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Southampton 1 v 2 Cardiff City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, 9th February 2019 Kick-off 15:00

Voting was locked for this match at midnight on Sunday 10th February but you may still add your mini match reports. Note that members and non-members alike were able to vote.

Alex McCarthy4.3
Jan Bednarek5.5
Jack Stephens4.3
Jannik Vestergaard5.1
Yann Valery6.2
Pierre Hojbjerg4.6
Oriol Romeu5.0
James Ward-Prowse4.6
Ryan Bertrand4.6
Shane Long3.3
Nathan Redmond5.3
Charlie Austin3.7
Mohamed Elyounoussi2.6
Sam Gallagher3.1
5.9Neil Etheridge
5.4Lee Peltier
5.5Bruno Ecuele Manga
6.1Sol Bamba
5.5Callum Paterson
5.2Aron Gunnarsson
5.1Joe Ralls
5.3Joe Bennett
5.5Harry Arter
5.1Bobby Reid
5.2Oumar Niasse
5.4Kenneth Zohore
5.2Leandro Bacuna
5.1Victor Camarasa

Referee3.8 
Match Rating2.9 


Your Southampton v Cardiff City Match Reports

beynali73 added 17:06 - Feb 9

What is there to say? Don't win games without strikes. What a luxury to have players who can come off the bench and change the game. Embarrassing.
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I_would added 17:07 - Feb 9

Is Hughes still available?
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beynali73 added 17:17 - Feb 9

Hughes up front could work
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vanmans added 17:22 - Feb 9

All the talk about getting 9 points from the last 3 games and what did we get 2!!! It looks like not buying a striker and a defender in the transfer window was a BIG mistake. The manager talks a good game but today the players looked the same as they have done in last 2 years. Why when we were losing did he take a striker off to bring Austin on? If teams like Cardiff are doing the double over us we don't deserve to be in the Premier League.
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NewburySaint added 17:30 - Feb 9

Put your positive spin on that Nick!

The lack of activity in to the club during the transfer window has really been evident in the last 3 games as to what we’ve been left with-you can’t polish a turd after all however good a manager RH is...,,,
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DPeps added 17:32 - Feb 9

3 winnable games: 2 points, 2 goals conceded in injury time, zero decent performances. Concerning
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KriSaint added 17:35 - Feb 9

What a punch in the fase.
We equalise in injury time from a tap in from Stephens and 2 minutes later Stephens gives the ball away in a dangerous which leads to Cardiff scoring the winner by a player who never scored in the PL before. Don´t know what to say about it right now....
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janecook added 17:36 - Feb 9

Looks like Ralph Hasenhuttl has been stitched up by the board in not spending any money on new players.
Relegation now looks a big possibility when all we have is strikers who cant score and defenders who cant defend.

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beynali73 added 17:42 - Feb 9

I'm afraid to say that it's over. The same issues happen most weeks with missed chances, soft goals gifted to the opposition. The transfer window spoke volumes. This does remind me of the poorviett/watte era. The lack of investment, getting experienced players off the books and bringing the youth through before they were ready e.g. mcgoldrick and blackstock etc. The guardian described saints passing as comical which prefixed with tragi describes the last three seasons. All the respect we once had is now pity at best and pathetic at worst. The defence issue will not change, an effective reliable striker will not be solved, the new manager bounce has gone we need to prepare for prexit. After all we are a 'small club's (TM Ralph)
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codge added 17:46 - Feb 9

Same mistakes can't clear the ball out of defense,we still look weak defending corners.With the height we have you would think we could win the ball in the air but when you have a player
6 ft 8 in that can't get more than 2 inches of the ground you get beaten all the time.This was a perfect example of being short handed up front which should not of happened, was glad to see Bertrand back though and was ok.We still seem to give the ball away far to much though and need to sought that out.
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beynali73 added 17:48 - Feb 9

I'm afraid to say that it's over. The same issues happen most weeks with missed chances, soft goals gifted to the opposition. The transfer window spoke volumes. This does remind me of the poorviett/watte era. The lack of investment, getting experienced players off the books and bringing the youth through before they were ready e.g. mcgoldrick and blackstock etc. The guardian described saints passing as comical which prefixed with tragi describes the last three seasons. All the respect we once had is now pity at best and pathetic at worst. The defence issue will not change, an effective reliable striker will not be solved, the new manager bounce has gone we need to prepare for prexit. After all we are a 'small club's (TM Ralph)
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aceofthebase added 18:15 - Feb 9

This thing we have about a massive improvement and the player's great improvement is like a version of 'The Emperors New clothes'. In reality, nothing has changed, similar style, similar going nowhere moves, similar can't concentrate for 95minutes, similar careless passes, Cant score.
The big change is the manager can talk the talk and he has introduced a few academy players.
What has definitely not changed is there is a real possibility of relegation
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no7saint added 18:35 - Feb 9

I'm normally a happy clapper but feel dejected after that. After last week's handball cost us 3 points, Stephens gave the game to a limited but organised Cardiff with a sloppy pass when momentum had swung back our way. Despite lots of possession we didn't look like scoring and really missed Ings. PEH had an off day and Cardiff had worked out that if they shut Redmond out we'd struggle to create. Ralph had few options on the bench to change the game, I'm struggling to see the point of Elyanoussi.
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SaintPaulVW added 18:39 - Feb 9

Oh dear. Jack Stephens hero to villain in 2 minutes.

Thought we were lacking in all departments today.

I thought it would be nip and tuck until the end of the season. Sadly I think I was right.

'Prexit' laughing through the tears. COYR
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no7saint added 19:07 - Feb 9

I'm normally a happy clapper but feel dejected after that. After last week's handball cost us 3 points, Stephens gave the game to a limited but organised Cardiff with a sloppy pass when momentum had swung back our way. Despite lots of possession we didn't look like scoring and really missed Ings. PEH had an off day and Cardiff had worked out that if they shut Redmond out we'd struggle to create. Ralph had few options on the bench to change the game, I'm struggling to see the point of Elyanoussi.
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no7saint added 19:07 - Feb 9

I'm normally a happy clapper but feel dejected after that. After last week's handball cost us 3 points, Stephens gave the game to a limited but organised Cardiff with a sloppy pass when momentum had swung back our way. Despite lots of possession we didn't look like scoring and really missed Ings. PEH had an off day and Cardiff had worked out that if they shut Redmond out we'd struggle to create. Ralph had few options on the bench to change the game, I'm struggling to see the point of Elyanoussi.
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sandywelsh added 19:21 - Feb 9

The team we have got now would struggle to win a game in the Championship.
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TimSaint added 19:24 - Feb 9

Back to the Puelesque displays again. Pedestrian, no urgency, no real threat up top.

Spent virtually the whole game trying to break a team down, but still have far too many defensively minded players on the pitch. Cardiff were obviously going to defend deeply, so why not play 442, or have more creative forward players ?

Cardiff frustrated and time wasted for 70 mins and then decided to venture into out box. A stupidly conceded corner and Vest gifted Cardiff another goal allowing them to take the lead. Still no urgency, yet when we drove in their box we looked like scoring. (Red / Valery etc) Most players still either want to walk it in, or pass when it is better to shoot or vice versa, or don't want the responsibility of shooting.

After equalising at the start of injury time, I actually thought we may go on to win it, but for the 2nd week running in injury time, a Stephens error has cost us valuable points.

I could go on about other individuals, but what is the point. Complacency, team selection, poor tactics, individual errors and poor finishing has cost us again.

Enjoy Tenerife and make sure you get us a surprise result at Arsenal.

.....we need it as Burnley are currently 3-1 up at Brighton and we are 3rd bottom !!
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saintjf added 19:45 - Feb 9

Yes we are in the relegation zone and we deserve to be. So many poor performances. It is worthwhile reading the press and listening to the pundits sometimes. The bottom line is that If you play a striker of very limited ability who never scores why would you expect him to score. The honeymoon is over Ralph. You have your work cut out keeping the team we saw today up. Anyone really surprised?
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forallthesaints added 19:46 - Feb 9

I don't remember feeling worse after a game than today. Palace last year perhaps but at least in that game, we knew for the whole of the second half that it was coming. We totally outplayed an awful Cardiff team for the first half but barely had a sniff in front of goal. Second half was more of the same for the first half hour and then as soon as Cardiff came out to play, we struggled. Yes we're short of a striker but there were chances in the second half but no one was prepared to have a real dig until Valery's run. Hojbjerg was all over the place today. Yes he won the ball several times and put himself about but on at least 5 occasions just passed the ball to open space, twice of those could have led to decent chances if he'd checked to see someone was there! Long did some good work but lost the ball too easily on occasion, Bertrand the same. Valery had his best game for us and seemed to have the confidence to take people on but his crossing is still an issue. It was good to see Stephens and Vestergaard marauding forward in the first half and they created danger but didn't do it second half. Good to see Bertrand back and he had a decent game - didn't pull up trees but he is still a classy player. Substitutions were a bit odd - Austin is a total waste of space and did nothing, Elyounoussi has proved to be a waste of money - he has done nothing this season. Gallagher didn't have a chance to do anything. For me he should have been on before Austin. He'll never establish himself on 10 minutes every now and then. Cardiff were wasting time and diving around from the start and Atkinson fell for it most times. He was awful. He's always awful but today he outshone himself and gave the worst refereeing display I've seen this season. Utterly gutted but somehow I still think we'll stay up. Huddersfield have gone, Cardiff will not sustain their current run, God knows what Newcastle will do, Brighton are being dragged in and Fulham will continue to leak goals for fun.
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saintjf added 19:56 - Feb 9

Yes we are in the relegation zone and we deserve to be. So many poor performances. It is worthwhile reading the press and listening to the pundits sometimes. The bottom line is that If you play a striker of very limited ability who never scores why would you expect him to score. The honeymoon is over Ralph. You have your work cut out keeping the team we saw today up. Anyone really surprised?
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Phil_looks_sharp added 20:13 - Feb 9

This mentality has been with Southampton FC going back to 2005. When Redknapp was in charge we bought Ricardo Fuller for £95000 to ‘save’ our Premier status.
Fast forward 13 years
We are in trouble at the foot of the table
A transfer window opens allowing us to shore up the Squad
This time ..... we did NOTHING
This club cannot break out of its own pre-conceived image of itself.
We ARE a small club as far as the Chairmen are concerned (Lowe/Krueger) but we still are the 29th ‘richest’ club in Europe!
If we had bought (or had funds available to buy) a decent striker and a decent Centre back in the Tansfer window it would have given us more of a chance. It’s just totally unacceptable.
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mikesaint added 21:01 - Feb 9

Well what can I say goals win games. Che Adams scored a first half hat-trick today to move onto 19 league goals this season. Big mistake not to buy him for what ever price Birmingham wanted for him!!
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KriSaint added 21:14 - Feb 9

After having screamed into a pillow most of the evening, I am now able to relax a little. Let´s be honest: Cardiff were very lucky with this win. We had NO luck. How Valery´s run didn´t end with us scoring, I simply don´t understand.
How Stephens can be so unlucky in injury time 2 weeks in a row, beats me.
It wasn´t Vestergaard who lost the airial duel leading to Cardiff´s first goal, but Hojbjerg.
Austin was not useless. He got an assist.
Where was Armstrong and Simms today???
I am not sure McCarthy can be blamed for anything. Why all the bad ratings for him?
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SanMarco added 21:37 - Feb 9

I wish Nick luck in finding a positive in that catastrophe. Of course a dreadful performance and a disastrous result have got us all down and depressed but what worries me is that Ralph in his after match rant seemed genuinely surprised that our defence is useless. Ten days ago he was happily telling us we hadn't needed to strengthen during the window.

The wisdom of the January inactivity will be the issue for the rest of the season - it is all on a bit of a knife-edge now. Those centre-backs are not going to get any better and our attacking options are very limited. I would take 17th on goal difference after 38 games.
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JimmyMeliaPhD added 22:24 - Feb 9

Hassenhuttl may well save us in the end, but it's not as if he's not making mistakes. Today he was out-strategised by Warnock who set up a defensive shape as expected, but instead of adding attacks on the break he added man-marking. Saints didn't respond at all well. We kept playing a flat line upfront that was supposed to encourage for balls over and behind the defence, but none of those balls ever happened. RH also messed up with the starting line-up, I think. Too defensive in midfield. And putting Shane Long in the starting XI is a mark of insanity whenever it happens and with whatever manager. Long had the kind of game today that surely makes his apologists ("yes, he doesn't score, but he does all kinds of other things for the team") want to eat their words and crawl into a hole. I'm picking on him to begin with because as soon as the XI was announced it was obvious we'd be lucky to score a goal in this match. That meant that what did happen was inevitable--if we concede we give up points. The fact that we equalized and then made another late concession shows it's no accident. And it's no accident that the man responsible for late concession both this week and last week was Stephens. Despite his having a mostly solid game, and even scoring a goal, he's a liability in the end. Aside from Long and Stephens (and the totally clueless Elyounoussi), nobody stood out. Our best players had average games, to put it kindly.
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JimmyMeliaPhD added 00:23 - Feb 10

I just read this comment on another forum and I don't know who BrotherLead is but I realised he has distilled a lot of my pain in to 2 short sentencces:
Remember 2 years ago we could never score with Long and Austin, which gravitated into last season as well? And here we are, still having to rely on the gruesome twosome up front.
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PezzaSaint added 09:29 - Feb 10

Cardiff must have been really scared when they saw that Shane Long was leading the line for us?!!! You can’t question Shane’s endeavour, but you can question his ability at this level! You could hear the laughter in the crowd at Leicester, when he scored we knew we were going to win. We need to change the Manager before he will score again and I like Ralph and hope he is with us for a while and so don’t expect another Shane Long goal for a ‘long’ time!!
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Westender added 09:52 - Feb 10

Poor display. Sorry but tactically you were left wanting today. Three centre backs watching the game from afar leaving us light in midfield.
Valery who apart from one decent was dreadful was too far advanced and spent most of the game ‘marking’ their left back. What this did was mean that Valery was not available as an outlet to the midfield. The second symptom of Valery being hopelessly inept was that their left back was able to sit deep and prevent and balls going into the channels for Redmond to run into or give him space to run into.
Hilarious that Valery is voted MOM on here! People just don’t watch the game closely enough and vote on one or two moments rather than watching the match in detail.
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SaintBrock added 19:49 - Feb 10

Not sure we can quite make 20th but we'll give it a damn good try
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