|Southampton 2 v 0 Fulham|
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday, 27th February 2019 Kick-off 19:45
|Boris1977 added 22:20 - Feb 27|
codge added 22:38 - Feb 27
saintjf added 22:57 - Feb 27
saintjf added 22:58 - Feb 27
KriSaint added 23:10 - Feb 27
Victories over Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Brighton + maybe 2 draws from games vs Newcastle and Wolves will hopefully be enough to keep out of trouble -- which means that nobody should panic if we get nothing against Man. U., Tottenham and Liverpool en route.
Man of the match: Romeu for me. Great game by Yoshida also. Good to have him back in the side. Much more calm on the ball than Stephens.
JimmyMeliaPhD added 23:56 - Feb 27
I still question the back three tactic, especially at home against a team we ought to beat. But if we're going to do it, then Yoshida's experience, speed and calm are probably needed; even if he has his faults, he's not handing over goals to the opponents at the rate of one or more a game.
The rest of the team played pretty well, or as well as the could in a system that was pretty unadventurous.
My biggest sensation (and I bet a lot of the players share it) is relief to get another win.
TimSaint added 00:51 - Feb 28
Where has the press gone ? In such a game of high consequence, it was strange for us to be so pedestrian in large stages of the first half, especially when we saw what could be achieved with the pressing just after the goal.
It was as if we were dropping to their level, or certain players were too scared of making errors, so preferred to play it safe.
It was certainly a deserved win and we looked a little more organised at the back, despite still letting Mitrovic in a couple of times. 3 defenders to mark 1 striker - someone please take the responsibility and mark him !! Yoshi was definitely an improvement on Stephens tonight.
Would have liked a bit more attack at the end to improve the goal difference on Brighton, instead we dropped so deep and resorted to hoofing it and hoping it would go to Red or Long.
Who cares though, we won and are now out of the bottom 3.
Great showings from Yoshi, JWP and Hojbjerg and even better to have a clean sheet !!
We need to play better than this on Saturday, but hopefully United picked up a few more injuries or suspensions tonight and we can battle it out for a draw. Maybe Ings will be back too - and even Lemina, as he had Pogba in his pocket in the game at St Marys and a repeat at Old Trafford would really give us a chance. Onwards and Upwards.
carolinasaint added 04:23 - Feb 28
Perhaps it's just that Fulham is so poor, but how refreshing was it to have a two-goal lead and actually hold comfortable possession for long stretches rather than play from inside our own penalty area. Glad that six blown two-goal leads in the last 12 months didn't turn into 7. Hopefully that will become more the norm. It was nice not feeling sick to my stomach with a second-half lead.
SaintBrock added 07:23 - Feb 28
Yes, I know, Austin worked his socks off tiling away for no reward but that's what carthorses do for a living. Pity he isn't a footballer.
Hojberg simply outstanding, great leader and MotM by a country mile. Even you Nick must accept that Yoshi was magnificent in the centre of defence and what more is there to say about the excellent Bertie surely our most gifted footballer. How we have missed him. So good to see these two back with real appetite and commitment to the cause.
SanMarco added 08:38 - Feb 28
Manure is now a free shot with goal difference matters probably most important. Spuds on the other hand could be a bonus point (or who knows, even 3) if we play well.
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