, Wolves created panic. Cedric and Bert had done well to stop him, but as soon as he had to be picked up by Bed and Stephens, he had freedom, or we put 2 on him and left Jiminez unmarked. (Just like West Ham and Antonio !!)

Don't know why Stephens dived in and I though it was prob a pen.

For the last goal, we tried a silly flick on the edge of their box, lost possession, 2 passes later they had broke away, crossed and scored !! Then it was hoof it to the unimpacting subs - but we did create 1 chance in 6 minutes of injury time - but Hour blazed high and wifr

The ref was a Prem Virgin though - 1st Prem game today and it showed. Doherty should have got a yellow for handball, Long got pushed all day, they gained at least 10 yards every throw on, but reprimanded Bert and their keeper must have had 5 or 6 warning about time wasting but no card.
Perhaps VAR should have backed the ref for the pen, as he gave a corner ? VAR backed the ref with Alderweirald's hand ball after all !!

Still we didn't deserve anything and I hope it is back to business away from home on Tuesday. It had better be, as that was all PEH was saying on Solent on the way back. Good that we have a chance so soon to show what we can do and make amends. Let's see then!!
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 18:31:59
Quality performance from the start to the finish. Everyone really put a shift in and did fantastically well to restrict the current 2nd best team in the country to only 5 shots all game.
With a bit more luck, we could have had 4 or 5. OK Armstrong's goal had a deflection, but Ings was so unlucky to hit the bar twice in a minute at the end of the first half. That 2nd shot was a real belter. He should have also had another after putting us in front, but Schmichael saved well.
VAR did it's best to spoil the game, but I guess if Long was marginally offside, then Evans was too and Ihianacho was miles off.
Great to keep that VARdy quiet and Ings outgunned him - but Maddison still up for continued diving.
There were a few wayward passes - hopefully MOTD2 will show Bednarek on 2Good 2Bad tomorrow night, it was THAT BAD !! :-)
Superb result though - everyone deserves high praise.
Here's hoping for a similar result next week, then the week after as well, as we become the first team to beat the Scousers this season ? (they are winning at Spurs as I write this)

Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 11:00:06
Truly awful 1st half against Fulham Reserves, with no pressing, ball retention, possession or decent passing.

Much improved 2nd half, but still need to take out chances - should have scored 5.

Hope Redmond is ok for Saturday.
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 20:10:21
Micky Evans ?

Remember him well - helped keep us up in 97
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 22:15:58
Promised an attacking performance from a team wanting to win the game, but RH didn't sufficiently motivate his team and we got a typical end of season nothing performance.
Far too pedestrian like all our performances since we have been virtually safe, only this time we didn't concede the usual 3 goals !!
Had some good chances but were frustrating in front of goal. Ings wants too many touches instead of shooting first time, JWP too scared to shoot and has to get everything into his right foot all the time, Redmond although prepared to run at them, needs to know when to pass or shoot. He got a super goal, but unfortunately after that, the team thought they had done enough and went back to slow mode.
With 20 mins left in front of over 30k fans, you would think they would want to win the game and put in a performance for the fans, but no. Players became lazy and didn't seem to want to amend Gunn's error.
The game was summer up as we approached injury time. The fans wanted us to press forward and get a winner, but Stephens was content with passing it back to the keeper on at least 3 occasions.

Not much to cheer about, so further proof that RH has a massive rebuilding job ahead of him. Need to get rid of at least 10 or 12 and sign 4 or 5.

Finally well done to Iron Fran.
Chelsea v Southampton Your Report added at 00:24:39
Blitzed them from the off and should really have been 3 up before Bourn scored with their first attack. How we missed so many early chances is beyond me, especially Long hitting the post from 6 yards.

Brave of Howe to change things after 20 odd mins and after that they were in the ascendency.

More awful defending again let them get in front and later draw level and then nearly win it. So many frustrating miss-placed passes, ball watching, letting the ball bounce then not winning the header etc. We do so well to get in front, only to see stupid mistakes punished, where as we don't punish their many errors.

With the chances created, we still did enough to easily draw and probably win it, so with a clear out of 10+, buy 4 or 5 and a good preseason, we should be fine for next term.
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